Student Leaders Wanted for Kaimana Scholarship Program

Hawaii high school seniors graduating in 2015 are invited to apply for the 10th annual HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program. The application deadline is February 13, 2015.

Kaimana Scholarships are based on the student’s athletic and academic achievement, sportsmanship, and community involvement. HMSA will award up to 15 scholarships valued at $5,000 each.

“This is the 10th anniversary of the Kaimana Scholarship program and each year we’re astounded by the quality of applicants,” said Michael A. Gold, HMSA president and chief executive officer. “These students embody our mission of a healthy Hawaii through their excellence on the playing field, in the classroom, and throughout our community. We look forward to recognizing the accomplishments of these inspiring young leaders.”

Applicants must be Hawaii high school seniors graduating in 2015 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 at and on the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) website at Applications must be submitted to HMSA by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 2015.

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 Matsuoka 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.