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UH-Hilo gets chunk of $10M federal grant


The University of Hawaii at Hilo has been selected as one of six Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) to be awarded approximately $10 million in grants by the U.S. Department of Education. 

UH-Hilo is among the institutions selected as the first recipients of this program due to its five-year plan to address the specific needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students.  

The grant covers a two-year period ending Sept. 30, 2010, with the university receiving $405,463 in year one and $437,820 in the second year for a total of $843, 283.

“We are honored that UH-Hilo has been selected as one of only six institutions nationwide to be awarded grants through this new program,” Chancellor Rose Tseng said.  “With our Pacific location and commitment to meeting the needs of a diverse student population, it is quite fitting that UH-Hilo has been selected for this program designed for Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions.”  

The AANAPISI program was established in 2007.  It was expanded in scope and extended to 2013 through the Higher Education Opportunity Act.  Like many minority serving institutions, AANAPISI seeks to increase the capacity of higher education institutions to better serve disadvantaged college students.  Though individual plans between the awarded institutions differ, all six applications include outreach to their respective surrounding AAPI communities to encourage youth to pursue post secondary education.

UH-Hilo’s plan seeks to engage students in various “high impact” activities aimed at deepening their levels of engagement and improving their success in college.  Activities will include opportunities for on-campus employment and internships, assisting faculty members with research projects, and tutoring and mentoring students in local schools.   

Another aim is to position the university as a distinguished resource for the study of the Pacific by revising the Pacific Island Studies certificate program, expanding and strengthening Pacific-related library materials, and developing a Pacific-focused speaker series.

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