EAH Housing Scholarship Fund awards 12 students entering college

Nonprofit affordable housing developer, manager and advocate EAH Housing awarded $30,000 in scholarships to 12 of its residents for use in the 2014-15 school year. Each scholarship recipient will receive $2,500. Recipients hail from Hawaii and several cities in California: Turlock, Richmond, San Jose, Union City, Mill Valley, St. Helena and Fresno.
 
“These students have shown an incredible dedication to higher education and we recognize their potential to change the world around them,” said EAH Housing President and CEO Mary Murtagh. “EAH Housing believes in building communities and investing in the future.”
 
Launched in 2012, the EAH Housing Scholarship Fund supports students pursuing higher education and helps defray the rising costs of tuition, textbooks and academic supplies. It was created through generous contributions from late affordable housing advocate Rebecca Wood Watkin, EAH Housing Board of Directors, numerous EAH staff and individual donors.
 
The Scholarship Fund has previously awarded 20 students. Recipients of the scholarship receive annual awards throughout the course of their college education, contingent on academic performance.
 
The schools recipients plan to attend include University of Hawaii at Manoa; Oregon State University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Davis; Heald College; De Anza College; Ohio State University; Contra Costa College; Modesto Junior College; Leeward Community College and California State University, Fresno. The recipients are pursuing degrees in Administrative Justice, Biology, Nursing, Agricultural Sciences, Business and Criminology.
 
Scholarship recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year are:
•        Edgar Baculi, Fresno, CA
•        Sierra Ceja, Turlock, CA
•        Francisco Chavez, Fresno, CA
•        Halia Dawkins, Mill Valley, CA
•        Elizabeth Esquival, San Jose, CA
•        Anahy Hernandez, St. Helena, CA
•        Sabrina Kohgadai, Union City, CA
•        Celine Truong, Honolulu, HI
•        Lexis Onizuka, Mililani, HI
•        Teioni Porter, Richmond, CA
•        Isis Usborns, Mililani, HI
•        Ting Ting Wu, Honolulu, HI
 
“Encouraging the educational aspirations of curious young minds is the key to unlocking a prosperous future,” said Kevin Carney, EAH Housing Vice President - Hawaii. “EAH Housing believes in supporting our keiki by encouraging them to set their sights on the horizon and actively pursue their goals.”

“We know the EAH Housing Scholarship Fund will bring big benefits for these students, their families, and their communities,” said EAH Housing CFO Cathy Macy.