Windward AAUW Scholarships Keeping Students On Track

The Windward chapter of the American Association of University Women recently awarded 2013 scholarships to six students, including these three, pictured here with their proud parents: Kiyoko McCumsey (left), mother of awardee Christine Rambawa (second from left); Mary Down Fenton with father Harold; and Richelle Nemoto with mother Rachel. Photo from Windward Oahu AAUW.

Six Windward women won scholarships this month from the Windward chapter of Association of American University Women.

The annual awards, presented May 4 at Pohai Nani, total more than $9,000 and support their pursuit of college degrees or vocational advancement here in Hawaii. Three of them are Kalaheo High graduates (pictured):

* Christine Rambawa is a Kaneohe wife and mother of three who works as a certified nurse assistant at Castle Medical Center. She is pursuing pre-requisites for a nursing degree at Windward Community College.

* Mary Dawn Fenton has a certificate in psycho-social developmental studies at WCC and is now at UH Manoa studying psychology and working on violence-prevention projects.

* Richelle Nemoto of Kailua grew interested in health care when her grandmother fell ill and, after her own skateboarding accident, she was determined to become a nurse. She’s in the nursing associate degree program at Kapiolani Community College.

Other recipients are Lisa Ishikawa of Kaneohe, who is studying refrigeration and air conditioning at Honolulu CC; Angelina Diep of Kaneohe who is studying elementary education at UH Manoa; and Ashley Sonoda of Kaneohe, now at UH Hilo with a plan to pursue a pharmacy degree.