Two Hawaii Students Win Verizon Foundation Scholarships

HONOLULU - Two Hawaii students have won college scholarships from Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications. Each scholarship is $5,000 per year, renewable for three years, for a maximum award of $20,000.

Shannon Chung of Kaneohe and Janette Gerolaga of Ewa Beach are the Hawaii winners. They are among 260 students nationwide who received a scholarship this year through the company's program for employees' children.

Chung, son of Joy Awai and Darrell Chung, is a graduate of Kalani High School. He is pursuing a degree in business at Linfield College in Oregon. His father is a customer operations manager for Verizon Hawaii.

Gerolaga, daughter of Tito and Gina Gerolaga, is a graduate of Campbell High School. She is pursuing a degree in pre-medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her father is a building services technician for Verizon Hawaii.

Verizon annually awards scholarships to the children of employees as part of the company's commitment to work force development, one of Verizon Foundation's core funding priorities. This fall, a total of 1,025 students who received scholarships through the company program will attend colleges and universities nationwide.

"Verizon's long-standing commitment to invest in the development of a skilled work force starts with the children of our employees," said Mel Horikami, president of Verizon Hawaii. "We congratulate our scholarship winners and wish them success in the coming years."

Verizon Foundation awarded the scholarships in partnership with Scholarship America, a nonprofit, private sector scholarship and educational support organization.

In 2003, the foundation awarded more than 21,000 grants totaling about $70 million to charitable and nonprofit agencies that focus on improving basic and computer literacy, enriching communities through technology, and creating a skilled work force. The foundation uses its resources in the United States and abroad to develop partnerships in technology and connect them with organizations serving the needs of diverse communities, people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, and the economically and socially disadvantaged.

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