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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 8:22 a.m., Thursday, June 14, 2007

5 campuses receive grants tied to Hawaiian enrollment

Advertiser Staff

Five Hawai'i colleges and universities will receive a total of $2.6 million in grants that aim to step up opportunities for Native Hawaiian students, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced today.

Chaminade University, Kapi'olani Community College, Honolulu Community College, Leeward Community College and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa will use the grants to plan and to implement various campus upgrades and activities for students.

"These grants will enhance the school's efforts to improve the educational opportunities for Native Hawaiian students," Spellings said in a news release issued this morning.

Among the eligibility requirements for the grants, at least 10 percent of undergraduate enrollment must consist of students with Native Hawaiian ancestry.

Chaminade University, which received $750,000, will renovate two laboratories used primarily for biology and chemistry classes.

HCC, which received $690,670, plans to build a music production studio, and UH-Manoa will create a Summer Retention Program with academic tutorial services using it $178,869 grant. KCC is expected to receive $723,591 in grant funding, according to the news release.