It’s graduation season and it is so exciting and inspiring to hear about friends and family members making the transition. I’ve seen pictures of Kindergarten, Middle School, High School and College grads and it makes me feel good about our future.
As noted in my book, I am a proud and active member of both Soroptimist International of Waikiki and of the Hawaii Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Both of these organizations are involved in giving scholarship and financial awards to students pursuing higher education.
At our recent Hat Luncheon Fundraiser, Hawaii Links gave $3,000 in scholarships to Hawaii minority high school students.
Earlier this year the combined Soroptimist Clubs on Oahu gave over $30,000 in financial awards to students with the bulk of those funds going to single parents who head households while juggling their educational pursuits.
And in May, I had the honor of attending our Founder Region Conference in San Ramon California where Soroptimists awarded $10,000 each to seven women PhD candidates to enable them to complete their doctoral programs. One was a candidate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. College is expensive, and college graduates are most likely to be carrying a huge debt load as they walk across the stages of America to receive their degrees. So, organizations who are involved in promoting ways to ease those burdens, are a necessary part of our communities. Rotarians, Sororities and Fraternities, church groups, community associations, Masons and so many others, give a lot of their time and resources to assure a greater future for our nation and our world. I salute you for all the fine work you do.
In my book, I talk about some of the defendants I encountered when I presided on the criminal bench who just did not have the opportunity to pursue education and, more tragically, had no one to cheer them on. I am absolutely convinced that scholarships and the encouragement that these organizations provide would have made a difference in their lives and the choices they felt they had to make. So, I say to those of you who are doing your part, keep on. Your work is needed and necessary.
So, for the months of June and July, I will personally autograph my book, Tales From The Bench: Essays on Life and Justice and waive the shipping charges for your special graduate . If you order two books, the cost will be reduced to $35,00, and shipping is free. For this offer, send your check and information to me at P.O. Box 894331 Mililani, HI 96789. If you order through this website, I will refund the charges and the discount to you .
Let me know your thoughts. Aloha.