Dorrance Scholarship Winners Essay

“The Dorrance Scholarship has become a model for providing educational opportunities to first-generation college students.” — Chancellor Straney.

Ten high school seniors from Hawaiʻi Island who are enrolling this fall at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo have each been awarded the Dorrance Scholarship.

“The Dorrance Scholarship has become a model for providing educational opportunities to first-generation college students,” says Don Straney, UH Hilo chancellor. “(The Dorrances’) gift helps us to address that need, which is a core part of UH Hilo’s mission.”

The 2017 Dorrance Scholarship recipients and their high schools are:

  • Jeffrey Cushing, Kealakehe High School.
  • Stephanie Lewis, Kohala High School.
  • Jaylyn Mahoe-Subica, Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School.
  • Nicole Garza, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi.
  • Kamamaluwaiwai Wichimai, Kamehameha Schools-Hawaiʻi.
  • Chayna Yoshida, Keaʻau High School.
  • Joy Boswell, Hawaiʻi Academy of Arts and Science.
  • Emme Furuya, Hilo High School.
  • Tharin Lewi-Ohashi, Konawaena High School.
  • Alanna Pabre, Konawaena High School.

The Dorrance Scholarship was established by Bennett and Jacquie Dorrance at the Arizona Community Foundation in June 1999. The innovative, four-year, need-based award provides local students who are the first in their family to attend college, up to $10,000 a year in direct financial assistance. Recipients will also participate in a custom-designed summer bridge program, international travel, conservation experience, an entrepreneurship program and employment preparation, bringing the total estimated value of each award to more than $90,000.

The Dorrance Foundation began offering up to 10 scholarships a year to Hawaiʻi Island high school graduates attending UH Hilo in 2012. The latest awards bring the total number of recipients to 59.


Mathew Estrada, program coordinator, Dorrance Scholarship Programs, at mestrada[at] or (808) 339-4500.


–Media release

The Arizona Community Foundation recently announced that Adam Carl, a student from Coconino High School in Flagstaff; Mason Turney from Saint Johns High School; Kylee Hoffman, a student from Page High School, Rebekah Chattin from Saint Michael Indian School in Saint Michaels; Basilio Roman from Blue Ridge High School in Lakeside; Nadene Hubbard, a student from Ganado High School; and Santana Henry from Flagstaff High School are among the 2017-2018 recipients of the need-based Dorrance Scholarship.

Adam, Mason, Kylee, and Rebekah will attend Northern Arizona University. Basilio will attend the University of Arizona. Nadene and Santana will attend Arizona State University.

These scholars are among 30 Arizona students who are the first in their family to attend college and will receive the scholarship award and program package, worth more than $100,000 over four years, to attend one of Arizona’s three state universities. The scholars represent 27 high schools in cities across Arizona.

In addition to receiving tuition assistance, Dorrance Scholars are required to live on campus during their freshman year, attend monthly meetings with fellow scholars, perform volunteer service, register for and complete at least 12 credit hours each semester, and maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

The program supports a pre-college summer transition program, international study and travel, an entrepreneurship experience, and mentoring and tutoring.

The scholarship award is renewable for up to three years, for a total of eight semesters of full-time, undergraduate study. Scholarships are renewed based on academic achievement and participation in program events and activities.

“This program affords students with financial need the opportunity to study at a university, study for a semester abroad, and graduate with little to no debt,” said James Hensley, executive director of Dorrance Scholarship Programs at the Arizona Community Foundation.

Bennett and Jacquie Dorrance created the Dorrance Scholarship Programs in 1999, with management and administration provided by the Arizona Community Foundation. The Dorrances provide educational support to highly motivated high school students who are the first in their families to attend college, and who demonstrate financial need.

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