The 2021-2022 First Insurance Scholarship in Climate Change is awarded to Alejandro Silva. Alejandro originally hails from Caracas, Venezuela, and moved to South Florida in 1995 to pursue the American Dream. He served for eight years as a combat medic in the U.S. Army, followed by a decade working in the healthcare field. Seeing firsthand the detrimental impacts that environmental degradation has to human health, he decided to shift focus and pursue a career in conservation and sustainability. He is currently working towards his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sustainability through Interdisciplinary Studies. He states: “I hope to be able to connect how I can best apply my background and experience into a career in the environmental field as it applies to sustainability, healthcare and well-being.” Congratulations, Alejandro!
The 2021-2022 First Insurance Scholarship in Climate Change is also awarded to Serene Danielle Smalley. Serene is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis on Watershed Resources Management. She began her academic journey at Windward Community College, earning an associate degree in Hawaiian Studies and Certificate of Competence in Ethnopharmacology before transferring to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa through the Kaʻieʻie Degree Pathway Partnership. After graduating, she plans “to focus on working with a conservation focused entity that has an innovative approach and process in conquering some of the problems in Hawaiʻi.” Congratulations, Serene!
The First Insurance Scholarship in Climate Change is awarded annually to two full-time undergraduate students with an interest in studying and taking action regarding climate change, both its causes and consequences.
For more information and to apply, please see the First Insurance Scholarship in Climate Change at star.hawaii.edu.
Mahalo to First Insurance Company of Hawaiʻi for providing this support.