Pauahi Foundation sending students to Hawaii Island Science Camp

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The Pauahi Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships for middle and high school students to attend Science Camps of America’s summer sessions on Hawaii Island.

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The Pauahi Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships for middle and high school students to attend Science Camps of America’s summer sessions on Hawaii Island.

In support of its mission to support the educational needs of people of Hawaiian descent, and through generous funds provided by the TMT International Observatory, the Pauahi Foundation will sponsor 12 students to attend Science Camp in 2016 — six for Land &Sea camp and six for Air &Space camp.

“We, at the foundation, are so proud to be able to offer this funding in support of STEM programs on Hawaii Island,” said Mavis Shiraishi-Nagao, scholarship services manager for Pauahi Foundation.

At Science Camp, students go outside to learn about the volcanoes, mountains, ocean, forests, plants and animals of Hawaii. Science Camp was started by former Honolulu-based software entrepreneur Michael Richards and University of Hawaii (Windward) professor of geology and oceanography Dr. Floyd McCoy.

McCoy directs the organization’s educational programming and Richards serves as the organization’s executive director and camp director.

“Science Camp is a unique experience for teens to learn and do science while having fun,” Richards said. “Each day, we head out on field trips from our base camp in Ka‘u to science destinations across Hawaii Island, where we explore new environments, help collect scientific data for research, meet working scientists, and experience and study Hawaii’s unique natural environment.

“We are very excited by this opportunity that Pauahi Foundation is providing to Native Hawaiian students interested in science. We are proud to be part of the greater effort to encourage young people in Hawaii to embark on science careers that will help them have a long-term positive impact on our local environment.”

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Science camps are 10-day overnight experiences for boys and girls ages 13-17 entering grades 8-12, and start June 29.

For more information about Science Camps of America, visit ScienceCampsAmerica.com. For information about the Pauahi Foundation scholarships, visit www.pauahi.org/science-camps-of-america.