Jose is 2017 FMPR Scholar

Jose is 2017 FMPR Scholar

Fujita & Miura Public Relations (FMPR) announced that Uakea Jose of Kekaha has been awarded as the 2017 FMPR scholar and received a $1,000 scholarship to use toward her college expenses.  Jose graduated from Kamehameha High School at Kapalama and will receive her Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University in 2018 with a double major in psychology and communications studies.

“Uakea is the first of her family to attend a four-year institution.  That alone is a great achievement, but she also has so many other accomplishments under her belt from being the marketing manager of an entertainment business to teaching children in LA how to play ukulele,” says Joy Miura Koerte, partner with FMPR. “Uakea has a beautiful heart and mind and we are so pleased to be able to contribute to her future.”

Jose graduated high school with a 3.83 GPA, and currently maintains a 3.96 GPA in college. At Loyola Marymount University, she is the incoming marketing manager for Mane Entertainment and the president of the Creare Service Organization that focuses on creating opportunities for children. She is a Student Service and Leadership Award Recipient, a member of the Alpha Kappa Nu: Jesuit Honor Society, and has been on the Dean’s List since 2014.

Says Jose, “My three key ‘loves’ and foundational aspects in my life are my Hawaiian culture, psychology, and music. By combining all three, I plan to open my own private practice in marriage and family therapy with a holistic approach that includes music, art, and sustainability for Native Hawaiian people.”

Jose continues, “My past experiences shape my future and all that I want to do with it. I intend to go forward with the guidance of my history and culture because then in trying to serve it, I will have the tools and appreciation I need to do it justice. At the end of the day, Mother Teresa reminds us that ‘we can do not great things; only small things with great love.’ I am determined to express this great love by attending to my loves of psychology, creativity, and most importantly, Hawaiʻi.”

Jose is the daughter of Brenda Jose and Richard Jose of Kekaha.

“Uakea is a shining example of the kinds of scholars we love to support and see grow over the years,” says Jenny Fujita, also a partner with FMPR. “She is clearly a pioneer already and we have full faith that she will spend her life bettering the lives of others in our community.”

FMPR Scholars are chosen based on several key criteria: they are Kaua`i residents and students who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees, preferably in communications or public relations; are interested in owning or working for a small business and/or home-based business; engaged in entrepreneurial activities; intend to come home to and pursue their livelihoods in their local communities after undergraduate or graduate school; are engaged in community service and wish to advance their local community after college; have proven intellectual and academic achievements; show integrity of character and an interest in helping others; and have the ability to lead and the motivation to use their talents to the fullest.

Fujita & Miura Public Relations is a full-service communications consulting firm located on Kaua`i, Hawai`i and in the Greater Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Since 2000, FMPR has been providing strategic advice and services to businesses and nonprofit organizations to help them achieve their goals.

2017 FMPR Scholarship Now Available

2017 FMPR Scholarship Now Available

The 2017 FMPR Scholarship Application period is now open. Deadline to submit a completed application packet for consideration is April 30, 2017.

Since 2009, FMPR has awarded two $1,000 scholarships annually, one to a Kauai student and one to a Pennsylvania student pursuing their bachelor’s or graduate degree. FMPR Scholars are exemplary students and community members who:

  • Are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees, preferably in communications or public relations
  • Are interested in owning or working for a small business and/or home-based business
  • Are engaged in entrepreneurial activities
  • Have the intention to return to the communities in which they grew up after undergraduate or graduate school to pursue their livelihoods
  • Are engaged in community service and wish to advance their communities
  • Have proven intellectual and academic achievements
  • Show integrity of character and an interest in helping others
  • Have the ability to lead and the motivation to use their talents to the fullest
Yoshida Awarded as 2016 FMPR Scholar

Yoshida Awarded as 2016 FMPR Scholar

Fujita & Miura Public Relations (FMPR) announced that Brittney Yoshida of Kauai High School has been awarded as the 2016 FMPR scholar and received a $1,000 scholarship to use toward her college expenses.

“Brittney is an exemplary student, leader and product of Kauai who is poised to flourish in college and her future career,” says Jenny Fujita, partner with FMPR. “We are so pleased to be able to contribute to her education.”

Yoshida graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA and was All Student Body President. She participated in Kauai High School’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) program that included a 120-hour summer internship at the Kaua`i Marriott Resort & Beach Club. Through her experience in AOHT, she has decided to pursue a career in event planning in the hotel industry. She will be attending the University of Nevada Las Vegas this fall.

“We are very impressed with Brittney’s values and philosophy in regards to community service,” says Joy Miura Koerte, also a partner with FMPR. “Her desire and willingness to help others is admirable in a young adult.”

As a member of the Interact, Spanish, and Leo clubs, Yoshida was involved in numerous community service projects, such as food drives, clean-up projects, mentoring youth, and coaching.

Yoshida states, “We all can contribute in different ways. At any point in our lives, we can give time, talent and/or treasure. Sometimes we can give all three, at other times, we can only give one or two. As a student, the best way I can give back is with my time and my talent. At some point in my life, I hope to have enough financial resources to be able to give back with treasure.”

Yoshida is the daughter of Laurie and Vernon Yoshida of Lihue.

FMPR Scholars are chosen based on several key criteria: they are Kauai residents and students who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees, preferably in communications or public relations; are interested in owning or working for a small business and/or home-based business; engaged in entrepreneurial activities; intend to come home to and pursue their livelihoods in their local communities after undergraduate or graduate school; are engaged in community service and wish to advance their local community after college; have proven intellectual and academic achievements; show integrity of character and an interest in helping others; and have the ability to lead and the motivation to use their talents to the fullest.

Ranked as one of Hawaii’s top PR firms, FMPR is a full service PR firm that provides the finest communications consulting services to clients in a variety of industries worldwide. FMPR specializes in communications strategies that are effective in our unique communities, where cultural and business nuances must be carefully navigated.

FMPR Scholar Updates

ShyanneWe are so proud of all of our FMPR Scholars.  Here’s what they have been up to:

Benjie Baclig (2009) is working on an entrepreneurial venture and honing his stock trading skills.
Shelcie (Takenouchi) Kalinowski (2009) is an Account Executive with Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a global public relations agency, in California.
Shyanne Matsumoto (2010) graduated from Oregon State University in 2014 and is enrolled in the master’s of arts in teaching program at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo.
Nicole Rapozo (2010) is finishing up her liberal arts associates degree at Kaua`i Community College and is working fulltime at Kaua`i Community Federal Credit Union as a financial service representative.
Louis Herbst (2010) obtained his master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently the assistant head of school at Scattergood Friends School in Iowa.
Kainani Otsuji (2013) is currently in her third year at the University of California Los Angeles, majoring in sociology. She is applying for a communications studies major in hopes to double major in both programs.
Grace Peralta (2014) is currently working at the Boys and Girls Club in Lihue as a Youth Development Specialist and is working on her liberal arts degree.
Jenna Mazda (2014) just graduated from Cabrini College in Pennsylvania with a master’s in education. She is currently teaching first and second grade at United Friends School.

Jarquio Selected as 2015 FMPR Scholar

Jarquio Selected as 2015 FMPR Scholar

Fujita & Miura Public Relations (FMPR) announced that Hazel-Lyn Jarquio of Kapa`a High School has been awarded as the 2015 FMPR scholar.

An active leader in academics, athletics and community service, Jarquio has achieved a 4.0 GPA and has been a member of Kapa`a High School’s student council since her freshman year, holding various officer positions from class secretary to senior class president. Jarquio has participated in four sports during high school and has served a total of 200 hours of community service through Kapa`a High School’s Key Club and St. Catherine’s Parish. This fall, she will be attending the University of Hawai`i at Manoa where she will pursue a degree in nursing, specializing in pediatrics. (more…)

Peralta and Mazda Awarded as 2014 FMPR Scholar

1159882e-31c7-4f2f-8a17-255218097026Fujita & Miura Public Relations (FMPR) has announced that Grace Peralta of Kaua`i and Jenna Mazda of Pennsylvania are the 2014 FMPR scholars.

An active leader in many non-profit organizations for youth, Kaua`i High School graduate Grace Peralta will be attending Kaua`i Community College, later transferring to Azusa Pacific University to major in the field of public relations. Upon graduation, her ultimate goal is to work as a PR officer for a non-profit organization on Kaua`i, preferably for the Boys and Girls Club.

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Rapozo, Herbst Announced as 2012 FMPR Scholars

Fujita & Miura Public Relations has announced that Nicole Rapozo of Kaua`i and Louis Herbst of Pennsylvania are the 2012 Fujita & Miura Public Relations’ (FMPR) Scholars.

Sixteen-year-old Nicole Rapozo of Kaua`i graduated a year early from Kapa`a High School this May with a 3.7 GPA. The daughter of Mel and Patsy Rapozo, Nicole is the author of a book of quotes entitled, “Inspiration, Motivation, Change,” the
proceeds of which she will use to begin a foundation to benefit children and single parents. Once she completes one year at Kaua`i Community College, she will transfer to a mainland college and major in psychology, to eventually pursue her doctorate and a career serving families and children.

“I enjoy community service and helping children and families.  I intend to use my education and my passion for community service to pursue a career that make a positive difference in the lives of all the people I serve,” says Rapozo.

image-150x150Louis Herbst is a middle school instructor as well as the Athletic Director and Summer Camp and After School Enrichment Program Director for United Friends School.  Herbst has a bachelor’s degree in history and education, summa cum laude and will begin pursuing his master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania this summer. He is enrolled in the Friends Council on Education Leadership Institute, where he will engage in a two-year action research leadership project.

“My goal is to become the head of a Friends School. I see an education through Penn’s independent school leadership program as an amazing opportunity to reflect and challenge myself. As a Quaker, I am committed to the conflict resolution and decision making processes that guide not just Friends Schools but many independent schools. I feel it necessary to be part of a program that understands these challenges and processes. More than anything, I desire to be a reflective leader that hears all, fosters teachers’ passions, and places the students first,” says Herbst. (more…)

FMPR Scholars: Baclig, Matsumoto, and Takenouchi Thrive

FMPR-scholarship-recipients-copy2In 2009, we initiated the FMPR Scholar program to award scholarships to outstanding Kauai students. Since then, we’ve kept in regular contact with our FMPR Scholars and have connected them with each other in a scholar network.  We continue to be so impressed with their achievements that we’ve presented an additional $500 scholarship to each of them this year as they pursue their respective goals.

Benjie Baclig has begun his third year at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. This summer, he interned at Barclays Capital in New York. Shyanne Matsumoto will soon begin her second year at Oregon State University double majoring in education and chemistry. She completed her previous semester with a 4.0 GPA.  Shelcie Takenouchi graduated from USC with a master’s degree in public relations in May. She is currently working as a PR associate at Hill & Knowlton in Los Angeles.

FMPR Scholars are chosen based on several key criteria: they are Kauai residents and students who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees, preferably in communications or public relations; are interested in owning or working for a small business and/or home-based business; engaged in entrepreneurial activities; intend to come home to and pursue their livelihoods on Kauai after undergraduate or graduate school; are engaged in community service and wish to advance the Kauai community after college; have proven intellectual and academic achievements; show integrity of character and an interest in helping others; and have the ability to lead and the motivation to use their talents to the fullest. For more information about our FMPR Scholar program, visit our FMPR Scholar blog posts.

Matsumoto Announced as 2010 FMPR Scholar

Matsumoto Announced as 2010 FMPR Scholar

We’d like to offer up our congratulations to Shyanne Matsumoto as our 2010 Fujita & Miura Public Relations’ (FMPR) Scholar.

Matsumoto of Kalaheo is a graduating senior at Kaua`i High School with a 3.651 grade point average (GPA).  She has been accepted to Oregon State University where she will pursue a double major in secondary education and chemistry. Outside of school, Matsumoto has been an active volunteer and an effective leader.

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FMPR Scholarship

In the next few months, teenagers from all over Kaua’i will be receiving acceptance letters from colleges and their parents will begin preparing to have empty nests.  It will be an exciting time for many, and for some, a time of apprehension.  Students will wonder what the new school year at college brings for them in terms of academic challenges and social situations.  Parents will wonder how they will pay tuitions, especially in this challenging economy.  But still, those who have the opportunity to pursue higher education will find a way.  Fujita & Miura Public Relations would like to join those families investing in education by awarding one $1,000 scholarship to a Kaua’i student pursuing their bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree. (more…)

Lessons from Benjie

Lessons from Benjie

This year we had the distinct honor to award scholarships to two deserving and extraordinary recipients, Benjie Baclig and Shelcie Takenouchi.  Shelcie is in Southern California, where she will attend USC to pursue a master of arts degree in strategic public relations.  Benjie just graduated as the valedictorian from Waimea High School on Kaua’i’s Westside so we were able to take him and his family to breakfast to meet him and learn what fired his ambition to be great. (more…)

FMPR Scholarship

In the next few months, teenagers from all over Kaua’i will be receiving acceptance letters from colleges and their parents will begin preparing to have empty nests.  It will be an exciting time for many, and for some, a time of apprehension.  Students will wonder what the new school year at college brings for them in terms of academic challenges and social situations.  Parents will wonder how they will pay tuitions, especially in this challenging economy.  But still, those who have the opportunity to pursue higher education will find a way.  Fujita & Miura Public Relations would like to join those families investing in education by awarding one $1,000 scholarship to a Kaua’i student pursuing their bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree.  (more…)