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News Release

January 9, 2012
HMSA accepting applications for Kaimana Scholarship Program

Moani Wright-Van Alst
(808) 952-7566

The Hawai‘i Medical Service Association (HMSA) is now accepting scholarship applications from Hawaii high school seniors graduating in 2012 for the seventh annual Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program. The application deadline is Feb. 17, 2012.

Kaimana Scholarships are awarded to student athletes who are role models for other students. Awards are based on the student’s athletic and academic achievement, sportsmanship, and community involvement.

“We’re proud to continue to support this unique program that recognizes all-around achievements and encourages healthy living, team spirit, and community involvement,” said Robert P. Hiam, HMSA president and chief executive officer. “These remarkable young men and women represent some of Hawaii’s best, brightest, and most talented. Each year, we honor individuals who will very likely go on to become the future leaders of our community.”

HMSA increased the value of the Kaimana scholarships for the 2011-2012 school year and 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 2012 with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in their senior year. They must also have played on at least one of their school’s athletic teams during the current school year in a league-sanctioned sport.

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 here and on the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) web site. Applications must be submitted to the HHSAA by Feb. 17, 2012.

Scholarship recipients will be notified in writing in May and will be recognized at the HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program luncheon on June 16, 2012, at the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki.

Interested students can visit or call Aloha Kim at (808) 948-6883 on Oahu for more information.

HMSA is a nonprofit, mutual benefit association founded in Hawaii in 1938. It is governed by a community board of directors that includes representatives from health care, business, labor, government, education, clergy, and the community at large. HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.