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11 Maui students receive scholarships through Sentry Insurance Foundation

To date, Sentry has provided $68K to Maui students attending the University of Hawai‘i system and affiliated community colleges.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (March 27, 2023) – Eleven deserving students on the island of Maui will receive scholarships totaling $23,000 in 2023 through the Sentry Insurance Foundation's Sentry Scholars program.

"The Sentry Scholars program is part of our ongoing commitment to being an engaged partner on the island of Maui," said Kalynn Pempek, Executive Director of the Sentry Insurance Foundation. "These scholarships enable talented, driven individuals to remain on the island and make a positive impact on their communities."

This year’s 11 scholarship recipients display a wide range of interests:
  • Casey Paul Alexander, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Casey is a biology major.
  • Laura Brock, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Laura is currently studying biology. She grew up on Maui and plans to pursue medicine as a way to give back to her community.
  • Mary Jicel Butac, University of Hawai‘i Maui College. Pursuing a nursing degree, Mary’s goal is to become a registered nurse.
  • Camille Haluber, University of Hawai‘i Maui College. While majoring in liberal arts, Camille is also completing prerequisites to enter the nursing program. She finds the healthcare field rewarding and looks forward to making a positive impact in her community.
  • Tuʻupuamalamakahonua Helekahi, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Tuʻupuamalamakahonua participates in an on-campus mentorship program and is majoring in political science with a minor in Hawaiian studies.
  • Hinano Iguchi, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. During high school, Hinano served on executive council and was a member of National Honor Society. Now as a sophomore, she’s majoring in exploratory business major with plans to pursue a marketing degree.
  • Emalani Kekauoha-Schultz, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Emalani plans to use what she learns in her Hawaiian studies major to provide local children an opportunity to connect to their roots.
  • Jonas Marcial, University of Hawai‘i Maui College. With a desire to learn more about brand design and digital marketing, Jonas is studying creative media.
  • Serene Morales, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Serene is majoring in creative media and Asian studies. She plans to specialize in film and bring stories to life.
  • Uilani Launaole Loretta Koholokula Omalza, University of Hawai‘i at West Oahu. Uilani is studying social science.
  • Faith Soliven, University of Hawai‘i Maui College. Faith has enjoyed movies since she was young—so she’s excited to pursue a degree in creative media with a filmmaking concentration.

"Sentry Insurance has a genuine desire to be a part of the community and to provide opportunities for students," said Dr. Jocelyn Romero Demirbag, Director of Development for the University of Hawai‘i Foundation at UH Maui College. "They really want to know what's happening on the island with our students, university, and workforce, and we're very grateful for their support.”

As the title sponsor of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, Sentry Insurance has "worked to forge partnerships that will make the greatest impact on Maui's people, while also aligning with our foundation's mission of increasing access to education and workforce development," said Pempek.

To date, the Sentry Scholars program has provided $68,000 in college scholarships to 22 Maui students attending the University of Hawai‘i system and affiliated Hawai‘i community colleges. The program is renewable each year and currently awards scholarships to students pursuing two-year and four-year degrees. When fully implemented, the program will provide scholarships for up to 12 students at a time.

The Sentry Scholars program on Maui is similar to the Sentry Insurance Foundation’s scholarship program in Wisconsin, where Sentry’s home office is located. Since 1964, the Foundation has provided higher education scholarship opportunities at institutions throughout the state. In total, more than 200 students each year receive some level of financial scholarship from the Foundation.


For more information, please contact:

Carolyn Schamberger
Mobile: 715-315-9929

Hannah Quick
Mobile: 715-323-9174

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