Letters — Seeking The Community’s Support

juniper ozbolt greyDear Pahoa and Hilo community members,

My name is Juniper Ozbolt and I am a freshman at Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science, public charter school. I have lived in Puna since the age of 2. I have recently been the great opportunity to attend Coastal Studies for Girls in Freeport, Maine. Coastal Studies for Girls is a semester school that focuses on science and leadership in sophomore girls. I have applied to attend from February, 2015 to June, 2015. I am so excited for this opportunity to expand my mind and horizons, learn new things, and find myself. I have participated in many environmental science and marine science programs including Manowai O Hanakahi, the USC Summer Marine Lab for High School Students 2013, have volunteered at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, Hooulu Lehua, and many others. I am a constant leader in my school and many extracurricular, so after my experience at Coastal Studies for Girls I will be able to inspire other young women and men to pursue their dreams while teaching them the things that I have learned through my experience.

The tuition of the school was previously $19,750 along with travel costs. My family has applied for financial aid and received a generous donation, bringing the tuition down to a cost of $9, 876, plus travel costs. The travel costs will average more than $1,200. This is an enormous difficulty for me and my family, but I don’t want the problem of money to hold me back from my dream. I am looking for any form of support from my community, either in the monetary or opportunity form. I would love to present my dream to any clubs or organizations in the area. If you have any opportunities for me to pursue or questions you can contact me at juniperozbolt@gmail.com. Or to donate to my cause, you can visit www.gofundme.com/8bqglk

Mahalo for the interest and support in my dream. I am excited to get started on my dream and can’t wait to hear from any of you!


Juniper Ozbolt

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