The Maui Portuguese Cultural Club provides one-year college or vocational school scholarships of $500 to $1,000. Applicants must have part or full Portuguese ancestry and must write an essay of 250 or more words about perpetuating Portuguese heritage.
Other application information is available from school counselors.
Guidelines and forms are available online at www.mauiportugueseculturalclub.com or write to the club at P.O. Box 4035, Kahului 96733.
Most of our Portuguese ancestors on Maui came from Madeira and the Azores Islands which were remote outposts of a maritime empire. Portuguese sailing ships would stop at these islands to replenish supplies before journeying onward across the Atlantic Ocean and around continents. Madeira and Porto Santo are islands off of Africa.