The Islander Scholars program honors public high school juniors who exemplify the values that make Hawaiʻi unique—caring for their families and communities, understanding who they are as individuals, honoring their past, and cherishing these islands as they do a loved one. This program connects a select group of students to each other, forming a cohort of young leaders who will help Hawaiʻi thrive in the future.
The primary focus of this program is to recognize students for their character and commitment to the things that make us proud to be of Hawaiʻi. The Islander Scholars program supports students not just for who they might become in the future, but for who they are today. Specifically, these students are actively strengthening their sense of:
- Belonging: students have a strong foundation of relationships and are able to interact respectfully for the betterment of self and others.
- Responsibility: students carry a responsibility for self, family, community and the larger society and are mindful of the values, needs, and welfare of others.
- Excellence: students believe they can succeed in school and life, care about the quality of their work, and strive beyond what is expected of them.
- Aloha: students show care and respect for the people and places they meet, build trust, and lead for the good of the whole.
- Total Well-Being: students practice a healthy lifestyle that improves mind, body, heart and spirit of themselves, family, ʻāina, community, and world.
- Hawaiʻi: students are enriched by Hawaiʻi’s unique history, diversity, indigenous language and culture, and they can navigate across cultures and communities and are stewards of this homeland.
An Islander Scholar will participate in a three-day academy to learn leadership skills and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience of reflection and fellowship. Islander Scholars will become part of a network of like-minded students and mentors from across Hawaiʻi, who can help guide and support them in their life journeys. A video overview can be found at Island Scholars.
The process must be initiated by the school principal!
- JANUARY 13, 2017: Deadline for principals to submit their intent to participate
- FEBRUARY 28, 2017: Deadline for principals to select an Islander Scholar
- MARCH 17, 2017: Official notification to selected Islander Scholars
- APRIL 14, 2017: Deadline for Islander Scholars to affirm their commitment to participate
- JUNE 2 – 4, 2017: Islander Scholars Academy at Camp Pālehua in Kapolei on Oʻahu
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