Wailea Community Association donates $ 18,000 to nursing students at UH Maui College


The Wailea Community Association has donated over $ 18,000 over the past two years to the University of Hawaii’i Maui College to support all students in the nursing program. Courtesy of the Wailea Community Association

To help meet the health challenges during the pandemic, the Wailea Community Association has begun financially supporting the University of Hawaii Maui College Nursing Program in hopes of increasing health resources for their owners and the community at large.

Almost two years after the start of the pandemic, the association remains committed to helping nursing students become certified nurses, with contributions of more than $ 18,000 to the nursing program.

The Wailea Community Association (WCA) has covered all licensing expenses for UHMC nursing graduates in 2020 and 2021. Costs can go up to $ 450 per student, including fees for the national test. and the trip to O’ahu to spend it. WCA covered these costs for Maui’s new registered nurses and licensed practical nurses.

The WCA is also helping the 70 registered nursing students prepare for their NCLEX licensure exams by providing $ 494 per student to offset the increased cost of software that offers practice tests and simulations, private lessons, books and more to increase student test success.

This software allows UHMC nursing graduates to pass their board exams on the first try at a rate above the national average. Nursing students were already paying nearly $ 500 each semester for their share of the software when the company raised its prices.


UHMC Nursing Program Director Anne Scharnhorst said that with the recent dramatic increase in software prices, the program should have phased out the use of the software without WCA contributions to offset the increases.


“WCA donations have encouraged nursing students not only to complete their bachelor’s degree, but also to continue their education,” said Scharnhorst. “The influence of the WCA will be felt for years to come in Maui.”

Students have administered thousands of COVID vaccines and boosters at mass clinics, specialty community clinics, and the UHMC health clinic.

Bud Pikrone, CEO of the Wailea Community Association, said, “We have all learned how valuable this program and these students and graduates are to our Maui community.


Jocelyn Romero Demirbag, Director of Development, University of Hawaii, Maui Nui, said: “We have never experienced this kind of direct engagement with students before where they feel so cared for and supported. and where it has a direct financial impact on entire families. “

Nursing graduates said the financial support gave them more financial freedom to better balance work, school and personal life.

“I am truly touched by this contribution you have made to our community,” wrote Natasha Gronski, nursing student, WCA. “It makes me feel more connected to our Maui ‘ohana and inspires me to contribute in the best possible way, not only professionally, but also personally.”


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