UHF Stronger Together Giving Tuesday


12:00am–11:59pm, Tue Nov 29, 2022

Event Details

On November 29, 2022, the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation will be featuring three College of Education scholarships for the annual Giving Tuesday campaign. This year’s funds include the Dr. Niki Libarios #BeKindToAStudent scholarship, Geoffrey Michaelson and Lehua Ii-Michaelson Scholarship Fund, and Royal T. & Aurora A. Fruehling Fellowship Graduate Study fund.

1. The #BeKindToAStudent scholarship was established to honor the memory, professional work, and research of the late Libarios, one of the co-founders of Tinalak and former director of the COE Office of Student Academic Services. The scholarship highlights the motto Libarios lived by in his work as an academic advisor and scholar-practitioner and is intended for undergraduate or graduate students who are committed to serving the Filipino community.



2. The purpose of the Geoffrey Michaelson and Lehua Ii-Michaelson Scholarship Fund is to assist students in their final semester in the Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science (“KRS”) program at the College of Education who intend to pursue a career in physical therapy in Hawaiʻi. Funds shall be used for costs associated with attendance, such as tuition, books, fees, etc.



3. The Royal T. & Aurora A. Fruehling Fellowship Graduate Study fund was established to assist a meritorious graduate student enrolled full time in the College of Education. The Fruehlings established the fellowship in 2000 to support education students who have worked in the field and returned to earn an advanced degree.



Here is what some scholarship recipients had to say:

“With a humble spirit, I am greatly honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Dr. Niki Libarios #BeKindtoAStudent Scholarship. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity to be a part of your program of helping students like me to achieve my goals despite financial constraints. I promise to serve the Filipino community in Hawaii to build a strong force in education.” ~ Shelly Badua

“Thanks to the #BeKindToAStudent Scholarship, I was able to continue my studies and work that will hopefully help other students like me (Filipinx, female, first-gen) see themselves in the curriculum and in STEM. A little kindness and encouragement goes a long way, especially for students that are doing things that are firsts.” ~ Diana Castaneda

“The Geoffrey Michaelson and Lehua Ii-Michaelson Scholarship Fund has brought me one step closer to my dream of becoming a Physical Therapist and Board-Certified Oncologic Clinical Specialist. It is one of the reasons why I am able to attend graduate school at Pacific University’s Physical Therapy program. Not only that, it validated my hard work and diligence in my academic, professional, and extracurricular endeavors throughout my undergraduate career. I am forever grateful for the impact this scholarship has made on my life.” ~ Janelle Matsuoka

“Receiving the Royal T. & Aurora A. Fruehling Fellowship will give me the chance to pursue my PhD in curriculum studies and instruction. I look forward to learning ways I can best support my Waiʻanae students in and out of my classroom. Mahalo nui for selecting me for such an amazing opportunity. I am honored.” ~  Brigitte Russo

“A few years ago, while I was teaching Kindergarten, I decided that I wanted to contribute more to the early childhood education field and wanted to pursue my master’s. Being a daughter of immigrant parents has both been an inspiration and struggle as I navigate the education system and finding ways to pay for my education while also knowing that my own contributions would help shape our future generations. I’m truly grateful for scholarships, such as the Royal T. & Aurora A. Fruehling Fellowship Fund, because they have helped me so much in continuing my dreams.” ~ Tryshna Malonzo

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