The goal of the HCCNC Scholarship Program is to support student leaders as role models for the Hawai`i community. The Scholarship Program is aimed at strengthening the pipeline of Bay Area college- bound students and ensuring retention so that more students obtain their degrees. We seek to support qualified kama`aina, and assist them in making the transition from high school to college, and from Hawai`i to the mainland.

Congratulations to Derek Nishikawa and Nathan Choy, recipients of the 2011 HCCNC Scholarship!

Derek Nishikawa is a Punahou graduate from Pearl City.  He is a freshman in the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University where he is currently an undeclared business major leaning towards studying Accounting. Derek’s morals, values and education are strongly intertwined with the “Aloha spirit” that Hawaiʻi is known for. He hopes to bring the diverse thoughts and ideas from California back to the islands of Hawaiʻi where he can offer fresh ideas and new solutions to help solve the issues troubling Hawaiʻi’s communities.

Nathan Lee Ka’eo Choy is a Honolulu-born sophomore at the University of San Francisco majoring in Finance and minoring in Legal Studies. He graduated from Maryknoll School in 2009 as a star student athlete, leading both the Maryknoll baseball and volleyball teams to state championships.  Nathan strives to broaden his understanding of service and to better his work ethic by assisting his fellow students and college alumni as a Career Planning Peer Intern at the University’s Career Service Center.  After graduating from USF, Nathan plans to attend the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law where he wants to pursue a Juris Doctor degree. He is eager to practice business law in a way that brightens the future of Hawaii’s small business climate and economy, and helps those who face financial instability. Nathan has a true passion for the people of Hawaiʻi and hopes to become the voice of the community that once gave him his.