scholarships & educational programs
2020 HPGS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Kala Huang is a PhD student in the UH Manoa Public Health studies, expecting to graduate in 2024. She was excited that HPGS selected her as one of their scholarship recipients. She wrote: "I am the person who is interested in indigenous elderly care in Taiwan since the aging population is a big health issue everywhere, and my passion is to build an excellent, caring environment there. I am so thankful to HPGS because I am have financial issues caused by the Covid-19. It will support my living cost for the new semester and I can focus on learning new things. Also, this opportunity lights up my husband's passion for gerontology; he also wants to be apart of the advocator in an aging society."
A graduate student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice, Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Program this Fall, Chelsea Fujita says, " The older adults of Hawaii have had a strong impact on me throughout my life, and it is my mission to give back to them. I intend to spend my career working diligently to advocate for the elderly population, exploring better ways to provide them with care, and by some day teaching gerontological nursing to hopefully inspire more people to get involved in caring for Hawaii's kupuna. The financial assistance you provided me will be of great help in paying for my education expenses. I am extremely honored to receive the support of HPGS, whose mission is also mine, To improve the quality of life of Hawaii's older adults."
Hoping to graduate in May 2021 from the UH Manoa's Masters of Social Work Advance Placement Program, Tani Kagesa wrote to HPGS: "Thank you for making it possible to finish my MSW degree and for helping me start on my social work career with less debt. I hope to support kupuna and their families during life transitions; to empower them to have quality of life in their golden years; to assist them in improving their physical and psychosocial well-being. I'm especially passionate about bridging the gaps in the continuum of care, ensuring quality mental healthcare for older adults, as well as transforming our services to be culturally humble and relevant. In the future, I hope to work on macro social work to make improvements in elder care services at the community level to positively impact more people."
Dani Waring attends the UH West Oahu Bachelors of Arts in Public Administration-Long Term Care Program, looking to graduate in December 2021. She tells HPGS: "This scholarship allows me to pay for a fall course and subsequent study books so I don't have to rely on my income to cover it. From my first jot at Hale Makua Health Services (Maui), I knew that I was where I wanted to work through the rest of my working years. I was fortunate to have great mentors throughout my years there who helped me narrow my focus and realize my goal of being a nursing administrator. I wasn't too sure if it would be in the same role but the energy, commitment and pure care that so much of the staff had for their residents had me hooked. Thank you again for being a part of my achievement and I can only hope that I make my community and family proud."
The HPGS/UH Center on Aging awarded Eric Wolfe with a scholarship so he can begin the first year of his Doctorate in Nursing Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa this Fall. Eric wrote HPGS: "Thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship. Being born and raised in Waimanalo, this scholarship is a great honor. I received an undergraduate degree in Medical Anthropology from Creighton University; and while receiving my degree, I was able to research and reflect upon the aging population in the United States through personal experiences with my own grandmother. This sparked a passion for older adults and guides my current career goal to become a hospice and palliative nurse practitioner."
2019 HPGS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Kamaile Aipa’s email after she heard she was one of the HPGS scholarship recipients read: “It is from the bottom of my heart which I say mahalo to Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society for considering my story, my passions, and my dreams in selecting me as one of this year’s scholarship recipients. I am deeply humbled and honored to receive this scholarship which will help to lift a financial burden from my shoulders and allow me to continue my education as I pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing as a Junior at Chaminade University. My passion and greatest inspiration to help the geriatric population stems from the strong loving relationship I have always had with my Grandma and Grandpa. I aspire to become the kind of nurse I would want for my grandparents; to be patient, compassionate, and to provide excellent patient education. My involvement at church and in the community continues to strengthen these desire and help me to improve every day. I aim to give back to a generation that has given to us for so long.”
Uyanga Batzogs was born and raised in Mongolia. She is currently pursuing her PhD studies in Social Welfare and plans to develop new and better services for multi-generations, especially for older adults. She has lived in Hawaii while completing her MBA degree at Shidler School and worked for Waimanalo Health Center as the CFO for five years. She wrote in her email: “While running a business in Mongolia, I founded a non-profit, helping older adults to have a place to socialize in a senior center and assist them to get part time employment. However, sustainability is always a challenge due to funding issues. I love working with seniors and I currently volunteer and teach board games to older adults in Hawaii, at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UH. My husband and I have four children, aged from 7 to 19. My grandparents inspired me to study gerontology because they are leading active lives. Thank you very much for providing me the scholarship. This is great support for me to expand my knowledge in gerontology and follow my passion to be an active aging advocate.”
Mohammad Didar Hossain is from Bangladesh and currently a graduate student at Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. His professional background includes seven years of experience in teaching and researching the positions of Lecturer, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Gerontology and Social Studies, along with Assistant Program Manager (Research). He wanted to say: “I am really happy that HPGS has selected me as one of their scholarship recipients this year. In deed it is a great achievement for me as an early stage professional and graduate student at the University of Hawaii. Simultaneously, I feel honored and proud for this scholarship from a reputed and dedicated association for older persons working in the region Hawaii and the Pacific. In the future, I have high hopes to complete my PhD on Active Aging and Care Giving. Following this, I will be engaged in teaching, research, and developing social entrepreneurship for promoting an aged friendly society. For those ends, this recognition will be a true inspiration for me. Moreover, the scholarship money will help me to concentrate on my study.”
Kehaulani Engle emailed HPGS the following: “Mahalo nut loa Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society for providing a scholarship to aid in my pursuit towards a Master’s degree in Social Work. I am a full-time student at the UH Manoa in the MSW program, a single mother of four, working part time in the gerontology field, and a volunteer with Project Dana. Gerontology has always been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. I spent a great deal of time with my grandparents and remember going with my grandma to visit my great-grandma when she was in hospice regularly. Our kupuna are vital to our society and carry knowledge and experience with them that are invaluable. I love working with kupuna and look forward to a career in social work to further help this growing population.”
Whitney Kim emailed this response when she was told of her scholarship award: “I am beyond honored to be selected for this scholarship. Right now I am in the middle of working toward my Master’s of Social Work at UH Manoa, with a focus on gerontology, while working full time in affordable housing. Fighting for the rights and equitable treatment of all people is important; however, there’s something about making sure we care for our kupuna just as well as they cared for us that sparks my passion. I hold the utmost admiration for the social workers, medical experts,and caregivers that devote their lives to the safety and comfort of others. It is my hope that I will also be able to contribute in some way to the advocacy and direct care of our elderly and end-of-life patients here in Hawaii. I would like to thank the members of HPGS and the Center on Aging as well as my mentors and family for supporting me on this journey.”
2018 HPGS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Andrew Angeles is a part-time graduate student at Hawaii Pacific University completing his final year in the Social Work program. He has learned that working with the geriatric population is a truly fulfilling experience because the knowledge gained through therapeutic interaction is priceless. Andrew truly wants to continue to improve the quality of life of our kūpuna in the near future.
Kimberly Gamalog grew up with parents who are caregivers to the elderly, and seeing first hand how challenging it is, has inspired her to become an advocate for both the elderly and their caregivers. “To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.”
Kari Kimura will be starting her third year in the nursing program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Gerontology has always been of interest to Kari, as she has grown up being very close with her grandpa and grandma. As an aspiring geriatric nurse, Kari hopes to give back to those who have been giving their entire life.
2017 HPGS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
“I am grateful beyond words to receive a scholarship from the Hawaii Pacifi c Gerontological Society. I am attending Hawaii Pacifi c University part-time in order to get my Master of Social Work degree. While the program does not have an offi cial gerontology concentration, I am tailoring my studies to focus on aging, advance care planning, and end-of-life issues. My capstone is focused on home-based funerals and their eff ects on the bereavement process. I look forward to graduation, when I will be switching careers to work in the gerontology fi eld. Thank you so much to HPGS for their generosity and support, and for the great work that they are doing for our community.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for selecting me as a recipient of this year’s Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society Scholarship. As one of this year’s recipients, I am grateful for the opportunities this award will provide me. Pursuing a master’s degree in adult-gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP) at the The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has always been my dream. In addition to being a student, I work as a staff nurse at the Hi’olani Care Center at Kahala Nui. Everyday, I get to make a diff erence in lives of the senior residents by providing skilled nursing care. It has been such a rewarding experience as I develop both personal and professional relationships with the residents at Kahala Nui. Last year, I had an opportunity to attend Hawaii Pacifi c Gerontological Society’s Biennial Conference, where I had an opportunity to meet speakers, stakeholders, professionals, and volunteers all across the state and country. It opened my eyes to see the impact we can make to solve the issues facing our older adults today. As I conclude the fi nal chapter of my graduate studies, I am excited and challenged to serve and provide quality health care to adults and older adults in Hawaii. Once again, thank you for your financial support in my education. Your generosity truly makes a difference.”
“Thank you for choosing me to be a recipient of the Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society’s scholarship this year. I have just begun my journey this fall in the healthcare fi eld as a student in the Kapiolani Community College Nurse Aide Course. I am excited to work with the residents in a local hospital and be exposed to the opportunities available among our aging community. I plan to complete my Prometric Certifi cation over winter break and obtain a Certifi ed Nurse Aide position. This will allow me to expand my experience and identify the area of study I’d like to focus my career on. This scholarship will help me achieve this goal by allowing me to focus on my studies, rather than my tuition. With my background in hospitality, customer service, and prosthesis, I hope to immerse myself in school and work towards my degree in the healthcare fi eld. Thank you again for this opportunity.”
““As the recipient of the Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the tremendous support that you have provided me through this scholarship. I am so humbled to have been chosen for this award knowing that there were many qualified applicants. Your generosity will allow me to pursue my dreams and no words can’t express how thankful I am. I have recently been accepted into the long term nurse aide program at Kapiolani Community College which begins in January, 2018. I am very determined to work hard in fulfilling my lifetime goal and career in taking care of those who are in need. This award I have obtained allows me to concentrate more on my academic studies without worrying to much about my fi nancial burden. I look forward to successfully completing my academic year and continuing my education in my nursing career. Once again, thank you so much to HPGS from the bottom of my heart for their generosity and support.”
NOTES FROM 2016 HPGS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
“Mahalo to the Hawaii Pacifi c Gerontological Society for their generous scholarship! I’m honored to be this year’s HPGS Scholarship winner. This scholarship helped off -set the costs of tuition and my dissertation research materials. I was able to purchase the programs and tools necessary to complete my project.”
“I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the generous scholarship you haven given me. I feel so fortunate to have been selected as a recipient of this honor. Your generosity will allow me to pursue my dreams, and for that, I cannot thank you enough. Chaminade University has strengthened my skills and knowledge and provided me with the education I need to succeed in my nursing profession. I am dedicated, highly skilled at what I do, and work effectively and efficiently in collaboration with my colleagues. I have set for myself in earning a Bachelor degree in Nursing by May 2017 and obtaining a position where I can be a positive influence on others. By awarding me with the HPGS Scholarship, you have enlighten my financial burden, which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school: learning. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goal justt as you have helped me."
“I would like to offer my sincere gratitude once again for selecting me as this year’s scholarship recipient. Thank you all for the warm welcome and recognition. I feel extremely honored and privileged. As a future adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, I am very honored to become a member of HPGS, and hope that I can become involved in many ways in and through the organization. I learned a lot through this year’s conference. I was inspired by many great speakers, who came from all over the country and world to share their experiences with us. As a student, I feel that it is important to not only gain knowledge through classes and clinical experiences, but also through extracurricular activities such as attending conferences and doing volunteer work. Attending this conference was definitely a worthwhile decision as I gained so much great insight. I enjoyed meeting and networking with all the vendors as well as meeting people from all the across the island who shared my passion for the geriatric population. I look forward to the next event/conference where I get to meet new people and learn from professionals, experts, and renowned speakers. Mahalo once again!”
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