HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Taylor Preza
Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Brian Schatz announced on Thursday the U.S. Department of Education will be awarding new grants to programs and institutions of higher education that serve Native Hawaiian communities, from preschool through college and career training.
The projects will support vital needs such as kindergarten readiness, including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education as well as Native Hawaiian culture and language and college success.
Senator Hirono wished her congratulations to the grantees in a statement.
“Congratulations to the 24 grantees who are working to prepare Native Hawaiian students and families to reach their educational and career goals,” Hirono said. “After visiting many of these schools and programs in Hawaii, I have seen first-hand how important it is to empower Native Hawaiian students, and will continue to fight for these valuable funds. When students have a sense of place and feel they're a part of the community, they can thrive in the classroom and beyond.”
“Many in our Native Hawaiian communities face unique challenges in gaining a higher education," Schatz said. "We must make sure the federal government continues to do its part to identify and tackle some of the obstacles standing in their way. These investments will go a long way in providing our children with the opportunities to learn in a unique, culturally sensitive way and help them reach their full potential.”
The Native Hawaiian Education Program (NHEP) grantees will be receiving more than $8 million in funding and over $11 million will be awarded to Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions of Higher Education.
A full list of awards is below:
Native Hawaiian Education Program Awardees