Monday, July 23, 2001

Kapiolani honor
society acclaimed

The 2-year college's Phi Theta
Kappa chapter again wins
national recognition

By Pat Gee

An international honor society at Kapiolani Community College was named the sixth most distinguished of 1,200 chapters for the second year in a row at a recent convention in Denver, according to Linda Letta, the college's honors education coordinator.

The Alpha Kappa Psi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and several of its members won nine of 25 international awards at the society's 83rd annual convention, she said. Other students enrolled in the college's honors education program have also won prestigious scholarships, bringing the total amount of scholarships won by Kapiolani students to $70,000, she said.

Kamilla Ma'i'i received a $2,000 scholarship from the American Association of Community Colleges as the Centennial Scholar from Hawaii and a member of the Second All USA Academic Team for 2001. She also received a Presidential Scholarship, which covers full tuition and other benefits, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Another winner of the Presidential award was Michelle Fong.

Jorge Corbalan was awarded a $2,500 EMI Selena Scholarship, in honor of the late Hispanic pop singer Selena, given nationally to 10 students of Hispanic ethnicity.

Pua Gandall Yamamoto is the first student in Hawaii to win the $5,000 Morris Udall Foundation Scholarship. Native Hawaiian students interested in careers in public health, tribal policy, conflict resolution and the environment are encouraged to apply.

Yamamoto also won a $1,000 Coca-Cola Scholarship for outstanding community service last year, along with Annette Sacksteder. This year, Christina Simpkins won the award.

Three students received scholarships for studying abroad. Christopher MacDonald and Lori Admiral received $5,000 awards from the Honda Study Abroad program for study in Japan and France, respectively. Cui Mei Chen has received full tuition scholarships from Kansai and Kinran universities to study in Japan.

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