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.

“We are so pleased to invest in these two extraordinary individuals,” says Jenny Fujita, partner with FMPR.  “We are absolutely confident that they will both make enormous contributions to the world around them, and to their local communities in particular.  They are already on that path.”

“Jenny and I are especially impressed with Nicole and Louis’ desires and actions in caring for their communities and creating their own opportunities to advance themselves, which is a key to success in this evolving economy,” says Koerte. “Wherever their careers take Nicole and Louis, we know they’ll blend their intellectual talents and concern for others to play an influential role in the betterment of society.  To that end, as with our past FMPR Scholars, we will be posting updates about Nicole and Louis on our website at www.fmpr.net and with them, will continue growing our network of FMPR Scholars so they can collaborate and achieve great things for themselves, their communities, and the world.”

FMPR Scholars are chosen based on several key criteria: they are Kaua`i and Pennsylvania 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; have the ability to lead and the motivation to use their talents to the fullest.

Ranked as one of Hawai`i’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 island community, where cultural and business nuances must be carefully navigated. For more information about FMPR, visit its website at www.fmpr.net.

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