About Town: 06-12-18

  • Sarah Chang
  • Maya Gee
  • Eva Garces
  • Hope Kudo

Sarah Rosenberg Memorial Foundation Scholarship awardees announced

The Kealakehe High School SCC Sarah Rosenburg Memorial Foundation Scholarship has announced the scholarship winners for 2017-2018. The awardees are: “Most Outstanding (Kupono) Waverider” – first place winner: Hope Kudo ($3,500); second place winner: Eva Garces ($3,000) and “Most Charitable (Lokomaika’i) Waverider” – first place winner: Maya Gee ($3,500); second place winner: Sarah Chang ($3,000). Based on placing first in their category in this scholarship, both Hope and Maya delivered the main speeches for the class of 2018 Kealakehe High School graduation.

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Kudo is attending Harvard University and is pursuing a double major in government/public policy and environmental science with a minor in Arabic while Garces will attend Yale University and will major in both mathematics and English with a concentration in music. Gee is pursuing a degree in political science with a minor in education studies from Middlebury College in Vermont and Chang will attend Wheaton College in Illinois where she will pursue a nursing degree.

In 2000, the Kealakehe High School Community Council established four scholarships that support Kealakehe’s vision and mission of providing students with a quality education while also graduating young adults who are well-rounded, skilled, hard-working and willing to give back to their families, their community and the world.

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In 2005, the scholarships were re-named the Kealakehe High SCC Sarah Rosenberg Memorial Foundation Scholarships. Sarah Rosenberg was a successful student-athlete and civic leader at Kealakehe High School from Aug. 2001 until she was killed by a traffic accident mid-way through her senior year (Dec. 2004). Over the course of her high school career, Sarah came to embody the highest qualities of a Kealakehe High School Waverider: a student who builds and cherishes strong relationships, earns and shows respect toward all people and willingly fulfills all of their responsibilities. These scholarships came to bear her name as a means of capturing her spirit and to serve as an inspiration for all future Waveriders. After Sarah’s death, a fund was established through the Hawaii Community Foundation so that the scholarships would be perpetual.

Since Kealakehe’s first graduation in 2001, there have been 84 awardees who have earned a total of $145,500 which they have used to support their post-secondary education.