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2013 Scholarship Recipients    
High School Graduates
 
Tia Aumoeualogo
 
PIFA Top Scholar Award Recipient

Hello beautiful people! My name is Tia Nicholasa Aumoeualogo and I’ve had the honor to be awarded with this year’s PIFA scholarship. I recently graduated from Horizon Christian Academy and I am proud to say that I’m a Panther! Horizon has been a second home for me these last 4 years, it has taught me a lot about my faith in Jesus Christ which is a big part of my life. While attending Horizon, my senior year I got involved with ASB, where I was a part of the spiritual emphasis team, where we plan our weekly chapels, as well as other events. I was also in charge of the prom committee alongside my cousin. Through ASB we were blessed to do a few outreaches to help out our homeless community in San Diego. I am also an active member with my church, Clairemont Church of God. I’ve been a part of the youth group since junior high, and it has greatly helped me with my personal walk with God. Through my youth group, I’ve had many opportunities to give back to my community as well as reach out to people around the world! Lastly, I am proud to say that I am of Samoan, Guamanian, and Japanese decent. I am a part of Taupou Samoa Polynesian Dance Group here in San Diego. Taupou is truly my family, led by my beautiful aunty Kiki Solia! I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for Taupou. I have grown to love my culture as well as other Polynesian cultures because of it. Dancing has really brought out the real me, as cliché as that sounds. Through Taupou I am a part of the Samoan Community Council.  I’ve performed at PIFA with the Council since I was 6 years old. PIFA is pretty much a part of who I am, I’ve grown up attending this festival for about 11 years, and I am truly thankful and blessed to have received this scholarship. I will be attending Mesa Community College this fall and the money this scholarship has blessed me with will only help me on my new journey as a college student and get me closer to my goals in life!
 
Elijah Aloese

Elijah Aloese is an alumni of Morse high school, graduating with honors and an accumulative grade point average above 3.5. He will be attending Chico State University in the fall and plans to earn a degree in electrical engineering. Elijah is of Samoan decent, which may have played a huge role in his prioritizing family over everything. For the past seven years he has been involved in his church, playing multiple instruments in his worship team and taking part in leading the church youth. Some of his hobbies include creating and listening to music, participating in recreational sports and drawing. Elijah also spends much of his time reviewing philosophical ideas, questioning the status quo and exposing "the system" for oppressing the people. One of his favorite quotes comes from civil rights leader Marcus Garvey, later paraphrased in one of reggae artist Bob Marley's songs: "Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds".
 
Benjamin Concepcion

Benjamin Concepcion graduated from Horizon Christian Academy with Honors, having a cumulative G.P.A of 4.2. He will be attending San Diego State University in the Honors Program where he will be majoring in Kinesiology in hope to become a physical therapist. Benjamin is of Chamorro decent. Throughout high school, Benjamin has been actively involved with varsity sports and church ministry. He has been a Varsity Basketball player since his sophomore year, being named Varsity Team Captain his senior year. He has also participated in Varsity Track and Field. Benjamin has also been very involved with his church, becoming a worship leader in the High School Ministry. He will also be going on a Missions Trip to Macau and Hong Kong in the summer. Benjamin is honored to be a scholarship recipient this year and would like to thank God and his parents, John and Rosalie Concepcion, for all of their love and dedication to his future.
 
Tyrone Hueitt

Jonathan Tarr Foundation Award

Tyrone Hueitt Jr. is a graduate of Morse High School with honors maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.5 or above, and will be attending and playing basketball at Cuyamaca College in the fall. Afterwards he plans to continue his education at a four year University that will offer him a basketball scholarship where he can continue majoring in engineering. Throughout high school Tyrone has been actively involved in Morse’s MISA program and also the varsity basketball team. He loves coaching youth basketball which gives him the opportunity to mentor young boys and girls in a positive way. He enjoys working with youth and most of his volunteer efforts take place at his younger sibling’s elementary school where he aided the teachers for both the 1st and 6th grade classes. He also volunteered at PIFA 2012, Miss PIFA2013, and also San Diego’s Hawaiian Festival the Ho'olauleʻa 2013 . His future plans include obtaining an Bachelor’s Degree in engineering and also playing basketball on the Division 1 level.
 
Vaitulu Leota

Vaitulu Leota is 18 years old and graduated from Monte Vista High School.  She plans to attend San Diego State University to obtain a Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry and purse a career as an Anesthesiologist.  Tulu’s accomplishments include being awarded the Golden Server Award – Volleyball and 3rd place in the Monte Vista Talent Show.  She also served as the President of the Polynesian Club, Secretary of the History Club and Commissioner of Publicity in the school’s ASB.  Further, she participated in the AVID Club, Camp and Club LEAD and LeiIsa Polynesian Dance Group.  Her hobbies include volleyball, singing and Polynesian Dancing.  The person Tulu admires most is her grandma, Nerisa Sinasaua Poueu-Leota, who she calls “Mama”, because she has been her rock, best friend, motivation and inspiration.    She was the most selfless caring women she knew and always reminded her in life to put her trust in God, never forget who she was and where she came from.  Tulu’s philosophy in life is “Always put your faith in God, because He knows best.”
 
Adanna Knox-Iuli

Adanna Taimane Knox-Iuli is 17 years old and graduated from Lincoln High School.  She looks forward to attending Bellus Beauty Academy to pursue a career in Cosmetology.  She loved participating on the JV and Varsity Cheer squad at Morse and being involved in the school’s Circle of Friends Club.  At Lincoln High School, she was prized to be a part of the Drill Team and Women’s Empowerment Club.  Adanna enjoys Polynesian dancing, watching movies and practicing different makeup and hair techniques.  The person she admires most is her mother, who is an extremely strong woman who has always kept Adanna and her brother’s best interests in mind first, by doing everything to give her family the best and always continuing to motivate them.  Adanna’s philosophy in life is “Be happy.  You only live once!”
 
Keiana Castro

Keiana Joynn Santos Castro is 18 years old and graduated from Morse High School.  She will be attending Mesa College in the fall and plans to Major in Zoology, with a Minor in Painting, to pursue a career as a Biologist or Zoologist.  She served as the manager of Morse Coed Dance Team and President of Morse Islander Student Association.  She is also a first line dancer for Na Pua Ilima O’ Kehaulani and an Alakai’I and Kapena for Kapolioka’ehukai Outrigger Canoe Club, Junior Division.  Keiana enjoys playing soccer, painting and animals.  She looks up to her grandfather, who she calls “Papa” because even after undergoing strenuous health conditions, has remained a strong leader for the family who is caring, of good character and keeps a positive attitude.  She hopes to be a strong leader like him when she has a family of her own.  Keiana’s philosophy in life is “Always remain happy no matter what you do or what people think.”
 
Undergraduates
 
Meaghan Zuttermeister

Miss PIFA 2013

Meaghan Shyla Iwaleilani Zuttermeister is 19 years old and attends Point Loma Nazarene University studying Business and Sociology.  She is currently employed on campus as a library assistant and a student caller in the Point Loma Admissions Office.  Her future goal is to develop a youth center in Kaneohe.  She is the first in her family to attend college and do so away from home.  She looks forward to becoming the President of the Hui O Hawaii Club at Point Loma.  Meaghan has served as a tutor in City Heights for Kids@Heart and participated in homeless ministries with Point Loma in Downtown, San Diego.  The person she admires most is her Aunty Ululani Zuttermeister, who is the oldest and only girl of her father’s seven siblings.  She has a big heart and shows it through all her actions.  She has encouraged Meaghan to do her best in everything and to always remain humble.  Meaghan’s philosophy in life is “Love God.  Love People.”
 
Candace Borja

Candace Terrirose Borja is 18 years old and graduated El Camino High School.  She plans to attend Mount San Antonio College in West Covina to complete the two year aviation science management program to pursue a career in Air Traffic control.  Candace has accomplished many things including being awarded the Four Year El Camino JV and Varsity Cheer award, the International Thespian Society Honors award, Advanced Placement Scholars Honor award and was a PIFA scholarship recipient in 2012.  Her special hobbies include working on custom built cars with her dad, playing ukulele, photography and traveling to different Pacific Islands.  She also prizes the last five years of her life, being a cultural dancer and singer for Kutturan Chamoru Foundation and wishes to continue to advocate the expansion of Chamorro culture among youth programs throughout San Diego county.  The person she admires most is her little sister Haylie Borja, who taught her the essence of unconditional love for family and to be a role model.  Candace’s philosophy in life is “Nothing worth having comes easy.  If you keep the drive, you will strive.” 
 

Darline Schwenke

Miss PIFA 2012

Darline Schwenke currently attends Southwestern College and plans on transferring to San Diego State University where she will major in communications to pursue a career in public relations. Darline was Miss Pacific Islander of San Diego 2012-2013, which gave her the opportunity to embrace the rich Pacific Islander culture and traditions and become a positive role model in the community. She continues to give back to the community by volunteering her time to coach youth cheerleaders, and by being a Pifa member where she plans to help out in Pifa promotions through the media. Community service is a responsibility Darline takes seriously, as she feel it is important to give back and serve the community in which she lives. Darline is a graduate from Eastlake High School where she was her high school’s varsity cheer captain, ASB commissioner of Pep and Activities, and school ambassador. In high school she participated in several cheer competitions where throughout the years she became a two time national champion. Darline would like to thank the board of Pifa for this opportunity for it is an honor and privilege to be a Pifa scholarship recipient.
 

Tutulu H. Finau

Malo e Lelei! Greetings and blessings to you all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My name is Tutulu Finau, the third oldest child among my siblings. I am currently attending Riverside City College (RCC), in pursuit of a degree in Civil Engineering. After finishing spring semester of 2014 at RCC, I plan to transfer to Cal Pomona where I can further my studies and graduate with a Degree in Civil Engineering. I am currently a member of the Riverside Rugby team and enjoy playing with a diverse group of Pacific Islanders. I am still active within the Methodist church, in maintaining the grounds and feeding the poor in our community. I would like to say a big MALO to the PIFA committee, and to all its supporters, for providing an opportunity like this for young islanders such as myself to pursue our dreams and further our education!
 

Martin Finau

Malo e' Lelei from Texas! My name is Martin Wesley Finau, the second eldest child amongst 5 of my siblings. I am currently attending McMurry University in Abilene, Texas going on to my final school year. I am pursing a degree in Sociology to reach my goal in becoming a youth counselor for Pacific Islander youth members. Not only am I involved in the school rugby team, but also I am an active member in the CAB (Campus Activity Board), and FCA (Fellowship Christian Athletes). I  am active with the Tongan and English church in Abilene, in doing volunteer work for the community and reaching out to those who seek help. I continue to give thanks to the Lord for his unconditional blessings in my life, a huge blessings would be to the PIFA committee, and there community for not only tremendously helping my family but other Pacific Islanders as well. Malo aupito for providing this opportunity to help me and other youth members in pursuing our dreams!
 
 
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PIFA Scholarships
PIFA 2014 scholarships application deadline has expired March 19, 2014:
For information please contact:
llove@pifasandiego.com (Lani Love)
cbrace@pifasandiego.com (Chrystell Brace)
Other Scholarships
The 2014 NHSC Scholarship Program application cycle is now open. All completed applications must be submitted by May 15, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. ET to be considered for an award. Please refer to the Application and Program Guidance for all of the program requirements.
Eligibility is open to all students who are U.S. citizens or nationals and are enrolled in a fully accredited training program for Physicians (MD or DO), Dentists, Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse-Midwives or Physician Assistants at a U.S. accredited school. 
Applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early.  On average, it takes approximately 3 weeks to complete the application process. Please encourage applicants to locate loan and supplemental documentation as well as begin requesting letters of recommendation and official school transcripts.
The NHSC Scholarship Program is expected to be competitive. If there are more qualified applicants than available funding, the Program will continue to prioritize applicants who are from a disadvantaged background and applicants who demonstrate a commitment to continuing to serve high-need communities after their service to the NHSC is complete.
Scholarship support includes tax-free payment of tuition, required fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a taxable monthly living stipend. For each year of financial support an NHSC Scholarship recipient serves one year at an NHSC-approved site in one of many high-need urban, rural, and frontier communities. The Program requires one year of service for each year of support with a minimum of two years of service and a maximum of four years of support and service.
Applicants are encouraged to participate in the Application Help conference call when questions will be addressed on March 27, 2014 from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET. To participate, please call 1-877-917-6902 and enter the following passcode 5854645.
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