Ten scholarships presented to 2017 high school graduates
WAILUKU – Ten scholarships of $1,000 were presented to 2017 graduates of high schools on Maui by the Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans/Maui AJA Veterans Scholarship Program.
This year’s recipients are listed below, with their high school, parents, town of residence and their college plans when they applied for the scholarship:
Alenette Ballesteros, King Kekaulike High School, daughter of Alex and Elene Ballesteros of Makawao, Brown University;
Danny Domingo Jr., Maui High School, son of Rosalie Alcon and Danny Domingo Sr. of Kahului, University of Hawaii at Manoa;
Jaelyn Domingo, King Kekaulike High School, daughter of Jasmine and Rolyn Domingo of Kula, California Polytechnic State University;
Lexie Leon, Maui Preparatory Academy, daughter of Valerie and Richard Leon of Lahaina, Nova Southeastern University;
Dayna McGinnis, Henry Perrine Baldwin High School, daughter of Kelly and Joni McGinnis of Wailuku, University of California, Irvine;
Aimee Nathan, Maui High School, daughter of Wendy Nathan of Kahului, Western Oregon University;
Braiden Paa, Maui High School, son of Kelly and Edward Paa of Haiku, University of Hawaii at Manoa;
Kamryn Perry, Maui Preparatory Academy, daughter of Scott Perry of Lahaina, Gonzaga University;
Brody Yamada, Kamehameha Schools Maui, son of Vernon and Marsha Yamada of Pukalani, Brown University;
Layce Yamauchi, Henry Perrine Baldwin High School, daughter of Lance and Lynn Yamauchi of Wailuku, Willamette University.
Scholarships are awarded annually, based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, essay and financial need.
The major source of scholarship funding has been the annual Chrysanthemum Festival, formerly known as the Chrysanthemum Ball.
Three of this year’s scholarship recipients participated in the 2015 Chrysanthemum Festival. Jaelyn Domingo reigned as the queen, and Aimee Nathan and Dayna McGinnis were princesses.
The Maui AJA Veterans Inc. ran the Chrysanthemum Ball since 1953 and provided hundreds of scholarships over the years. When the group dissolved in 2016, it distributed its funds to the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center and to Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans.
The MSDNV has pledged to use its share to continue the tradition of providing scholarships to worthy Maui high school graduates. The Maui AJA Veterans Inc. will be honored with its name being retained in the title of the scholarship.