Grant bolsters Hawaiian education
The University of Hawaii has won $3.8 million in federal grant money over the next five years for improving and enhancing native Hawaiian education.
UH's Office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity was awarded the grant from the U.S. Department of Education, UH announced last week. The grant will fund three UH projects:
» Manoa Educational Talent Search Program, which provides educational and college planning activities for 600 Nanakuli Intermediate & High School and Waianae High School students. Two-thirds of the participants will be from low-income families and potential first-generation college students. The program will receive $1.1 million during the next five years.
» Manana Kupono, which works to increase access to college for at-risk native Hawaiian students. The program seeks to raise both the transfer rate of native Hawaiian students from community college into four-year programs and their retention rate at UH-Manoa. The program will receive $1.4 million during the next three years.
» Program for Afterschool Literacy Support, which focuses on literacy for native Hawaiian children in grades 3 to 6 and examines the effectiveness of interventions on student achievement related to the No Child Left Behind Act. The study will receive nearly $1.3 million during the next three years.