The Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation, Inc. has awarded nine Hawaiʻi Island seniors college scholarship awards in its annual Legacay Scholarship program. HPA senior Tanner Riley and Kaʻu High School senior Chloe Gan were each awarded $5,000 scholarships as finalists in the statewide competition. Seven seniors from Hawaiʻi Island schools each received $2,000 scholarships in recognition of their strong academic achievements and commitment to their community.
The students were among 62 recipients, one from each qualifying public and independent schools in the state, who received scholarships based on academic achievement, community service and financial need. In total, the Foundation awarded $181,000 to students throughout the state in its Legacy Scholarship Program this year.
Riley is the son of Tara and Bryan Riley of Kailua-Kona. A National Merit Semifinalist, Riley's academic excellence earned him a place on the Headmaster's List throughout high school. A member of the HPA Honor Committee, Riley also volunteered for the Outreach Program as a teen leader, the Neurolab Research Institute in Genetics, and the New Life Ranch Leadership Development Program. Riley will attend Dartmouth College in New Hampshire this fall.
"Mr. and Mrs. Takitani's legacy of commitment, dedication and generosity is honored each year through the Takitani Foundation," said KSSK Radio personality Michael W. Perry, who serves as Chairman of the Board of the Takitani Foundation. "The Takitanis knew hard work, innovation and commitment to excellence were key factors in their success with Hawaiian Host, and wanted to recognize those same qualities in Hawaii's outstanding students with the opportunity to further their education."Mamoru and Aiko Takitani founded Hawaiian Host, Inc., manufacturer of Hawaiian Host chocolates, and established the Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation, Inc. to give back to the community by providing the gift of education to the young people of Hawaiʻi. Hawaiian Host donates part of the proceeds from the sales of Hawaiian Host products to the Foundation in support of its scholarship programs. Since 1993, the Foundation has annually presented scholarships to an outstanding student from every qualifying high school in the state and has awarded more than $2.5 million in scholarships through its programs.
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