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Scholarships offered for summer environmental science, engineering programs


The Kohala Center invites high school students to apply for scholarships to residential engineering and environmental science summer programs.

These opportunities are offered in partnership with Cornell University, Brown University, and the University of California, San Diego.

For more information and application forms for all programs, visit, call 887-6411, or e-mail Erica Perez at

The programs are:

* Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL) at Brown University, Sustainable Development, June 24–July 5, July 8–July 19, and July 22–August 2. Application deadline is March 29.

The Kohala Center and Brown University are offering full-tuition scholarships for two Hawaii Island students. Scholarship recipients must cover their own travel costs.

For two-week sessions, students will live at Brown University’s Haffenreffer estate, a 372-acre historic farm adjacent to Narrangansett Bay in Rhode Island, and learn how human demands on the environment often compromise long-term ecosystem health.

Students will also learn about policies, practices, and emerging technologies that can help reduce humankind’s ecological impact. Mentoring is provided by Brown faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students.

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* CURIE and CATALYST engineering academies at Cornell University, July 14–20. Application deadline is Feb. 18.

The Kohala Center is offering two full-tuition scholarships to qualified high school students to attend either the CURIE Academy or the CATALYST Academy, both hosted by the Diversity Programs in Engineering at Cornell. Qualified applicants may apply for one or both of the programs.

The CURIE Academy is a one-week residential engineering program for high school girls who excel in math and science and want to learn more about opportunities in engineering in an interactive atmosphere.

Cornell University’s faculty and graduate students will lead CURIE participants in classes, lab sessions, and project research. Rising sophomore, junior, or senior girls with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are eligible to apply.

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* The CATALYST Academy for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors is a one-week summer residential engineering program, during which the university’s faculty and graduate students lead participants in classes, lab sessions, and project research.

The mission of the CATALYST Academy is to advance diversity in engineering and its related disciplines.

Scholarship applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

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* University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Academic Connections—San Diego, July 7-27. Application deadline is March 29.

UCSD and The Kohala Center are offering one full-tuition scholarship to a qualified high school student to attend an Academic Connections program of their choosing in San Diego. Scholarship recipient must cover his/her own travel costs.

Academic Connections at UCSD is a three-week pre-college summer academic and residential experience targeted to college-bound high school students, grades 9–12. Students will experience courses taught by UCSD graduate students or work side-by-side with UCSD researchers in their labs on specific projects.

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* UCSD Academic Connections—Hawaii, Aug. 10–17. Application deadline is March 29.

UCSD is offering one full-tuition scholarship to a qualified high school student to attend the Academic Connections program on Hawaii Island.

The Alakai i ka Mālama Honua “A Leader in Caring for the Earth” course is made possible by a partnership between UCSD and The Kohala Center.

This one-week pre-college summer academic experience for college-bound high school students in grades 9–12 examines the diverse ecosystem and climate zones of Hawaii Island.

Traveling around the island, students will study geology, volcanology, marine science, and Hawaiian history.

Find out more and access application materials at

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