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Hirono, Schatz announce $20M for Native Hawaiian education


Sens. Mazie K. Hirono and Brian Schatz have announced grants to programs and institutions of higher education that serve Native Hawaiian communities, from preschool through college and career training.

Projects will support vital needs such as kindergarten readiness; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education; Native Hawaiian culture and language; and college success.

“Congratulations to the 24 grantees who are working to prepare Native Hawaiian students and families to reach their educational and career goals,” said Hirono. “After visiting many of these schools and programs in Hawaii, I have seen first-hand how important it is to empower Native Hawaiian students and will continue to fight for these valuable funds. When students have a sense of place and feel they’re a part of the community, they can thrive in the classroom and beyond.”

“Many in our Native Hawaiian communities face unique challenges in gaining a higher education. We must make sure the federal government continues to do its part to identify and tackle some of the obstacles standing in their way,” Schatz said. “These investments will go a long way in providing our children with the opportunities to learn in a unique, culturally sensitive way and help them reach their full potential.”

Native Hawaiian Education Program (NHEP) grantees are receiving more than $8 million in funding and more than $11 million are being awarded to Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions of Higher Education.

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