Since 2014, the Community Concerns Committee has been tasked with evaluating and awarding our scholarship recipients. Each recipient needs to fulfill specific criteria to qualify for this scholarship.
On June 12, 2022, the Claire Merry/PCCC Scholarship awarded Nikki Fujii and Taylor Low as its 2022 recipients.
Nikki Fujii is a graduate of Mid Pacific Institute and is the daughter of Cindy and Karl Fujii and grandniece of Lynn and Frances Nakamura.
Throughout her years in high school, Nikki has participated in competitive cheerleading and hula whose performances has allowed her to travel to the mainland and abroad.
Her essay was about her Christian journey in her life. She compared her journey to a roller coaster ride and at times questioned her faith in God when faced with difficult situations to deal with. She realized that God allowed her to go through these difficult times to make her a stronger person to enable her to face new challenges in her future. Knowing this has strengthened her faith in God.
Nikki has been on the Presidents List from her freshman to senior years. She will be attending Colorado State University at Fort Collins in the fall.
Taylor Low is a graduate of Pearl City High School and is the daughter of Krisi and David Low and sister to brother Matthew.
Taylor was active in school sponsored activities by being involved in various school clubs, as well as participating in various athletic programs.
She was also an active participant at Pearl City Community Church volunteering her time in various leadership roles as well as being a member of the God Squad, a youth group at church.
During her years in high school, Taylor achieved awards and honors. Some of these are: 2nd and 3rd place at HOSA State Leadership Conferences, Academics, CTE and STEM Honors and also, being on the Principals List.
A highlight of her essay was her idea of supporting a 5-year-old boy, Boniface from Kenya last Christmas. She thought that by supporting Boniface would be a more meaning gift for her family instead of exchanging gifts that they really didn’t need. In this way, Taylor showed her love for God and shared God’s love for others in need.
Taylor will be attending Chapman University in the fall and will be majoring in speech pathology.