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Applications available for Pacific Century Fellows program

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Fund for the Pacific Century, a charitable community organization is accepting applications for its 14th class of Pacific Century Fellows.

The program, modeled after the White House Fellows Program, is designed to recognize and encourage Hawaii's future leaders.

The nine-month program will include approximately 30 of Hawaii's most promising individuals from all segments of our community who are in their mid-20s to early 40's.

The fellows will be selected by an 18-member committee of prominent citizens based on their demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals and on having exhibited leadership qualities in their current professional, volunteer, and civic activities.

Mufi Hannemann, who serves as chairman of the board of the Fund for the Pacific Century, was himself a White House Fellow in 1983-84.

"It has been exciting to see this program develop and to hear from past participants on how they have benefited from the experience. Graduates of the program include elected officials in various positions, including Mayor and Lt. Governor, bank executives and top business leaders, major labor and non- profit representatives, University professors, media and public relations officials, physicians, and military officers. We will be selecting our 14th class of fellows and providing these up-and-coming leaders with a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of the issues confronting our community and nation," said Hannemann.

Those chosen will gain a broader view of those issues through direct contact with senior community, social and government leaders.

"The program is not intended to end at graduation," said Hannemann. "Program Fellows are encouraged to develop long-term relationships and are expected to play active public service roles."

Individual companies may sponsor candidates for the program. The cost is $3,300 to cover expenses. Employers are encouraged to pay employee program costs, but tuition assistance is available. Applications and information is available at

The deadline for submission of applications is July 1, 2013.

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