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Schatz: More Than $7.3 Million In New Federal Funding Heading To Hawai‘i To Provide Support Services, Help Native Hawaiian Students Graduate College

Grants Will Fund Programs To Help Native Hawaiian Students Navigate Financial Aid Planning, Select Classes, And Graduate On Time

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that several Hawai‘i colleges and universities will receive more than $7.3 million in new federal funding to support Native Hawaiian students. The grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions Program will help expand programs that serve Native Hawaiian students, including targeted support to promote completion and success in college.

“This new funding will help Native Hawaiian students navigate college life and earn a degree that will help them find a good-paying job,” said Senator Schatz, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. “When we provide targeted support services to Native Hawaiian students, it helps them graduate on time and puts them on a path to success.”

The funding can be used to develop curriculum, renovate and improve classrooms or other facilities, support academic instruction, provide education or counseling services to improve financial and economic literacy for students and their families, and purchase library books and other educational materials, among other things. The $7.3 million in grant funding includes:

  • $3,718,008 for the University of Hawai‘i
  • $1,021,000 for the University of Hawai‘i Maui College
  • $556,000 for the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
  • $556,000 Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • $556,000 for Windward Community College
  • $555,981 for Hawai‘i Community College
  • $337,302 for Kapiolani Community College