Yesterday was the deadline to apply for our 2019 Leadership Scholarship. Students had to submit a resume and personal statement and write an essay about an issue in their community that concerned them.
We received applications from 108 students representing dozens of public and private high schools on four islands. We are so impressed by what our next generation of Hawaii leaders are doing in the community.
We really wish we could award more than one scholarship this year, but our goal is to save up for an endowment that can provide scholarships to Hawaii students in perpetuity. Our Scholarship Committee will have the tough task of narrowing the applications to one scholarship recipient!
We will be announcing our scholarship recipient in May and recognizing the recipient at our Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, June 15, 2019 (mark your calendars).
One of our core belief is that fundraising does not need to be boring. We spent this weekend with 24 of our old and new friends at a few Waikiki bars, raising money for scholarships.
Thank you to Malia and Paul, two of our outstanding Leadership Council members, who planned the event.
At the end of January, we published the qualifications, criteria, and application requirements for our 2019 Jordan & Cara Odo Leadership Scholarship. As the name of the scholarship makes evident, we are looking for a Hawaii high school senior who serves as a leader in his/her community. Applicants must submit their resume, personal statement, and essay.
To publicize the scholarship, we've reached out to college counselors at 70 public and private high schools and a few community organizations. We've also posted our scholarship on a few national scholarship databases.
Help us spread the word!
As a nonprofit, we rely on the talent, expertise, and dedication of our wonderful team of volunteers. Without them, we could not work to achieve our three goals of developing a sustainable scholarship endowment, recognizing the contributions of young leaders, and empowering future difference makers.
We are so happy that Trevor Baba, Karen Wong, and John Doyle have joined our team!
Trevor is a teacher at Radford High School, where he helps prepare students for college through the AVID program and develops leadership skills through his supervision of the student council. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor's in Education. He is also currently working on completing his Master's program in Educational Foundations.
Karen is a civil engineer at NAVFAC Hawaii, where she helps our service members of the U.S. Navy and Air Force by planning for and addressing facilities needs at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Prior to working at NAVFAC, she was a traffic engineer for Austin Tsutsumi & Associates. Originally from Tahiti, she graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering.
John is a Technical Director for the Department of Defense, supporting U.S. Pacific Command. Prior to his public service, he led technology services and IT operations at Farelogix Inc., a venture capital startup. He graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Engineering, and most recently from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with an Master's of Business Administration. John also serves on the Board of Directors for the Shidler Alumni Association.
Trevor and Karen will serve on our Scholarship Committee, alongside Cara Odo, Alysa Tomasa, Tanya Sasaoka, and Jon Alarcio. John will help roll out our youth development efforts through the Mentorship Committee.
Visit the Our Team page to see the whole team.
We held our second annual Scholarship Luncheon on June 12, 2016, at Dave & Buster's. Around 75 people, including last year's recipient, Evelyn Chow, helped us congratulate our Leadership Scholarship recipient, Crystal Cebedo.
Thank you for attending the event and continuing to support our efforts. Without our friends and family, we would not be able to award any scholarships.
Thank you to our awesome supporters! We had a blast at our "Homecoming Mash Up" karaoke event. Come join us next year!
We had a blast at the Foundation's Scholarship Fundraising Luncheon on May 24, 2015, at the First Hawaiian Center. Matt & Marc played great music! Munchiez by Sweet Pea Cafe provided us ono kalua pig and cabbage, adobo, and shoyu chicken, as well as their tasty candied bacon cookies and chocolate dipped fruits. Our guests also took a shot at going home with one of ten awesome items.
We also awarded our first ever scholarship to Evelyn Chow, a senior at Kalani High School. See her bio here.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this event successful!
We're so excited to get the ball rolling.
This month, we've completed the application for our scholarship. We're looking to award a $500 scholarship to a high school senior looking to attend college. We've also finalized the Alahoku Fellows program schedule and began recruiting participants, mentors, and experts.
In addition to starting these two initiatives, we've been involved in fundraising with iDcard sales.
Through all of this, we've watched how family, friends, and complete strangers supported our Foundation and its efforts. It's unbelievable. We're so grateful.
On Friday, November 14th, we had our very first fundraiser at Air Park Karaoke Lounge in Honolulu. Around 60 of our friends showed up and showed off their bling and singing skills! We had a lot of fun, and we hope everyone did too. Thank you to our friend Nicolette at Munchiez by Sweet Pea Cafe for providing us the ono Mochiko Chicken bentos, Kai for creating our Instagram picture prop, Alysa for the diamond decorations, and all the attendees for making it a memorable night!
We're happy to announce two new developments!
1. The IRS granted our application for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. ("The benefits of having 501(c)(3) status include exemption from federal income tax and eligibility to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions." See Publication 4220.)
2. Thanks to the Scholarship Committee, the Foundation finalized the qualifications, criteria, and application process for the scholarship. (Great job, folks!) Check back later for the application.