UH Mortar Board chapter wins award
The Hui Po'okela
chapter of Mortar Board at the University of Hawaii-Manoa received the Silver Torch Award and Project Excellence Award at the organization's national conference, the university said in a news release.
The UH-Manoa chapter was one of 51 chapters to take home the Silver Torch Award, selected for their timeliness and dedication while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.
The chapter also received a Project Excellence Award for its Angel Tree Coin Drive. More than $500 was raised to buy Christmas gifts for children on the Salvation Army Angel Tree.
Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service.
Goodwill Industries of Hawaii's Ohana Career and Learning Center in Kapolei received a $100,000 grant from the Bank of Hawaii to provide job training for Leeward Oahu residents.
The center, slated to open next year, plans to also provide job counseling and placement for about 1,600 people annually.
Last year, 1,462 people obtained jobs after they completed job training with Goodwill.
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