Wai‘anae to Whitworth ‘Auwai collaboration
Posted: June 27, 2019
“You’re the foundation for something that’s bigger than yourself, and that’s the Whitworth way.” Whitworth University Associate Professor of Education Keith Lambert, a proud alumnus, gets emotional when discussing his school’s unique collaboration with Kamehameha Schools and the Hawai‘i State Department of Education: a Wai‘anae-to-Whitworth ‘Auwai (Pipeline) that fully funds eight academic scholarships for Native Hawaiian haumāna from Wai‘anae and Nānākuli to attend the university in Spokane, Wash. In addition to funding 16 scholarships thus far, the partnership also covers students’ costs associated with housing, dining, books, miscellaneous fees and two trips home annually to keep the connection with Hawai‘i intact. “Individualized Education Plans” are created for each student that factor in both academic and personal needs, including ‘ohana obligations in Hawai‘i.
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