UH-Hilo student wins local and international STEM scholarships from Zonta

Listen to this Article
1 minute
Loading Audio... Article will play after ad...
Playing in :00

Sofia Ferreira Colman. Photo courtesy.

A University of Hawai’i at Hilo student pursuing her master’s thesis and creating three-dimensional models of Hawaiian coral reefs received a $1,000 from the 2023 Zonta Club of Hilo Women in STEM Scholarship.

Sofia Ferreira Colman, who is studying Marine Science at UH-Hilo, is from Paraguay, and was selected as one of 30 women representing 20 countries who were awarded the 2023 Zonta International Women in STEM Scholarship of $5,000.  

She said the STEM Scholarship will enable her to complete her master’s thesis that involves creating three-dimensional models of Hawaiian coral reefs to investigate the intricate connections between the structural complexity of reef habitats and the local fish community using a trait-based approach.  


“Ultimately, the models can help scientists find ways of fighting climate effect change in Hawai‘i,” she said. 

The Zonta Women in STEM Scholarships are awarded to women pursuing a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree program who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field.  Open to women of any age, students must be enrolled at an accredited university/college/institute in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a master’s program at the time the application is submitted.  The next application deadline is May 2024.

Zonta Club of Hilo is member of Zonta International, whose mission is to build a better world for women and girls.  Scholarship information is available at


Sponsored Content

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay in-the-know with daily or weekly
headlines delivered straight to your inbox.


This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Big Island Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments