Pacific Islanders go to college!

Pacific Islanders go to college!

From JoNelle Sood

I'm raising money to provide scholarships to Pacific Islanders attending an accredited college in the US. Each recipient will be assigned a mentor and will be part of the growing professional networking community.

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As a native Hawaiian growing up in California, I struggled with a sense of disconnect between my culture and the mainstream culture that surrounded me. I don't come from a family of college graduates, so while my peers made plans for college, that didn’t seem like an obvious path for me. I'm the 2nd person in my family to graduate college after my brother. Although my parents never discussed college as a possibility, they were supportive and financially helped me through most of my college career. Having a college degree opened doors and opportunities for me, which I would not have without the college experience, internships, and my degree. I've been in the high tech field for 20 years and it's always pained me to see the low representation of Pacific Islanders in the industry. 20% of Pacific Islanders are living at or below the poverty level and 23% of Pacific Islanders have an undergraduate degree compared to 35% of the general population. 

I created Ho'omou Foundation to support the success and development of Pacific Islanders. Our mission is to provide scholarships, mentorship, and networking opportunities to Pacific Islander students who are active in the Pacific Islander community. By combining the support for academic success and the perpetuation of our culture, the foundation will help recipients succeed in their endeavors while maintaining and growing their cultural ties and identity.

Please help us raise money to grant scholarships to students for the Fall 2020 semester. 

Feel free to share with your network so we can reach our goal!

Please note we are still in the process of becoming a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit.


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