Jacqueline Makena Kapu, a student at University of Hawaii Maui College, has been named a 2016 New Century Scholar, by achieving the state’s highest score in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition. Kapu is currently majoring in administration of justice with a 4.0 grade-point average.
The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, and Phi Theta Kappa. The American Association of Community Colleges and the All-USA Community College Academic Team Program share a common application and together recognize outstanding community college students. The All-USA Program is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group and presented by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa. More than 1,900 students were nominated from more than 1,000 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities and how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.
Each New Century Scholar received a $2,000 scholarship and certificate, and will be recognized in Chicago on Tuesday during the American Association of Community Colleges Convention.