Academic Scholarships

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Scholarship Winners


Paul S. Honda Scholarship
The late Paul S. Honda, a distinguished member of PAAC’s Senior Advisory Council, established an endowment for this scholarship fund to promote Asian Studies and International Studies in higher education.  Every academic year, four $1,000 scholarships are given in his name to graduating seniors involved in PAAC.


Kiara Alonzo attends Farrington High School and has been active in PAAC throughout her high school career. She has participated in PAAC’s Global Leadership Program, PAAC conferences, Academic WorldQuest, and was a recipient of the Freeman Scholarship on PAAC’s 2015 Summer Study Tour to Vietnam.  She plans to attend the University of San Francisco majoring in International Relations and/or Political Science. Kiara wrote in her essay, “My experience in Vietnam has allowed me to view the world differently, and upon coming back to America, I made a firm promise to myself to always help the underprivileged." 



Megan Backus attends Sacred Hearts Academy and has served as President of their PAAC club for two years. Megan has been active in PAAC activities throughout her high school career, participating in three Academic WorldQuest Competitions and five PAAC Conferences.  She is most likely to attend Cornell University.  Megan wrote in her essay, “I could never have imagined how deeply the [PAAC] club would affect me, not only in my understanding of global affairs but also in my perspective of the world. Expecting to gain perhaps a sprinkling of global trivia, I instead encountered astonishing insight into world affairs and the lives of people from different countries and cultures."



Arden Patoc attends University Laboratory School and has served as his school’s PAAC club Secretary and Vice President. As an active member of his club, Patoc participated in PAAC’s Global Leadership Program, PAAC conferences, and Academic WorldQuest competitions. He plans to major in International Relations at Boston University.

In his essay Arden wrote, “PAAC aided me in my understanding of world affairs. The programs laid out global affairs in a comprehensive method for me... PAAC has been a major influence in my choice of major. I now want to take on the world in its entirety.”



Mahina Smith attends Mid-Pacific Institute and has served as their club’s Secretary for two years and as Vice President for two years. Mahina enjoyed organizing her schools Academic WorldQuest teams and competed every year.  She plans to attend Grinnell College in Iowa majoring in Political Science. 

Mahina wrote in her essay, “PAAC has given me the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals who valued global issues as much as I did. Through PAAC, I was able to organize world quest teams at my school as well as participate in the event myself. I studied issues I didn’t even know existed; I examined world health; privacy in the digital age; youth, jobs, and social unrest; global megacities; and tensions in the South China Sea.” 



Eddie Tangen Award
The legacy of Eddie Tangen, a pioneer in the development of Hawaii’s labor movement and past member of PAAC’s Board of Governors, is honored with a $300 award given yearly in his name to one PAAC student in grades 9-11.

Erin Terada is a junior at Kalani High School and currently serves as her school’s PAAC club President. She has participated in PAAC’s the Global Leadership Program, conferences, and Academic WorldQuest Competitions.

Erin wrote in her essay, “When I was part of PAAC’s Global Leadership Program in 2015 to 2016, I took the opportunity to write a letter to Congresswoman Gabbard to invite her to PAAC’s annual dinner…I believe that when children grow, they need a role model to look up to; someone who is successful and is making their mark in the world to encourage them to have aspirations and work towards their goals to improve our state and nation.”