The Japanese Community Association of Hawaii recently announced that Lisa Miyazaki and Daichi Marquis were awarded scholarships of $1,500 each for the coming school year.
Lisa Miyazaki is the daughter of Junshin Miyazaki and Liang Zhang. She is a recent graduate of Waiakea High School and plans to attend Brown University. While at Waiakea High School, Lisa was a member of the Japanese Club and Animal Rights Club. She was the Key Club President and Chairperson for the Variety Show, Winter Program, and Cap and Gown Committee. Lisa plans to study Biology at Brown and after receiving her undergraduate degree, she intends to attend Medical School aspiring to be an Emergency Room Physician. Lisa also volunteers at the Meishoin Church, Big Island Marathon and various COVID vaccination and support events. Lisa grandmother’s stories and experiences, her passion for science, and her volunteer activities influenced her desire to become a physician.
Daichi Marquis is the son of David and Yuko Marquis. He is a recent graduate of Pahoa High School. While attending Pahoa High School, Daichi served as a student representative and is a member of the National Honor Society. He also Volunteered at the Sacred Heart Church in Pahoa and continues to Volunteer at the Puna Hongwanji. At Puna Hongwanji, Daichi is the Junior Young Buddhist Association President, assists with church functions and completed the Jodo Shinshu Online Correspondence Course. Daichi plans to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa majoring in Religious Studies. After graduation, he would like to earn a master’s degree in Divinity from the Institute of Buddhist Studies located in Berkley, California. Daichi would like to give back to the community where he was raised by being ordained as a Jodo Shinshu Pure Land Buddhist Minister and serve in the Honpa Hongwanji’s Mission in Hawaii.
Our congratulations to both scholarship recipients!