Applications Available for PAAC's Academic Scholarships!
Paul S. Honda Scholarship
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. Four $1,000 scholarships are given to graduating seniors involved in PAAC.
Application must be post-marked by April 1, 2017.
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.
Application must be post-marked by April 1, 2017.
Scholarship Winners from 2015-16
Paul Honda Scholarship Recipients:
Cielo Capilitan attends Maui High School and has served as President of their PAAC club for two years. As president, Cielo has been passionate about increasing membership and inspiring more active participation in the club. Cielo has been active in PAAC throughout her high school career, participating in Academic WorldQuest Competitions, conferences, and the Leadership Pilot Program, in which Cielo led a simulation for three schools on Maui. Cielo was a recipient of the Freeman Foundation Scholarship to study abroad in South Korea. Cielo is also active in her school’s student council, DECA club, and Interact Club. Cielo plans on earning a degree in International Business at Northern Arizona University. Cielo wrote in her essay, "Out of all the clubs I joined in high school, PAAC was the most influential- without the organization, I wouldn't be the person I am today, ready to take up any challenge... The lessons and experiences I've gained from my four years with the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council have been invaluable."
Noelle Lee attends Roosevelt High School and has served as President of their PAAC club for two years. Noelle has been active in PAAC throughout her high school career, participating in Academic WorldQuest Competitions, conferences, and travelling on PAAC’s Spring Study Tour to South Korea. Noelle is also active in her school’s National Honor Society, Symphonic Band, Leo Club, Japanese Club, and Speech and Debate Club. Noelle plans to major in Global Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Noelle wrote in her essay, "Some of my most eye-opening experiences occured through PAAC.... The 2016 Global Vision Summit on homeless was the best conference I have ever attended.... Seeing the problem face to face (homelessness), through PAAC's South Korea trup and the 2016 Global Vision Summit, has helped me reaslize that there is a way to come to a solution. The solution can be found through the next leaders of the world, through students like me. "
Tara-Ann Marie Pacubas attends Maui High School and was Historian of their PAAC club. Tara has been active in PAAC throughout her high school career, participating in Academic WorldQuests and conferences. She was also a recipient of the Freeman Foundation Scholarship for PAAC Summer Study Tour to Vietnam. Tara excels in leadership; she is the Captain of her school’s Air Riflery team, President of the National Honor Society Club, and Captain of Maui’s Christ the King Altar Server Ministry. Tara plans to major in Biological Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Afterwards, she aims to enroll at John A. Burns School of Medicine to become a doctor to improve education and health care in third-world countries. Tara wrote in her essay, "The Pacific and Asian Affairs council helped me receive new "glasses" to see the world through different persepectives... PAAC activities helped me broaded my worldview by educating me on different issues and helping me experience different cultures."
Rachel Wells attends James Campbell High School and is currently President of their PAAC club. She was Vice President her junior year and the PAAC Event Coordinator her sophomore year. Rachel has been active in PAAC throughout her high school career, participating in Academic WorldQuest Competitions, conferences, and PAAC’s after-school global studies classes. She also participated in a year-long OneWorld Now!-Hawaii Arabic and Leadership Program. She was a recipient of the Freeman Foundation Scholarship for PAAC Summer Study Tour to Vietnam, where she was able to present money she raised for the non-profits KOTO and Blue Dragon. Rachel promotes her passion for international studies instructing and mentoring students at her districts Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Rachel plans to study Cultural Diversity at Grand Canyon University with the goal of teaching English in Vietnam. Rachel wrote in her essay, "Events like Fall Conference showed me the bigger pricture beyond just my life. I learned to look deeper and think beyond what I could see. PAAC gave me the opportunities to emerge myself into new cultures and I began to discover a new passion for learning."
Eddie Tangen Award Recipient:
Son Phan is a junior at Maui High School and is the Treasurer of their PAAC Club. Son has participated in PAAC's Fall Conferences, Global Vision Summits, and Academic WorldQuest Competition for the past 2 years. In the 2015 Academic WorldQuest competition, Son's team placed 6th out of 70 teams, and was the second highest scoring team from Maui. Son is also leads the Science Bowl team and Math League, and is an active member of Key Club and HOSA. Son wrote in his essay, "Being in PAAC has made me immerse myself in the cultures of other countries. In this way, PAAC has given me context to better unserstand the variety of cultural landscapes in which world affairs occur.... By being aware of the lifestyle, issues, and values of people in different countries, I am able to gain a more well rounded perspective."