Scholarship

 

The All PONO Scholarship was created by Jrae Viela in 2014, as a way to honor of her brother, Pono.  Family, friends, and community members stepped up to support Jrae's mission—to promote the pursuit of higher education by awarding scholarship grants to deserving residents and All PONO athletes on the islands of Maui and Lānaʻi.  Since its first year of awards in 2015, Jrae and the All PONO Board handed out over $10,000 to a dozen college-bound seniors.

A 2016 graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Jrae is currently in her second year of attending Linfield College in Oregon—studying to become a psychologist.  Aside from her academic life, Jrae continues to raise funds towards providing additional All PONO Scholarships, for the 2017-2018 award cycle.

 

ALL PONO SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

2015

Britney Delima
($1,000)
Baldwin High School

ʻAʻaliʻi Dukelow
($1,000)
King Kekaulike High School

Mark Pader
($1,000)
Lanaʻi High School

Brandy Taguchi
($1,000)
Kamehameha Schools—Maui

2016

Jacy Sera
($1,000)
Maui High School

Michael Kahula
($1,000)
Kamehameha Schools—Maui

Alexandra Simo
($1,000)
Molokaʻi High School

 

2017

Leah Maddela
($1,000)
Kamehameha Schools—Maui

Kiera Viela
($500)
Kamehameha Schools—Maui

Kupono Duarte
($500)
Kamehameha Schools—Maui

Montana Vaught
($1,000)
Kamehameha Schools—Maui

Damien Awai
($500)
Baldwin High School


SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS LOOKING BACK

 
The All PONO organization was a significant foundation in my growth and the journey that still awaits; and I am forever grateful to have been a part of it.
— Jacy Sera
 

All PONO Athlete & Scholarship Recipient (2016), JACY SERA

The All Pono organization was sparked on the face of great adversity, and it has transformed into a positive movement for our entire community.  Being part of this organization molded me into the person I am today.

At eight years old, I joined the first Pono Girls Soccer team.  This was a new experience for all of us, the parents, coaches, and players. However, this team impacted me for the rest of my life.  We traveled to compete in tournaments yearly and bonded like sisters.  My Pono coaches taught me the skills and techniques to succeed as a soccer player, later benefitting me as I made the Maui High Girls Varsity Soccer team as a freshman; and voted a captain for my junior and senior year of high school.  However, it wasn’t just the technical skills that opened up these opportunities, it was more about learning the meaning of perseverance, teamwork, communication, hard work, sportsmanship, and to “Do What is Right.”

[I]t wasn’t just the technical skills that opened up these opportunities, it was more about learning the meaning of perseverance, teamwork, communication, hard work, sportsmanship, and to “Do What is Right.”
— Jacy Sera

This core value system influenced my character as a teen figuring out who I was.  Throughout the years, keeping [All PONO] in mind helped me make decisions in soccer, but mostly in life.  In high school, I strived to succeed in my academics,  and challenged myself in extracurricular activities—with the understanding and hope to get accepted into a university of my choice.  My senior year, the hard work paid off as I received the All PONO Scholarship and other local scholarships.  From those opportunities, I was able to accept my offer to Chapman University—where I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, and a minor in Nutrition.  My end goal is to return home after gaining the necessary knowledge and education to better the community that had raised and supported me all those years. The All PONO organization was a significant foundation in my growth and the journey that still awaits; and I am forever grateful to have been a part of it.

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