Under the Liko Aʻe II grant, the following information was provided by the Liko Aʻe External Evaluator, Dr. Reshela DuPuis.
Goal 1: Scholarship - to enable Native Hawaiian students to pursue post secondary education goals by providing financial aid.
The Program's Liko Aʻe II grant application stated that, if funded, "at least 150 Liko Aʻe scholarships will be awarded" in each year, leading to the expectation that the Program would fund at least 450 scholars over three years. Analysis of data provided by the Program demonstrates that it far exceeded this goal. Between the 2007-08 and 2009-10 funding cycles, the Program funded nearly 2½ times as many scholars as originally projected, providing a total of 1,112 scholarships to Native Hawaiian students entering or continuing higher education programs using Liko Aʻe II funds. An additional 411 scholars were co-funded or solely-funded using supplemental Liko Aʻe III funds, resulting in a total of 1,523 Native Hawaiian students to whom the Program provided higher education scholarships over the three years of the Liko Aʻe II grant. Of the 1,523 total scholarships awarded, the Program distributed funds across all four degree levels from Associates to Doctorate.
Competitive Preference 1 Goal - to serve the needs of at-risk Native Hawaiians.
During its administration of the Liko Aʻe II grant, the Program met the NHEP’s Competitive Preference 1 goal of providing for the needs of at-risk Native Hawaiians by providing scholarships that allowed them to enter, attend and complete degree programs at institutions of higher education. In achieving this goal, the Program was a partner with and vigorously supported similar work by other Native Hawaiian agencies, non-profits and academic initiatives across the Hawaiian Education community, all aimed at increasing the number of Native Hawaiians in higher education and professional fields.
The Liko Aʻe Program met these long-standing challenges in serving the needs of at-risk Native Hawaiians seeking to enter or continue their educations at institutions of higher learning by designing and implementing several innovative administrative, recruitment and scholarship disbursement policies that responded to the unique needs of high-need and at-risk Native Hawaiian scholars and potential scholars, all while maintaining high standards for scholarly achievement that encouraged prospective applicants and awardees to accomplish academic and professional success.
Competitive Preference Goal 2 – to serve the needs of Native Hawaiians in fields or disciplines in which Native Hawaiians are underemployed.
Overall, the Program far exceeded the expected requirements of this goal by providing scholarships to students enrolling, majoring or intending to major in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) fields or in Education, both areas in which Native Hawaiians are severely underemployed.
In 2008-09 and 2009-10, the Program also refocused on providing scholarships to students in Hawaiian Studies and Language programs. While the latter was not an officially-adopted Competitive Preference, the Program clearly helped achieve NHEP’s overall goal of supporting Native Hawaiian culture and language studies through these scholarship disbursement patterns.
…over the three years of the grant, the Program cumulatively awarded more than half its total scholarships to students in STEM, Education and Hawaiian Studies or Language fields. Additionally, at least 139 (9%) of all awardees were already teaching.
Goal 2: Recruitment – to inform, inspire, and induct Native Hawaiian students to commit to attainment of a post secondary education and to facilitate this commitment throughout the entry and admittance process.
The Program fully met, and in most areas exceeded, its Recruitment goal as stated in its grant application, both by implementing proven recruitment strategies and by designing and implementing innovative ones focused on assisting high-need, at-risk Native Hawaiian students and their communities.
Goal 3: Matriculation – to support Native Hawaiian students’ learning and successful fulfillment of academic requirements by providing advocacy, counseling, and course/career mentoring.
The Program fully and successfully met its Matriculation goal by offering at-risk Native Hawaiian scholars comprehensive, easily-accessible post-award support targeted at helping them successfully complete each required component of their academic programs and advance to their chosen careers. While many, if not most, scholarship disbursement programs around the nation simply provide financial aid to students, the Liko Aʻe Program Director and staff went far beyond that norm in serving their awarded scholars by implementing policies, strategies and practices that allowed them to use the Program’s limited resources to provide awardees with success-focused counseling, mentoring and academic and career support throughout their tenures as Liko Aʻe scholars.
NOTE: FOR COMMENTS MADE BY STUDENTS, THIS QUOTE BY THE EVALUATOR CAN BE USED.
The Hawaiian values-based approach through which these counseling and mentoring services were delivered very clearly made being part of the Liko Aʻe Program a highly positive experience for the vast majority of its scholars. Further, by remaining committed to achieving this goal in a culturally-sensitive way, over the term of this grant the Program developed into a state-wide leader in supporting Native Hawaiians’ academic and career success.
Goal 4: Commencement – to provide opportunities for community service in order to encourage Native Hawaiian graduates to make life-long contributions to sustaining community improvement and educational advancement of others.
The Liko Aʻe Program fully and successfully met its Commencement goal by providing Native Hawaiian scholars multiple opportunities to serve at-risk Hawaiian and other communities and by encouraging them to make a life-long habit of contributing to sustaining and improving the health, education and vitality of their own Native people and all people around the world.