The American Association of University Women Kona Branch has awarded its 2013 scholarships to young women at three different West Hawaii high schools this year. Each student will receive a $2,000 scholarship to assist with her future educational goals.
Kohala High School senior Michelle Sahagun aspires to be an elementary school teacher and plans to attend the University of Hawaii at Hilo to pursue her degree. Sahagun has maintained a more than 4.0 grade point average while taking advanced placement classes, including English, which was not her first language.
An outstanding student in the classroom, as well as on the athletic field, Keoulikamahao Ruedy, a senior at Ke Kula O Ehunuikaimalino School, is planning to major in nursing at Eastern Washington University, then return to Kona to work in a local hospital. Her academic record has placed her on the school’s honor roll all four years, while she has excelled at both soccer and track and field athletically. She also worked part-time and has volunteered at both school and community events.
Becom-ing a lawyer, as well as having a passion for acting, helps define Angelica Shumov, a senior at Hawaii Prepara-tory Academy. Her strong and varied choice of high school courses helps to feed these passions, along with her desire to be part of a community where people can really make a difference. Shumov will be studying at American University in Washington, D.C., where she hopes to experience a wide range of activities that reflect her goal of serving as an advocate for underprivileged families.