By Jann Boxold
On November 17, a Donor Mahalo Reception was held at Windward
Community College. The event honored WCC scholarship recipients and
acknowledged organizations and individuals who provided their
scholarships. WCC Chancellor Doug Dykstra, and UH Foundations’ Executive
Director of Development for Community Colleges and TGCH member, KC
Collins, hosted the event.
It is heartwarming to know that TGCH is helping students reach their
goals. In 2016 our club awarded scholarships to two very impressive
students at WCC, Michele Osurman and Eli Vendiola. Michele spoke
eloquently at the event. She is from a family of six children with a
single mother and is a plant science major. She stated, “I know things
as simple as plant identification, erosion control, or sustainability
practices goes a long way in helping me achieve my goals. I want to
pursue medicine and utilize herbal medicine and my background of plant
science to treat patients with different ailments.” She plans to attend
UH Manoa and medical school.
Eli Vendiola was unable to attend the event but shared in a statement
that twenty years after graduating from Kahuku High School (where he was
a football standout), he decided to attend college. He is currently a
student in WCC’s Agriculture Technology program and later plans to
attend either UH Manoa to earn a degree in Natural Resources and
Environmental Management or UH West Oahu where he would enroll in the
new Sustainable Community Food Systems program.
Many thanks to last year’s Education/Scholarship Chair Kathy Hong and
her committee and mahalo to our current Chair Diane Hastert and her
group. Since 1974, TGCH has provided 47 gifts totaling $85,544.78 to the
University. We are making a difference!
Click here for The Nature Conservancy's 2013 Summer Internship Program
Garden Club of Honolulu scholarship recipient Leslie Ann Huapala Baker:
Click on the YouTube icon. There is a wonderful YouTube video
“Scholarships Make it Possible” featuring Leslie.