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2014 Scholarship Recipients    
High School Graduates
 
Terrill James Kaneali'i Williams

Jonathan Tarr Foundation Award

Terrill represents the Native Hawaiian community at this year's Pacific Islander Festival. He is a graduate from Montgomery High School and was recognized as the Class of 2014 Salutatorian. Volleyball became his passion during high school, whether it is indoor or on the beach. Terrill will be attending University of California San Diego (UCSD) majoring Molecular Biology to eventually move on to do research in the field of genetics.  Terrill’s involvement with hula and the traditions of his ancestors started in the sixth grade.  At first it was more like he felt pressured into it, however hula has become an integral part of his everyday life and is responsible for his understanding of all that surrounds him.  He has done research on his own to educate himself about the legends and stories of the Hawaiian Islands, including trying to learn many of the ancient chants of the hula along with their hidden meanings and lessons.  It has even come to the point where he will begin to sing and chant these ancient mele and oli totally unaware of the fact that he doing it; Hula is a lifestyle. Terrill is greatly honored the receive the PIFA Scholarship he has been to PIFA for so many years now, involved in the festivities such as dancing and drumming on stage, and now he is able to represent PIFA, other Kanaka Maoli, and of course his 'Ohana.
 

Tiffany Pascua

Service Award Scholarship

Tiffany Pascua is an alumni of Eastlake High School who graduated with honors. During her high school career she participated in basketball and lacrosse. Other extra curricular activities include being a youth leader for St. Rose of Lima Parish and a teacher’s assistant for Hedenkamp Elementary’s G.A.T.E program. She will be attending San Diego State University in the fall to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a possible minor in Forensic Science. In 2007 Tiffany performed at PIFA with the Samoan Community Council, and every year since 2008 has danced consecutively with LEIISA Polynesian Dance Group. Tiffany would like to thank the Board of Directors for awarding her this scholarship as she is truly humbled by the selflessness of the Pacific Islander Festival Association.
 

Undergraduates
 
Tia Aumoeualogo

Miss PIFA 2014


My name is Tia Nicholasa Aumoeualogo and I’ve had the honor to be awarded with this year’s PIFA scholarship through the Miss PIFA Scholarship Program.  I am currently attending Mesa Community College and the money this scholarship has blessed me with will only help me on my continual journey as a college student.  I am also 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.  Finally, my heart-filled "thank you" to my parents, Taleni and Rosita Aumoeualogo, for instilling and providing the tools I needed to achieve my goals in life!

 

Tyrone Hueitt

Tyrone Alexander Hueitt Jr. is currently attending Cuyamaca College as a Biological Science major.  He is a collegiate student athlete playing basketball.  He plans to attend a University in the future to pursue a career in Biological Science.  His passion for basketball drives him to attend a Division 1 University to play basketball on a higher level.  He always dreamed of playing professional basketball.  He is active in the Pacific Islander Community by volunteering in the Cultural Village and the Info Booth of PIFA. He has volunteered at the 2013 and 2014 Ho'olaule'a.  His love for his culture has driven him to be a member of PIFA. Tyrone is a role model to his younger siblings and “Believes you can do anything if you give it your all”!!!

Lucas Concepcion

Lucas Aaron Concepcion is 21 years old and attending Point Loma Nazarene University studying Writing. Lucas has worked many part time jobs throughout his enrollment at Point Loma, carefully balancing out his school and work schedules and staying above a 3.0 GPA. His career goals are to write a series of novels and write in the video game industry. He is of Chamorro descent and shares his heritage through preparing traditional dishes and sharing them with his friends. Lucas is honored to have received this scholarship and is thankful that it will help finance his senior year of college. The person he admires most is his father John Concepcion for all of the hard work and support he has given to his family.

Christian (CJ) Lannon

Service Award Scholarship

Christian Jordan “CJ” Lannon is an 18 year old sophomore at Southwestern College. He currently has a 3.3 GPA and has plans to transfer to a four year University with a degree in the medical field. CJ is from Filipino decent and is very proud that he is receiving this award as a recipient for the Pacific Islander community. Throughout high school, CJ was involved in sports. In 2009-2010, he played football for Kapolei High School as an offensive tackle who defeated the powerhouses Kahuku, Punahou, and Waianae. He then transferred to Otay Ranch High School here in San Diego in 2011 and continued playing football and track. CJ and his family have been involved with Pifa since 1998. Both of his parents have served Pifa as Board members in recent years. He started volunteering at a young age in the soda booths at the festival and continued to help out over the years in the information booth. Not only has he been involved with Pifa but, he has also been a volunteer and has been a part of many other organizations such as Gawad Kalinga, FilAm, and the Johnathan Tarr Foundation. In 2013, CJ was given an award for his community work and involvement with the Johnathan Tarr Foundation and was given a scholarship by the FilAm North County. CJ is honored to be receiving the Community Service award from Pifa and would like to thank God, his family, and all his friends and teachers for supporting him throughout his life.
 

 
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PIFA 2015 scholarships applications have closed.  Winners will be announced shortly.
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