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by Jessica S. McDunn, University Relations

In recognition of his work to strengthen high school-college partnerships in schools with underserved student populations, Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Associate Director of admissions Scott Liedtke has received the Foundation for Excellent Schools (FES) Mario Peña Award. The award was presented Nov. 18 at the 10th Annual FES National Conference in Bolton Landing, New York.

Liedtke (HPU B.A. ’96, M.A. ’97) has helped coordinate visits and programs from numerous Hawai‘i schools including Kailua High School and Intermediate School, Castle High School, and Kapolei High School on O‘ahu, and Kapa‘a High School on Kaua‘i. He was recognized for providing “exciting educational opportunities designed to elevate the aspirations and dreams of the youth of Hawai‘i,” said Dennis Fahey, principal of South Middle School, Westfield, Mass., who presented the award.

“ If what I do has an impact on kids, then I’m one of the luckiest people I kno, because I love what I do,” said Liedtke.

This is the second time the Mario Peña award has been presented. The first honoree was the award’s namesake, who spent more than three decades promoting educational opportunities.
The Mario Peña Award recognizes those who have contributed significantly to the advancement of FES school-college partnerships and their ultimate goal of helping underserved students attain the dream of college.

FES, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1991 to raise the academic inspirations and performance of underrepresented youth so they can prepare for, access, and be successful in college. Over the past 16 years FES has helped 140,000 underserved students in 350 schools across the country strengthen their academic performance, graduate from high school, and pursue college.


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