The American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) – Hawai`i Chapter is pleased to offer
scholarships to nursing students within the nursing education community as a means of promoting
professional growth and development.
Our 2020 AONL Hawaii Scholarship Recipients:
Theodora You - BSN Category
Currently enrolled in the BSN program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and currently maintains a GPA of 3.98. She is very active in her school’s National Student Nursing Association and served as a marketing director and produced a newsletter highlighting the activities of the school of nursing and the nursing students. She is recently elected as president of the Student Nurses Association for the upcoming year and hopes to aid the students on issues nurses currently face such as COVID-19 pandemic and social/racial disparities. She’s also a volunteer at the Hawaii HOME project thru the John A. Burns School of Medicine student-run free health clinic serving the homeless population. These volunteer activities helped Theodora developed her leadership and communication skills which will help her in her future career as a registered nurse.
Jessica Kaawa - Masters Category
Currently an online graduate student at the University of Southern California pursuing her MSN FNP degree. Growing up in the Hawaii Island, Jessica moved to Oahu in 2002 and attended KCC nursing program and received her ADN in 2005. She worked at Queens Medical Center as an Acute Med-Surg/Oncology nurse. While working at QMC, she attended the first cohort QMC/UHM RN to BSN program and graduated in 2013, and later received two board certifications, RN-BC in 2016 and OCN in 2017. After working at QMC for 12 years, Jessica moved back to the Hawaii Island to raise a family and be closer to her parents. She is currently working at Kona Community Hospital Cancer Center. She is excited to pursue her advanced nursing practice degree to serve her community because of the severe shortage of healthcare providers in the Hawaii Island.
Randall Sato - Masters Category
Currently pursuing his MSN from Eastern Kentucky University and hopes to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). He received his BSN from HPU in 2012, and worked at QMC from 2013 until 2019 where he spent most of his nursing experience as a med-surg nurse. Randall is actively involved in numerous hospital-wide committees and obtained his ANCC Med-Surg Certification in 2016 and Clinical Ladder (CN-III) in 2018-2019. He is also a member of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association since 2019. His work as a med-surg nurse exposed him to many patients with mental health issues and realized how devastating mental health illness is to the individual and the community. Because of his fascination with psychiatric nursing, he transferred to the Family Treatment Center, an acute, inpatient psychiatric unit for children and adolescents, in July 2019. There are not enough psychiatric mental health providers available to care for these patients so he hopes that someday, he will be able to help these underserved patients.
Uyen Huynh Freitas - Doctorate Category
Currently a DNP student at UHMSONDH. Anna also received her undergraduate degree at UHMSONDH through the GEPN-BSN program. Her long-term plan after graduation is to move to the neighboring islands to serve the disadvantaged and uninsured population. Growing up in a poor village in Vietnam, she saw how difficult it is for poor people to receive healthcare services without health insurance. Anna is currently serving as the student representative for the Department of Nursing’s DNP Curriculum and Program Delivery Committee for 2020-2021. In spring 2020, she interned at Senator Baker’s office to learn about health policy. She is also currently working at the Hawaii State Center for Nursing for COVID-19 Resources for Post-Acute Care for continuing nursing education. Anna is also a volunteer for Hawaii Reserves Medical Corps as a trained COVID-19 contact tracer, and has been doing a lot of community outreach and education on COVID-19. She also volunteers with the American Red Cross as a disaster health services associate. Anna believes that leadership is not about looking good on her resume, but sharing the voice with others by providing information, knowledge and methods to help them become successful.
Congratulations to our 2020 Scholarship recipients.