Scholarship recipients from all islands honored at awards ceremony on May 15
HONOLULU —Foodland Super Market, Ltd., Hawaii’s locally owned and largest supermarket retailer, awarded a total of $220,000 in scholarships to 110 Hawaii high school students through its Shop for Higher Education program this year. Scholarship recipients and their families from all islands were honored at an awards ceremony at the Hawaii Prince Hotel on Saturday, May 15.
Aloha Will, a senior at Molokai High School, was one of the recipients.
A total of 83 Hawaii public, private and charter schools participated in Foodland’s annual Shop For Higher Education program this year. From February through March, Foodland, Sack N Save and Foodland Farms customers were asked to help send Hawaii’s kids to college by designating their favorite Hawaii high schools at checkout. Then, everytime they shopped, their designated schools earned points for scholarships. The more points a school earned, the more scholarships it received.
“We believe that supporting higher education is an important way that we can make a meaningful difference in our community,” said Jenai S Wall, Foodland Chairman and CEO. “Through the support of our customers and vendors, we are pleased to award (110) $2,000 college scholarships to deserving high school seniors across the state this year,” continued Wall.
The (110) $2,000 scholarships were awarded to a total of 60 high schools as follows:
• The top 5 schools earning the most points received (5) $2,000 scholarships each.
• The next 10 schools earning the most points received (3) $2,000 scholarships each.
• The next 10 schools received (2) $2,000 scholarships each.
• The next 35 schools received (1) $2,000 scholarships each.
This year, the top 5 schools earning the most points and receiving the most (5) $2,000 scholarships were Kahuku High and Intermediate School, Kapaa High School, Hilo High School, Lahainaluna High School, and Maui High School.
Once the top schools earning scholarships were determined, schools were asked to select their scholarship recipients based on the criteria established by Foodland. Foodland asked schools to select senior students who best exemplify excellence in academics and community service, and demonstrate qualities of personal character and behaviors in common with Foodland’s founder, Maurice J. “Sully” Sulivan. During his lifetime, Sully set the example as a dynamic and outstanding leader who gave unselfishly to his community.
The high school students receiving scholarships this year plan to attend schools both in Hawaii and on the mainland. Some of the schools they plan to attend include University of Hawaii (Manoa and Hilo), Hawaii Pacific University, Stanford University, Boston University, Princeton University, Dartmouth College, and Brown University among others.