Area Hispanic Students Have A Shot At $3,000

Hispanic students with college dreams ought to do as state Sens. Donovan Dela Cruz and Michelle Kidani say: There may be $3,000 in it for them.

The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators is accepting applications until March 15 for the John S. Martinez Leadership Scholarship, which awards 11 Hispanic junior or senior public high school students – who live in the district of a Hispanic state legislator – a one-time $3,000 scholarship upon their high school graduation and acceptance into a college or university.

Student constituents of Dela Cruz (District 22 – Mililani Mauka, Waipio Acres, Wheeler, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, portion of Poamoho) and Kidani (District 18 – Mililani Town, portion of Waipio Gentry, Village Park, Royal Kunia) all qualify.

“We have a plethora of promising leaders attending our Hawaii high schools,” stated Sen. Kidani in a press release. “They diligently work hard day after day on their studies while participating in a variety of extra-curricular activities, including giving back to their community.”

Applicants should have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be a legal resident of the United States. Students also will need to be nominated by someone from their school – principal, counselor or teacher – or by Dela Cruz or Kidani.

For more information on the scholarship and to submit an application, visit