Vanessa K. Hosaka has been awarded an Air Force ROTC scholarship to attend a host college or university. High school seniors from across the United States are selected after a competitive application process based on comprehensive tests scores, scholastic achievement, school officials’ evaluations, extra-curricular activities and community involvement.
The majority of scholarships cover full college tuition, provide a textbook allowance and pay most laboratory or incidental fees. The scholarship program also pays a $350 tax-free monthly allowance to each student during the academic year, which increases to $500 by his or her senior year. The value of a scholarship may exceed $100,000, depending on the student’s choice of school and the type of scholarship offered.
Upon graduating from college and completing the ROTC program, the cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Air Force. The new lieutenants select and enter various career fields to train as pilots, navigators, engineers, medical, personnel, business management fields and special operations.
Hosaka is the daughter of Richard and Colleen Hosaka of Valdosta, Ga. She is the granddaughter of Puleriano and Conchita Parinas of Roseville; Derek Hosaka of Kapaa, Hawaii; and Travis and Suzan Joslin of Bryson City, N.C.