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Oahu school recipient of $6 million grant from foundation

Punahou School Punahou School

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's second-largest private school has won a $6 million grant from the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation that is expected to be announced Tuesday.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the money being awarded to Punahou School will be used to fund another decade of academic programming for a public-private partnership.

The effort is in its 10th year of grooming disadvantaged public school students for college success through the Partnerships in Unlimited Educational Opportunities program.

The money follows a previous $3 million investment made in 2009 by the foundation.

For participants, the PUEO program boasts a high school graduation rate of 99 percent and a college enrollment rate of 84 percent.

In comparison, Hawaii has an 82 percent graduation rate and a 63 percent college-going rate among public school students.

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