Student Leaders Wanted for Kaimana Scholarship Program 21 High School Seniors will Receive a Total Of $73,000!

Hawaii high school seniors graduating in 2014 are invited to turn in their applications for the Hawai’i Medical Service Association’s (HMSA) ninth annual Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program. The application deadline is February 14, 2014.

Kaimana Scholarships are based on the student’s athletic and academic achievement, sportsmanship, and community involvement.

“Every year, we look forward to the exceptional students that we’ll meet through the Kaimana Scholarship program,” said Michael A. Gold, HMSA president and chief executive officer. “These are students who are already giving back to their communities and inspiring others to follow their example. It’s young people like these, when given the opportunity, who will help us achieve our goal to improve the health and well-being of our state.”

HMSA will award 21 scholarships valued at $3,000 each. Five distinguished recipients will be selected from the 21 honorees and will receive an additional $2,000 each.

Applicants must be Hawaii high school seniors graduating in 2014 with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in their senior year. They must also have played on a league-recognized team during at least one of their high school years. Special focus will be on student athletes in lower-profile sports.

Student athletes must submit a completed application, short essay on their high school experience and plans after high school, two letters of recommendations from faculty members, and verification of their GPA in writing by a member of the school faculty.

Applications are available for download at and on the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) website at Applications must be submitted to the HHSAA by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2014.

Scholarship recipients will be notified in writing in April and will be recognized at the HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program luncheon in June at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Interested students can visit or call Tai Leong at 952-7989 on Oahu for more information.

About HMSA

Caring for the people of Hawaii is our promise and our privilege. Working together with employers, partners, and physicians and other health care providers, we promote wellness; develop reliable, affordable health plans; and support members with clear, thoughtful guidance.

HMSA is the most experienced health plan in the state, covering more than half of Hawaii’s population. As a recognized leader, we embrace our responsibility to strengthen the health and well-being of our community.

Headquartered on Oahu with centers statewide to serve our members, HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.