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Nakupuna Foundation Supports Scholarships For Native Hawaiian Students

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --A APIA Scholars has announced the launch of a new partnership with the Nakupuna Foundation, the foundation arm of the Nakupuna Companies, a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO)a??owned family of companies. Under this new partnership, the Nakupuna Foundation has committed to a one-year $175,000 contribution that will help APIA Scholars provide college and career support to Native Hawaiian students. This includes the APIA/Nakupuna Foundation Scholarship program, set to begin in Spring 2020, which will provide two-year scholarships for eighteen Native Hawaiian students studying in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)a??related fields, as well as virtual Scholar programming in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Nakupuna Foundation, named in honor of the Nakupuna Companies' founder, the late Warren Nakupuna Ah Loo, is dedicated to the economic advancement of Native Hawaiians, and is especially enthusiastic about supporting educational programs and opportunities focusing on STEM subjects."We are grateful to the Nakupuna Foundation for their support and partnership in our mission to make a difference in the lives of APIA students," said NoA«l S. Harmon, President and Executive Director of APIA Scholars. "There are tremendous disparities within the APIA community, both economically and educationally, that are often overlooked especially for underrepresented communities. We are grateful to the Nakupuna Foundation for addressing the needs of Native Hawaiian students in communities across the country and working with us to make a difference.""We are extremely excited to begin building a long-term partnership with APIA Scholars," remarked Cariann Ah Loo, Warren Nakupuna Ah Loo's daughter and Chair of the Nakupuna Foundation. "Their integrated approach to support the entire studenta??from college entry into the workforcea??is exactly the type of partnership the Nakupuna Foundation wants to build. We are grateful and appreciative for their tremendous efforts to get funding to college-bound Native Hawaiians." Applications to the APIA Scholarship Program for 2020-21 academic year were available from September 2019 to January 2020. More information about our scholarship criteria can be found on the APIA Scholars' website.
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