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Mamoru & Aiko Takitani Foundation aims to award $200,000 in college scholarships

Mamoru & Aiko Takitani founded the local Hawaiian Host Chocolate Company and set up a foundation to support the education of Hawaiian students. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in scholarship and enrichment programs in Hawaii. PC: courtesy

The Mamoru & Aiko Takitani Foundation (The Takitani Foundation) is seeking high school students and seniors to apply for the 2022 scholarship program. Over $200,000 is expected to be awarded statewide.

All secondary schools accredited by WASC and HAIS are invited to nominate a high school student for the Takitani Scholarship Award in 2022. Scholarships are awarded to students who exemplify the qualities of hard work, high academic achievement, commitment to excellence and dedication to our community.

Eligible private and public high schools statewide will select an applicant from their school for a $3,000 scholarship. An additional $2,000 will be awarded to a select group of selected students from these categories: by District Public Schools, Hawaii Catholic Schools, and Private Schools (Hawaii Association of Independent Schools).

Three outstanding scholars overall will be selected for these additional awards:

  • Mamoru Takitani Outstanding Student Award of $10,000
  • Aiko Takitani Outstanding Student Award of $10,000
  • Karen Ono Distinguished Prize of $8000 USD

All scholarship recipients will be eligible to apply for renewal of up to $2,000 each year for up to three years while undergraduate.

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Participating schools must have a minimum of 100 students in high school (grades 9-12). Otherwise, accredited schools with less than 100 students will join a group of schools with a similar enrollment size.

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important dates

  • February 1, 2022: Deadline for students to send a hard copy of completed applications to their senior advisor/college advisor. Schools hold scholarship selection committees.
  • February 8, 2022: Deadline for schools to select Takitani Scholar, and go online to select and verify student selection.

For more information and for students and schools to apply, go to TakitaniFoundation.org. Students must notify their school advisor and submit a completed and typed application to their senior advisor/college advisor.

The scholarship finalists and senior scholarship winners will be announced in May 2022.

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“Mr. and Mrs. Takitani founded the Hawaiian Host, and they knew that hard work, innovation, and a commitment to excellence were key factors in their success,” said Michael W. Perry, President of KSSK Radio, Chairman of the Takitani Foundation. “The Teketanans wanted to recognize the same qualities in outstanding Hawaiian students while supporting them to continue their education.”

Last year, $225,000 in scholarships was awarded to 61 high school seniors.

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