Highlights of the Program
Welcoming: Welcomed at the Hilo International Airport by UH Hilo staff and students and transported to the campus.
Community-building: Lived on campus with other new Pacific Islanders for the entire length of the bridge program.
Orientation: Got an early start on orientation to the academics, resources, and culture of UH Hilo
Supportive: Faculty, staff, and students involvement in supporting participants on their journey.
Fun: The program included a variety of fun activities including picnic, BBQ, sports, etc.
Resources: Workshops that familiarized students with a variety of campus resources including student support services, financial aid, tutoring, advising, student activities
Tours: Campus tours to know the UH Hilo campus, the town of Hilo, and the broader island community
Academic Advising: One-on-one advising and assistance with class selection and registration
University 101: Guaranteed registration into the First Year Experience course called University 101
Shopping: Opportunities to go to the shopping mall to purchase needed supplies
Employment: Assistance in seeking employment, volunteer opportunities, study groups, tutoring on campus or paid internships both on and off campus
Assessment: Assistance with English and Math assessment to determine placement in appropriate classes
Financial Aid: Assistance in applying for financial aid
Banking: Assistance with opening a local bank account
Assistance with applying for the Hawaii State Identification Card and UH Hilo student identification
Social Security Card: Assistance with applying for a U.S. Social Security card which you will need for employment
Stipend: Earned $300 for successfully participating in and completing the program
Meals: Food provided during the residential portion of the program.
Housing: Participants live at the same residence hall (dorms) during the program.