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2019 Scholarship Recipients    
 

High School Graduates
 

Kiana Pangelinan
(Iva Pisia Salazar Recipient/Heart of the Sea Recipient)

Kiana Pangelinan graduated from University City High School and is representing the Chamorro and Hawaiian community.  She will be attending San Diego Mesa College in the fall transferring after two years to San Diego State University pursuing her studies in Kinesiology, with main goal is to become a Physical Therapist for the youth.  Kiana played three years Varsity Basketball and four years Varsity Softball.  At the age of four, she started dancing with Heali’is Polynesian Revue, where she was able to perform on stage at the Pacific Islander Festival.  As a teenager, she took a break from dancing but continued to support PIFA by volunteering.  Kiana volunteered at the Taste of the Pacific fundraiser as well as volunteering at the Soda Booth during the PIFA festival.  She plans to give back to PIFA by becoming a member and someday become a Board of Director. 
 

Lily Madsen
(Iva Pisia Salazar Recipient)

Lily Madsen graduated from Granite Hills High School and represents the Hawaiian Community.  She will be attending the Pre-Nursing program at Grand Canyon University in the fall.  Besides playing Field Hockey, Volleyball, Soccer, Cross Country and Track; Lily was named to the Union Tribune All-Academic Team while playing Varsity Field Hockey and Soccer.  Lily has volunteered for many organizations, but what sticks out for her is volunteering as a student counselor assisting students with Muscular Dystrophy with everyday activities.  With family involved with Ahahui Kawila O Hawaii San Diego (AKHSD), she has volunteered at PIFA by helping at the food both.  Lily plans to give back to PIFA by joining and volunteering for groups that promote and teach culture. 
 

Victoria Cone
(Salani & Timothy Faiivae Harrison Recipient)

Victoria Cone graduated from Mira Mesa High School and represents the Hawaiian Community.  She will be attending California State University Long Beach in the fall as a dance major.  Victoria danced with Heali’is Polynesian Revue, where she was able to perform on stage at the Pacific Islander Festival.  Though she no longer dances with Heali’is, her passion for dancing has given her to opportunity to dance for her school as well as dancing for the San Diego Civic Dance Arts.  Victoria has also been given the opportunity to choreograph routines and mentor other dancers.  Volunteering at PIFA has been a constant in her life, working at the Information booth selling T-shirts, program books and raffle tickets, to volunteering at the Taste of the Pacific passing out wristbands and meal tickets.  Giving back to PIFA, Victoria wants to be a professional dancer to bring awareness to Pacific Islanders.

 

Malia Hueitt
(Jonathan Tarr Foundation Recipient)

Malia Hueitt graduated from Bonita High School and represents the Hawaiian Community.  She will be attending the University of California San Diego.  With a 4.3 GPA, Malia was on the Principal’s Honor Roll, California Scholastic Federation Scholar, National Society of High School Scholars, andwas also on   the Union Tribune’s All-Academic Team playing two years of Varsity Basketball.  She volunteered for PIFA the last seven years working in the T-shirt booth, Soda both, and Entertainment.  Malia has also volunteered at the Taste of the Pacific helping at the front, as well as with Entertainment.  She plans to give back to PIFA by becoming a member and someday become a Board of Director, being able to share and keep the culture alive.

 


Karalyne Porter Ah-Hing
(Salani & Timothy Faiivae Harrison Recipient)

Karalyne Porter Ah-Hing graduated from Chula Vista High School and represents the Samoan community.  She will be attending the San Diego State University in the fall majoring in Journalism and Communications.  Karalyne was on the Principal’s Honor Roll and a Life Member of the California Scholarship Federation.  She served as President for the Community Serve Club, Intersectional Feminist Club and the Journalism/Yearbook Club.  Karalyne has also served as Vice President of the Asian Pacific Islander Club, and Secretary for the Debate Club, Academic Decathlon, and String Orchestra Club.  She has volunteered at the Pacific Islander Festival at booths such the United Postal Service Info Booth, Taste of Polynesia food booth, and PIFA Soda Booth.  Furthering her education, Karalyne wants to promote the Samoan and Polynesian culture through film.
 


Kameron Lujan
(PIFA High School Service Award Recipient)

Kameron Lujan graduated from Eastlake High School and she represents the Chamorro community.  She will be attending San Diego State University in the fall majoring in Biology or Chemistry.  Kameron was on the Principal’s Honor Roll and served on the Student Senate as a senator and Junior Class President for two years.  She was Captain of the Girls La Cross team for four years.  Her grandmother being a member of the Sons and Daughters of Guam Club, she has attended many nobenas and fiestas.  During the Chamorro Cultural Festival, Kameron would volunteer at the Children’s Village.  From the fourth grade to the eighth grade, she danced with Heali’is Polynesian Revue, where she got to perform at PIFA.  Kameron would like to give back to PIFA by spreading awareness to underserved cultures like the Pacific Islanders for Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.  

 
Undergraduates

Rominique Borja Jr.
(Salani & Timothy Faiivae Harrison Recipient)

Rominique Borja Jr. is currently attending San Diego State University representing the Chamorro and Palauan Communities.  This is his 1st year in the PIFA Scholarship program.  Rominique is entering his senior year majoring in Electrical Engineering.  He is the former President of PISA (Pacific Islander Student Association) at SDSU, where he will be mentoring the incoming Board.  As PISA President, Rominique was able to develop his leadership skills and community service participation through varies training at SDSU.  He joined his first dance group when he became a member of PISA.  Performing various hulas/hakas allowed Rminique to share the Pascific Islander culture with those that have never been exposed to the customs and traditions.  For the PISA Luau, he was able to his ancestry of Palau.  Giving back to PIFA, Rominique palns to use his degree to contribute to the islands of Guam and Palau. 

 

Daniel Gutierrez
(Salani & Timothy Faiivae Harrison Recipient)

Daniel Gutierrez is currently attending San Diego State University representing the Hawaiian community.  This is his 3nd year in the PIFA Scholarship program.  Majoring in Communications, Daniel hopes to make a career in Public Relations.  He is very family oriented and his family is his main support system.  Daniel has made new friends and has created a special bond working with his fellow PIFA recipients at the Miss PIFA Pageant, The Taste of the Pacific and at the PIFA Festival in the Soda Booth   Daniel continues to promote his culture through dance under the direction of his great grandmother Auntie Jeanne Kalani.  Since the age of 11, he has attended many PIFA events including representing Hawaii in the Procession, performing with the Jeanne Kalani Dancers, and volunteering at the food booth with the Hawaiian Civic Club.  Daniel plans to give back to PIFA by taking part in the different cultural events and sharing his love of his culture through song and dance.

 

Leiana Lepule
(Sam & Bertha Simpliciano Trustee Recipient)

Leiana Lepule is currently attending San Diego State University representing the Samoan community.This is her 3rd year in the PIFA Scholarship Program majoring in Liberal Studies for Elementary Educaton.  In the fall, she will be taking over PIFA as President.  This is an honor considering her father was one of the founding members of PISA.  As a student worker in the Human Resources Department for the San Diego County Library, Leiana has developed her leadership, personal and organizational skills.  As the daughter of Tana and Elena Lepule, Leiana has been volunteering with PIFA most of her life with her father being one of the former President’s for PIFA.  Asa PIFA Scholarship recipient, she has gotten even more involved with PIFA, even helping out at the Scholarship Orientation sharing her experience with the scholarship application process.    Leiana also performed at PIFA with the Samoan Community Council.  Leiana plans the give back to PIFA by continuing to participate in the various PIFA events and join the executive board of PISA to help bridge the gap and collaborate with PIFA.

 

Kiana Malabanan
(Sam & Bertha Simpliciano Trustee Recipient)

Kiana Malabanan is currently San Diego State University representing the Chamorro and Hawaiian communities.  This is her 4th year in the PIFA Scholarship Program.  Kiana is currently majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies in Communications, Psychology and Counseling.  She plans on continuing on to graduate school with emphasis in Family Counseling working with children of divorced families.School has given Kiana many opportunities such as being an Undeclared Freshman Mentor, involved with the Compact Scholars Student Association, a Leader of Outreach and Publicity, and joined the Pacific Islander Student Association (PISA).   Kiana’s grandparents, Mr.& Mrs. Moe Malabanan, taught her at a young age about her roots and to continue to share their interest in the Chamorro and Hawaiian cultures.  Kiana has participate in PIFA weather helping her grandfather at the Cultural Village or working at the Ahahui Kawila O’ Hawaii food booth giving her the experience of sharing her culture with others.  She plans to give back to PIFA by continuing to further her knowledge of the culture and share her experience with others.

 

Max Schwenke
(Heart of the Sea Recipient)

Max Schenke graduated from Grossmont College representing the Samoan community.  He will be attending Southwestern College in the fall before transferring to San Diego State University majoring in medical and business.  Max has volunteered in various organizations from environmental cleanup through Operation Clean Sweep, PIFA, and helping his mother baking for other organizations and non-profits.  Max is currently participating in the Pacific Islander Community Health Program which monitors physical activity and providing counseling and nutritional guidance.

 

Alana Godoy
(Miss PIFA 2019 1st Princess/Miss Charity Award Winner/
Salani & Timothy Faiivae Harrison Recipient)

Alana Godoy graduated from Southwestern College and is of Hawaiian descent.  She will be transferring to San Diego State University in the fall with a double major in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology.   She is the reigning Miss PIFA, 1st Princess and has worked hard managing school both full and part-time, while working as a full-time Corporate Support Specialist and Executive Assistant at Umpqua BankShe loves Polynesian dancing, hip-hop dancing, singing, writing, reading, traveling, and scrapbooking.  Alana dances with Kaleo Onalani.    She was also a recipient of the PIFA Scholarship Program 2016.  Her motto in life is, “Everything is an adventure if you’re willing to change your perspective.”

 

Teini Elisara
(Miss PIFA 2019)

Teini Elisara graduated from the University of California San Diego representing the Samoan community.  She is the reigning 2019/2020 Miss PIFA.  Teini currently dances with Taupou Samoa.  Originally from Los Angeles, she wanted to invest in the Pacific Islander by starting the Pacific Islander Student Association at UCSD.  Teini also collaborated with other PISA organizations such as SDSU.  She will continue her studies in the Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program at University of California San Diego. 

 

Serena Sablan
(Iva Pisia Salazar Recipient)

Serena Sablan is the 2018/2019 Miss PIFA.  She is currently attending San Diego State University in the Nursing Program and is of Chamorro descent.  This is her 4th year in the PIFA Scholarship Program.  She aspires to be a Nurse Practitioner, specializing in Pediatrics at Rady Children’s Hospital.  She is currently a Child & Youth Program Assistant at the Child Development Center at Miramar Marine Corp Air Station.  She dances with He Nani O Polynesia and volunteers teaching Polynesian dance with her alumni and at the YMCA.  Serena enjoys Polynesian dancing, hip-hop dancing, fitness, spending time with family and going to the beach.  Her motto in life is, “Honor those who precede you.”

 

Madelyn Castillo
(PIFA Undergraduate Service Award Recipient)

Madelyn Castillo is currently attending the University of California San Diego.  She has captured the spirit of aloha through her dancing with Heali’is Polynesian Revue where she has performed at the PIFA festival.  Madelyn has been able to participate in many other Pacific Islander events with Heali’is such as the Ho’olaule’a in San Diego and Los Angeles, and even at Sea World during their Islander Cultural events.  Through dance she has been able to learn about many of the islander cultures such as Tahiti, Samoa, New Zealand and Hawaii.  Madelyn plans to give back to PIFA by sharing her experience and respecting the pacific islander culture.

 
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2020 PIFA Scholarships
Applications for the 2020 PIFA Scholarships. The deadline has been extended t:
March 14th, 2020.
High School Scholarship
High School Service Award Scholarship
Undergraduate Scholarship
Undergraduate Service Award Scholarship
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scholarships@pifasandiego.com
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