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Deadline nears for HMSA Kaimana Scholarships


The Hawaii Medical Service Association is reminding high school student athletes and coaches that scholarship applications are still available for the HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program. In 2009, 21 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors.

The scholarship application deadline is Feb. 27.

Each scholarship is worth $2,000, and three distinguished recipients will receive an additional $1,000. Winners will be selected based on athletic and academic achievement, community involvement, sportsmanship, and letters of recommendation.

Applicants must be a Hawaii high school senior graduating in 2009 with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in their senior year. They must also have played on at least one of their school’s athletic teams in a league-sanctioned sport during their high school career.

Student athletes must submit a short essay on why they believe they deserve a scholarship. The applications must also include recommendations from two faculty members and the student’s GPA must be verified in writing by a member of the school faculty.

Scholarship recipients will be notified in writing in May, and will be recognized at the HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program luncheon June 20 at the Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel.

HMSA started the HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program in August 2005. The program recognizes outstanding all-around achievement by public or independent high schools, rewards individual student athlete accomplishments with scholarships, and supports excellence in coaches’ education.  

HMSA’s sponsorship is one of the largest high school athletics sponsorships in Hawaii’s history and directly supports the health plan’s goal to promote physical activity among Hawaii’s youth. The program is named Kaimana, the Hawaiian word for “diamond,” to reflect its multifaceted nature.

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