With the support of the City and County of Honolulu, the Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawai‘i offered scholarships to O‘ahu students in local agriculture programs such as 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) to attend National Leadership Conferences in 2015. Students that were enrolled in FFA programs and that were interested in pursuing education and training activities aimed at supporting a career in the agricultural sector were asked to apply for the available scholarships. Scholarships covered travel and conference registration fees for 10 O‘ahu students to attend the FFA Leadership Conference in Washington, DC in July of 2015. Scholarship recipients also networked with Agricultural Leadership Program Alumni and other agricultural professionals at various events in 2015 to support their continued interest in supporting agricultural growth in Hawai‘i.
Meet the 2015 scholarship recipients:
Michelle Biete, Leilehua High School
Carina Kusaka, Leilehua High School
Brianna Hull, Miliani High School
Zoe Tengan, Miliani High School
George Do, Kalani High School
Peter In, Kalani High School
Chad Sloggett, Kalani High School
Serenity Bolo-Padello, McKinley High School
Mackinley Belback, Waipahu High School
Jeremiah Dhin Comorposa, Waipahu High School
Mahalo nui loa to Ken Kajihara from FFA for his efforts on this project. His commitment to the success of our local students in agricultural programs is truly commendable!
Mahalo also to advisors Jackie Akuna of Leilehua High School and Jeff Yamaguchi from Mililani High School (and his wife Monica) for chaperoning the students to the FFA conference.
Christine Brammer was the Youth Program Coordinator for this effort. Program Director Pauline Sato also provided support and direction for this project.
The Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawai‘i is pursuing funding to continue this effort in future years. Please check back for further information on future opportunities!