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First Endowed Marine Science Scholarship for Hawai'i CC – Pālamanui students

Thanks to an anonymous donor, West Hawai‘i Island students pursuing marine sciences at the new Hawai'i Community College – Pālamanui campus now have more scholarship support. A $50,000 gift established the West Hawai‘i Marine Science Endowed Scholarship.

This scholarship will support undergraduate students enrolled in the Marine Science degree program at the Hawai‘i CC - Pālamanui campus. Until the Pālamanui campus Marine Science program is officially approved by the Board of Regents, students enrolled in the Natural Science program at the Hawai‘i CC - Pālamanui campus are eligible. Preference will be given to West Hawai‘i residents who are/have been active in Native Hawaiian cultural activities and groups including language, hula, ancient trail restoration work, fishing practices and more, who are also active in their community and performing well academically.

“We are very grateful for this generous endowed scholarship that will support West Hawai‘i students engaged in the marine sciences,” said Hawai‘i Community College Chancellor Noreen Yamane.  “It is critically important for us to move forward in marine sciences as we educate and prepare students to be employed in an area that has such great impact on all of us who live on the Big Island,” she concluded.

Dr. Kenneth "Marty" Fletcher, director of the University of Hawai‘i Center at West Hawai‘i added, “With the Pālamanui Campus now in place, we can lift West Hawai‘i from having the lowest college going rate in the State of Hawai‘i.” Fletcher continued, “Our students are in critical need of scholarships to stay in college and continue their educational journey. Marine science is a driver of West Hawai‘i's economy and this scholarship will help our students be part of this momentum. Endowing this scholarship to support local young people on marine science career paths is visionary.”

“This is a wonderful example of a private donor recognizing a need and an opportunity, and partnering with us to bring about real change for our students and our community,” said University of Hawai‘i Foundation President and CEO Donna Vuchinich. She continued, “We are most grateful.”

If you are interested in learning how you can support the students and programs at Hawai‘i CC please contact Executive Director of Development, Regional & Community Colleges KC Collins at or (808) 956-3458. You can also make a gift online at