23 students earn Realtors Association of Maui Community Foundation scholarships

2021-22 Maui Association of Realtors Association President Keone Ball presents certificates to recipients of the 2022 Maui Community Foundation Association of Realtors Presidential Scholarship. Photo courtesy of the Maui Association of Realtors

The Maui Community Foundation Association of Realtors awarded $23,000 in scholarships to 23 college students. Ten of the 23 scholarship recipients were honored at an awards ceremony on Friday July 29 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapū.

The scholarship recipients are: Aniston Eyre; Nida Bergoust; Kaydence Lilio; Collette Chapman; Kristine Bonilla; Stacia Eng; Laʻakeaokalani Awai; Gabriella Kanoa; Camden Eyre; Dianthe Kaili; Anna Fosbinder; Briana Bandy; Altene Tumacder; Kylie Ines; Kayla Tuitele; Kalena Pfaeltzer; Alizah Carrillo; Joanna Marie Acosta; Kaitlin De Rouin; Kyra Cabanilla Ong; Jayelyn Viela; Laridel Basilio; and Caitlin Baclay.

Since its inception in 1989, the RAMCF Presidential Scholarship Fund has awarded $877,000 in scholarships to high school students and alumni from Maui, Lāna’i and Moloka’i. (Past recipients can apply each year they are in school, up to four years.) Funds for the annual scholarship program are raised by Mea Kako’o, a group of sponsors who collectively donate money on the program, and events like the Maui Visitor Industry Charity Walk, RAM’s Got Talent and RAMCF Presidential Scholarship Golf Event.

“In 1989, then-RAM President Leil Koch started the Maui Association of Realtors Presidential Scholarship Fund,” explained 2021-22 RAM President Keone. Ball. “To date, through the incredible generosity of member donations, RAM has awarded $877,000 in scholarships to help fund the post-high school education of hundreds of Maui County students.”

One such student is Aniston Eyre, a graduate of King Kekaulike High School who is now studying urban sociology at Columbia University. “I am so grateful to be a third time recipient of a RAMCF scholarship,” she said. “This fund allows me to achieve my academic goals while attending school in New York and helps alleviate the financial stressors that college life presents.”

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Like Eyre, Gabriella Kanoa is a scholarship recipient. The Seabury Hall graduate is currently majoring in civil engineering at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. “This is my fourth year receiving the scholarship, which shows how generous the donors are in allowing students to reapply each year,” she said.

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To RAM members, Kanoa said, “With your support, I am able to pursue my education with more focus on furthering my education and less on financial constraints. Once I graduate and establish my career, I hope to give back to the community through generous acts similar to yours.

Applications for next year’s RAMCF Presidential Scholarship will be available in early 2023. To be eligible, students must be a high school student or a former scholarship recipient from the previous three years and be in the process of applying or presenting a new application to an accredited college. or a university or trade school. Applicants must also be full-time Maui County residents who are currently attending or have previously attended a public or private Maui County high school.

For more information on RAMCF or the RAMCF Presidential Scholarship Fund, visit www.ramaui.com/foundation.

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