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The Kohala First Year Scholarship


We are happy to present this year's recipients of The Kohala First Year Scholarship. We offer our congratulations and best wishes for their success!


2008-2009 Scholarship Recipients

Seated left to right:

Mandie Ku, Joseph Hasegawa, Livinia Holschuh, & Tiana Savdra


The Intent for The Kohala First Year Scholarship Program

New Moon Foundation and The Lally Family established The Kohala First Year Scholarship in February, 2006. The intent for this scholarship is to benefit the quality of life for residents in the community of North Kohala by increasing the participation of qualified Kohala High School students in post-secondary education at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo in any area of study. The Executive Directors of New Moon Foundation, Bennett Dorrance, Jr., and Thuy Fujimoto, believe along with their partners Jim Lally and Lynn Lally, that education is a great equalizer and can play an important role in the health and vitality of individuals, families and their community.

The Kohala First Year Scholarship offers financial assistance with tuition, fees, books and supplies, and meals, as well as on-campus housing costs and miscellaneous personal expenses incurred during the first year of attendance at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo. The current monetary value of The Kohala First Year Scholarship is up to $13,238.00 per student.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria and Selection Process

Eligibility Criteria

  • Recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents.
  • Recipients must be graduates of Kohala High School on the Big Island of Hawai'i.
  • Recipients must be full-time undergraduate students majoring in any area of study at UHH.
  • Recipients must have first attended the Kohala First Year Scholarship Orientation Day.
  • Financial need shall be a criterion in making this award.
  • Recipients shall have completed no more than 24 edit hours of college-level work.
  • Preference shall be given to recipients who are first generation college students.
  • Preference shall be given to recipients who have a history of community service.

Selection and Notification

The scholarship funds up to four students per year. Candidates are recommended by a scholarship committee appointed by Kohala High School. From this group, candidates are further qualified and selected by a committee appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo. The Financial Aid Office at UH Hilo determines the monetary qualification of the candidates and notifies recipients of their selection. (The scholarship covers up to the total current cost for a student's first year of education at UHH. The actual amount awarded to each qualified recipient will be dependent upon their family's estimated contribution as determined by the UH Financial Aid Office.) The UH Foundation arranges for payment of the scholarship.

For more information

Please contact Programs at New Moon Foundation (889-0615;


Past Recipients of The Kohala First Year Scholarship

We congratulate last year's recipients for successfully completing their first year of advanced education and for their decisions to continue their academic pursuits!


2007-2008 Scholarship Recipients
Leianna DeSilva
Devin Marquez
Nicole Pasalo









2006-2007 Scholarship Recipients
Renee Gironella
Timothy Holschuh
Tina Galan

We offer our aloha and best wishes to Renee, Tim and Tina for continued success in their academic and personal lives!



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