Steven Sasa Marsiglia is currently a first year graduate student in the M.S.Ed. Education, Culture and Society program at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a recent graduate of Ethnic Studies and Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley with a 4.6 GPA. As a past community organizer for the queer, Asian and Pacific Islander, and multicultural communities at Berkeley, Steven is interested in the intersectionalities of identity, equity, and education, in addition to human rights, ethnography, and diversity. In the future, he hopes to serve as an administrative resource at a university for all students by promoting social justice, activism, and multiculturalism.
Makayla Dole is a 2014 graduate of Western High School in Anaheim, California and is currently a freshmanat Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She was a scholar athlete in soccer, softball, and volleyball while maintaining a 3.9 GPA at Western High School. Makayla was a member of the National Honors Society, California Scholarship Federation, Polynesian Club and 2014 Club. Other high school highlights include Athlete of the Year as a sophomore and Scholar Athlete for all four years in volleyball, softball and soccer. As a freshman at Sacred Heart University, Makayla has worked hard to earn a starting position on the 2014 Women’s Volleyball Team.“Iam honored to be a recipient of this award and understand the benefit it will have for me and my family.”
Toma Samuelu Suafoa-Aumavae is a 2014 graduate of Lakewood High School and is currently a freshmanat the University of Redlands. He is also a Merit Scholar and former member of the National Honor Society of High School Scholars while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Aside from academics, Toma excelled in athletics becoming a team captainand being nominated to the All Moore League Team his senior year in high school. Toma has participated in the Pacific Islander Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) program in Orange County where he had the opportunity to learn how to empower and advocate for our Pacific Islander communities. “I would like to thank my parents, family, and friends for all the support as well as the members of PIHP for granting me this scholarship that I will put to good use while at the University of Redlands.”
Deison Tait Afualo is a resident of Corona, California and is currently a junior at the University of Oregon, Eugene. She is currently studying Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations. At the University of Oregon, Deison is heavily involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America, The Hawaii Club, and the Women's Rugby Team while maintaining a 3.0 GPA. She currently works at the Student Recreation Center on campus and is one of the Student Directors for Student Orientation Programs. “This scholarship will help me reach my goals of doing public relations for a non-profit firm that supports advocacy for good health and access to higher education in Samoa and in Pacific Islander communities around the United States.”
Joyce Naemon is an international Melanesian student hailing from Papua New Guinea. She is currently a 2nd year student studying at El Camino District College at Torrance as a Business Administration and Management major with a 3.2 GPA. She has aspirations togo back home to educate her community in Papua New Guinea on improvingPacific marketing and efficient utilization of natural resources. She has attended the Pacific Islander Festival last year where she learned about the scholarship and is now a recipient! Joyce is immensely grateful for this scholarship opportunity as it will afford her nearly 70% of her tuition expenses.“In essence it motivates me to a greater height in realizing my school goals and in achieving them.With thedriving force and motivation all is possible! I want to give a big thank you to Pacific Islander Health Partnership (PIHP) for this golden opportunity and for making this all possible for us.”
Anesati Pili is a graduate from Tracey High School and is currently a full time student at Cerritos College. Sati will be a first generation college graduate in his family, thus fulfilling his grand parents’ dream. Going to college was never before a goal for Anesati; however, he has decided to attend college because he wants to secure a successful future for his family and to expand his knowledge. He has dedicated his time to his studies and has strived to apply all that he has learned to life. His journey through college was not easy. Nonetheless, having this scholarship has contributed to his school and living expenses. Anesati is truly thankful for the Pacific Islander Health Partnership in awarding him this scholarship. “I cannot fully express the gratitude which I feel for this generosity. PHIP is giving me more than just a scholarship; they are helping me invest in my future so that I, too, may someday give back to my Pacific Islander Community. Thank you for helping me fulfill my dreams!”