Proud to announce our AAUW Hilo Branch Scholarship Winners for 2020. Left to right – Top Row – Maybeleen Apwong, Dawn McSwain,
Left to right – Second row: Shihui Chen, Allison Dupree.
PRESENTING – our AAUW Hilo 2019 Scholarship Winners/ MORE ABOUT THEIR BACKGROUND!
Maybeleen’s educational journey began in her home island Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). As there is no university level education in FSM, she eventually came to the University of Hawaii at Hilo to study unique environments, of ecology and human interactions, and forest dynamics. Her talent, passion and dedication for the conservation of native tropical ecosystems has inspired her supervisor to predict that Maybeleen will become “one of the leading scientists in her field to expand the scientific frontiers examining the interactions between humans and natural systems .”
She is working on her master’s degree in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, researching the vulnerability of the mangrove forests on her home island, Pohnpei.
Dawn’s passion resides in studying the coral reefs that provide many services all over the world, including promoting fisheries, helping to reduce the impact of storms and providing steady revenue from the tourist industry. As climate change is affecting these coastal communities’ way of life, it is important to study how to mitigate possible stressors. Additionally, she wants to make sure that science is accessible to everyone, especially the keiki.
Dawn is working on her Master’s degree in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She has been certified as a scuba diver in order to have research diving skills for her coral reef project. She has been teaching classes for the Marine Science Department at the University, including field work carried out on a 39-foot research vessel. Dawn feels that UH Hilo has been the perfect place to learn about coral reefs and she is excited for the opportunity to give back to the community that has given so much to her.
Shihui is in her second year at Hawaii Community College, majoring in Liberal Arts. After completing her Associate’s degree, she will attend a four year university, studying Art Management. Shihui’s passion for the arts rests in her belief that art is the path to bringing diverse peoples together through understanding and appreciation; promoting cultural exchanges and the sharing of the diverse cultures.
Allison’s dream career is to be one of the administrative executives in the Women’s Healthcare field. She has a deep passion for empowering women, especially in accessing adequate medical needs.
Allison has been active in the Women’s/LGBTQ+ Center at the University as lead program coordinator and assists the interim director in day to day activities. She serves on the University of Hawaii Commission on the Status of Women and works in the Title IX program as a Peer Educator.
Allison is in her fourth year and is working on a double major in Business Administration Healthcare Management at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Prior Scholarship Winners:
- 2019: Annabelle Nyers, Annalise Cogan, Kailee Yoshimura, Maya Goodoni, Ariana Dolan, Shantel Akau, Skye Narvaez, Heather Padilla
- 2018: Kaylee DeCambra; Kathryn Strong; Kaimalie Zirker; Amanda Alvarado; Liesl Nayeli
- 2017: Heather Ah Cook, Katherine S. Post, Jamae Valdez Balagot, Nicole Garcia
- 2016: Mya Yee Nandar, Carola Geitner, Jelyn Heaster, and Marleena Scheffield
- 2015: Ashley Fukuchi, Samantha Hanabaga, Kathleen Smith, and Heather Stever
- 2014: Mary Kathleen Howe, Ilana Stout, Hoang-Yen Nguyen, Stacey Reed
- 2013: Debra Cannoles, Evelina Kocharov, Kristy Lungo, Noriko Sata
- 2012: Christine Nguyen, Corina Sampaia, Ashli Hirai & Mariah Partida
- 2011: Christine Nguyen & Corina Sampaia
- 2010: Jamie Lee Cookson & Jenny Lee Ramos & Samantha Hanabaga
Alison Martyn & Kelsea Machida
- 2009: Melissa Johnson & Kendall Rau
- 2008: Mahealani Lono & SJK Cardoza-Maikui
- 2007: Amanda Arce & Kerry Ogawa
- 2006: Lacey Price & Charmaine Bugado
- 2005: Christina Rossman
- 2004: Tiffany DelaCruz & Ariel Marsh
- 2003: Jennifer Camp & Tricia Macayan
- 2002: S. Goodman-Robinson
- 2001: Deborah Hamamoto