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Four UHH Students Recipients of Alumni Scholarships

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Four students, including three graduates of Big Island high schools, have been awarded scholarships by the UH Hilo Alumni and Friends Association.

The recipients of the $1,500 scholarships are:


  • Holo Ho`opai, a Hilo High School graduate and former student of the Hawaiian language immersion school Ke Kula O Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu`u. He is pursuing a master’s degree in Hawaiian language and literature, and plans to seek admission to a doctoral program or law school after graduating from UHH.
  • Jodie Schulte, a graduate of Bear Creek High School in Colorado. She is seeking a master’s in tropical conservation biology and environmental Sciences. Her post-graduate pursuits will focus on preserving native species in Hawaii’s lowland wet forests.
  • Melissa Sullivan is a graduate of Pahoa High School. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing in 2007 and is a member of the inaugural class in the Doctorate of Nursing Program being launched this fall.
  • Lissa Tsutsumi graduated from Hilo High School and is currently a senior at UHH.  Her ultimate educational goal is to earn a doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences.  She plans to pursue a career helping to develop the next generation of pharmaceuticals and “cosmeceuticals.”

This is the eighth year the association has awarded scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students with alumni ties to the University.


The scholarships are made possible by money raised through the Distinguished Alumni and Service Awards Banquet, Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament, and donations from the community.


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