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.