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HPU/HPA scholarship benefits HS journalists

by Kalamalama staff

In 1998, HPU President Chatt G. Wright proposed that the University award scholarships in conjunction with the Hawai‘i Publishers Association High School Journalism Competition. Since then, up to four scholarships have been offered every year to local students participating in their high school newspaper programs.

“We wanted the HPU academic program to attract the best and brightest minds in the state,” said Dr. Helen Varner, dean of the College of Communication. “The scholarship program has been very successful, and HPU graduates now work at every television station, magazine, and newspaper in Hawai‘i. We feel that the scholarship program is an investment in the future success of our state’s communication industries,” she added.


The scholarships may be applied to any one of seven undergraduate degree programs in the College of Communication; these include advertising, communication, corporate communication, journalism, public relations, speech, and visual communication. About 600 students are majoring in communication degrees at HPU at this time, Varner said.

The College of Communication at HPU has won international awards in national competitions in advertising, graphic design, video production, and journalism. The student newspaper, Kalamalama, was ranked “Most Outstanding College Newspaper” in 1999 by the American Scholastic Press Association. It has been ranked in the top six collegiate newspapers in America for the past eight years and regularly wins “Most Outstanding Community Service” awards.

Student videos have been shown by invitation at the Smithsonian Institute and the Newport Beach Film Festival and have won numerous national and international awards.

Four scholarships are awarded each academic year for a total value of more than $100,000. Each scholarship is a 75 percent tuition waiver that is renewable as long as the student maintains a 3.0 GPA or higher and full-time enrollment. Graduating seniors from any high school on any island in Hawai‘i are invited to apply.

The first cohort entered HPU in fall of 1999, and all have graduated. Joyce Bada, a graduate of Campbell High School, graduated from HPU in May 2003 with summa cum laude honors and a B.A. in Public Relations. Jessie Domingo, who attended Lanakila Baptist, completed his B.A. in Advertising at HPU with magna cum laude honors. Sloane Kini finished high school at Kahuku and completed her B.A. in Visual Communication at HPU in May 2004. Other scholarship recipients still attending HPU include Audrey Mae Alvarez, Lahainaluna High School; Sheri Aplaca, Waialua High School; Sheri Takara, Mililani High School; Nanea Ming Ja Kalani, Hana High and Elementary School; Amanda Finn, Kalaheo High School; Sarah Covell, Radford High School; Isabel Batenhorst, Radford High School; Teresa Bell, Waialua High School; Jermel-lynn Quillopo, Moanalua High School; and Krystle Grande Duldulao, Campbell High School. Brian Fields, a graduate of Kalaheo High School, attended HPU for a year on the HPA scholarship and was then accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy.


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