Monsanto awards $20,000 in scholarships to Hawaii students

(August 1, 2013) – Sixteen Hawaii students were selected to receive the Monsanto Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship or Hawaii Agricultural Scholarship, collectively earning a total of $20,000 to further their college educations.

Ten students were awarded $1,000 each for the Monsanto Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship. This year’s recipients are: Kellie Iwasaki (Waiakea High School), Dawn Mones (Kapaa High School), Steffi Molina (Maui High School), Lavinia Sagario (Maui High School), LesleyAnn Escobar (Molokai High School), Sonia Benzor (Moanalua High School), Anita Cheung (Moanalua High School), Kari Ikeda (Mililani High School), Sylvia Koo (Kalani High School), and Kahealani Uehara (Waipahu High School).

Monsanto’s Life Sciences Scholarship is open to students of all public and private high schools statewide who graduate in good standing and will be attending an accredited college or university to pursue a post-secondary education in a discipline related to the life sciences.

Six students received a total of $10,000 from Monsanto’s Hawaii Agricultural Scholarship.  They are: Raven Cariaga (UH Maui College), Chelsea Morrison (University of Hawaii at Hilo), Ron O’Brien (University of Hawaii at Hilo), Tai Phan (Leeward Community College), Julia Saito (St. Louis University) and Keli Ann Sakata (Leeward Community College).

Full-time students enrolled at an accredited college or university other than the University of Hawaii at Manoa or Oregon State University, and pursuing a degree in an agricultural science program or related discipline are eligible to apply for Monsanto’s Hawaii Agricultural Scholarship. Monsanto offers a separate scholarship to students pursuing a degree in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources (CTAHR) or pursuing an Agricultural Sciences or Science degree at Oregon State University.

“Monsanto believes in the power of education for a bright future,” said Alan Takemoto, community affairs manager for Monsanto Hawaii. “We consider it a privilege to be able to support the academic efforts of these promising young minds as they pursue higher education.”

Applications for the Monsanto Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship and Monsanto Hawaii Agricultural Scholarship can be downloaded online at or call 808-685-8664.