“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
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
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
The first cohort entered HPU in fall of 1999, and all have
graduated. Joyce Bada, a graduate of Campbell High School,
HPU in May 2003 with summa cum laude honors and a B.A. in
Public Relations. Jessie Domingo, who attended Lanakila
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,
School; Sheri Aplaca, Waialua High School; Sheri Takara,
Mililani High School; Nanea Ming Ja Kalani, Hana High and
School; Amanda Finn, Kalaheo High School; Sarah Covell, Radford
School; Isabel Batenhorst, Radford High School; Teresa Bell,
Waialua High School; Jermel-lynn Quillopo, Moanalua High
School; and Krystle Grande Duldulao, Campbell High School.
a graduate of Kalaheo High School, attended HPU for a year
on the HPA scholarship and was then accepted to the U.S.