Seventeen new programs and initiatives supporting the education of Native Hawaiians will receive $10,638,067, Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Senator Daniel K. Akaka, U.S. Representative Mazie K. Hirono and U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa announced today.
The funding was awarded competitively to non-profit organizations including schools, universities, and churches. The series of seventeen grants is administered by the U.S. Department of Education through the Native Hawaiian Education Act (NHEA).
"Providing our young people with access to a quality, affordable education is the most important investment we can make in our future. These funds are critical to addressing the unique education needs of the Native Hawaiian people. Many have trouble gaining access to an affordable education and those who do may not stay the course and continue on to college. We must continue to do all we can to provide support and advance educational opportunities for the indigenous people Hawaii," said Senator Inouye.
"Today's investments in education organizations throughout our islands will help Native Hawaiian students build a bright future for themselves and Hawaii. I consider these investments a special kuleana and that's why I've worked hard to make sure these commitments to these students continue. Congratulations to today's award winners. May you continue making progress in improving educational opportunities for Hawaii's students, beginning with preschool and though the achievement of a college degree," said Congresswoman Hirono, a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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