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Sanchez awarded Kohala Center scholarship

KaMele Sanchez
KaMele Sanchez

KaMele Sanchez, who will be a senior at Honokaa High School, is one of two students who will receive scholarships from The Kohala Center to participate in academic summer programs. Kaila Alcoran-Gaston, a recent graduate of Ke Ana La‘ahana Public Charter School in Hilo, was the other recipient.

“This program gives me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and enhance my skills, so that I can come back home and share and help better my community,” said Sanchez, who will attend Cornell University’s CURIE Academy Program in Ithaca, New York. The CURIE Academy is a one-week residential engineering program for high school girls who excel in math and science.

The programs, held at institutions such as Cornell University and Brown University, expose Hawaii Island students to leadership and academic development opportunities that catalyze greater achievement and new career aspirations.

Lysha Matsunobu, a graduate of Parker School this year and a U.S. Presidential Scholar, she participated in the Academic Connections program at University of California, San Diego, in 2011 through a Kohala Center scholarship.

To learn more about The Kohala Center’s academic and scholarship programs, go to http://kohalacenter.org/programs/academic.