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Education briefs for Oct. 17

Elks foundation offers scholarship

The cost of education continues to rise. For many students entering college, this means getting a job to help pay for school. For others, higher costs mean sacrificing their dream school.

Through the 2014 Elks National Foundation’s Most Valuable Student (MVS)scholarship contest, 500 current high school seniors will be able to start college next year with less stress.

The Elks Foundation will award 20 top scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. The remaining 480 runners-up will receive $4,000 scholarships.

The MVS scholarship is available to all high school seniors who are United States citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks.

Males and females compete separately, and are judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need. Completed applications from East Hawaii residents must be turned into the Hilo Elks Lodge at 150 Kinoole St. by Dec. 6.

The 500 national winners will be announced in late April, after the top 20 finalists participate in a Leadership Weekend in Chicago. Applications for the 2014 contest are available on the Elks National Foundation’s website, Or, call Lily Chan-Harris, Hilo Elks scholarship chair, at 935-1717.

Ikehara selected for JET Programme

A spring 2013 University of Hawaii at Hilo graduate was recently selected for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. Allena Ikehara, a Japanese studies major with an English and linguistics minor who also completed the Teaching English as Second Language Certificate, will be living in the city of Buzen-shi in the province of Fukuoka for at least a year.

She will teach at 10 elementary and two junior high schools within the prefecture.

Representatives from the Honolulu Consulate General of Japan will visit UH-Hilo on Mondayfrom 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Library Lanai to promote the JET Programme. An information session is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kilohana Center on the lower level of Mookini Library.

For more information, contact the Center for Global Education and Exchange at 933-8809, or email

Students rank high in contest

Parker School senior Lysha Matsunobu has been selected as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist in the 59th annual National Merit Program. Three HPA seniors have been named Commended Students in the merit program. They are Melia Cavedoni, Hannah Twigg-Smith and Alexandra K. Van Pernis.


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