(Hawaii News Now) - The Hawaii' Medical Service Association (HMSA) is now accepting scholarship applications from Hawaii high school seniors graduating in 2013 for the Eighth annual Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program. The application deadline is February 15, 2013.
Moani Wright-Van Alst joins us with more.
Kaimana Scholarships are awarded to student athletes who are role models for other students. Awards are based on the student's athletic and academic achievement, sportsmanship, and community involvement.
HMSA will award 21 scholarships, valued at $3,000 each. Five distinguished recipients will be selected from the 21 honorees and will receive an additional $2,000 each. This year HMSA will also be unveiling a new $7,500 scholarship in honor of former president and chief executive officer Bob Hiam. Details of the new scholarship will be made public at a later time.
Applicants must be Hawaii high school seniors graduating in 2013 with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in their senior year. They must also have played on a league-recognized team during at least one of their high school years. Special focus will be on student athletes in lower-profile sports.
Student athletes must submit a completed application, short essay on their high school experience and plans after high school, two letters of recommendations from faculty members, and verification of their GPA in writing by a member of the school faculty.
Scholarship recipients will be notified in writing in April and will be recognized at the HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program luncheon in June at the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki.