10 May 2010

Hawaiian students on rich American scholarships studying in New Zealand

7:02 pm on 10 May 2010

Two native Hawaiian scholars have won top American awards to complete their post graduate studies at New Zealand's University of Waikato.

The year long Mellon-Hawai'i doctoral fellowships are worth forty thousand US dollars each.

It's the first time the fellowships have been awarded to students studying in New Zealand.

Keao NeSmith is completing a PhD in applied linguistics, focussing on how the Hawaiian language is being conveyed to a new generation of Hawaiian speakers.

Noe Noe Wong-Wilson's doctoral research is looking at strategies for success for native Hawaiians entering community colleges.

Both researchers will be based at Waikato University's School of Maori and Pacific Development.