Scholarship Winners

BIRMA awards annual scholarships to Hawaii Island high school seniors who are relatives of a retired, active duty, reserve, or National Guard member of the armed forces of the United States of America, forces of the United States of America;  are a current active member or veteran of any U.S. armed service, guard or reserve; or to those who have completed at least two years in a JROTC or Civil Air Patrol program at the time of application.
Applicants must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 grading system.

For more information on this scholarship, contact your High School Counselor, JROTC Military Science instructor, or Civil Air Patrol Commander. You can also check our website at biretiredmilitary.org for an application and information on how to apply.

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2018

Mingxia Hawkins with parents, grandparents and BIRMA member to her left

The Big Island Retired Military Association presented its 2018 BIRMA-Mark Allen Traxler Memorial $2,000 scholarship award to Mingxia Hawkins, a Kealakehe High School graduate and one of 18 applicants for this year’s honor. At Kealakehe, she amassed a 4.0 plus GPA and was active in many school and extracurricular activities. Mingxia is now attending University of Hawaii-Hilo, planning to pursue a career in secondary education.

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Our 2017 scholarship winner is Israel Rodríguez-Herring, a graduate of St. Joseph School in Hilo. We congratulate him for his outstanding scholastic and community achievements. He was  presented an award certificate at the August 26 BIRMA meeting in Kailua-Kona. Pictured below: Israel’s mother Kathy,  Israel, Al Lamke, BIRMA President, and Angel, father.

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Israel’s father is a retired U.S. Marine.  Israel will attend Hawaii Community College this Fall. He plans to pursue a career in government.

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We have awarded our 2016 Scholarship to Dyllon Ching.  He is a recent graduate of Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Kamuela.  The presentation was made on June 25, 2016 at a restaurant in Kamuela.  Pictured are Dyllon, his sister Maygan and mother Lori.

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Dyllon will be attending Rocky Mountain College in Montana in the fall of 2016.  He plans to study Aviation Management.  After graduation he will join the United States Coast Guard for which this award holds great merit.  Big Island Retired Military wishes him great success in his future endeavors.

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Our 2015 scholarship winner Amy McBride of Kea’au.

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Amy was presented her award along with the parents of the late Mark Allen Traxler for whom the Scholarship is named. Harriet Owens presented the award.

The Big Island Retired Military Association presented the 2015-16 BIRMA-Mark Allen Traxler Memorial scholarship certificate of $2,000 to Amy McBride, Kea’au, at the BIRMA August 2015 meeting. The award is in memory of Mark Traxler, son of James and Carol Traxler of Kailua-Kona.

Amy graduated from Kea’au High school and has been accepted at University of Hawai’i-Hawai’i Community College where she will attend as a Nursing major. She was granted the BIRMA scholarship based on her high grade point average, outstanding school leadership and community record. Amy McBride was the Valedictorian of her graduating class. She was an active participant in Kea’au High School Paddling (as Team Captain), Keaukaha Canoe Club throughout her High School attendance, and received a Certificate of Appreciation for Make a Difference Day in 2014. Her father David McBride accompanied her to our BIRMA lunch/meeting. Amy would like to become a pediatric nurse.

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We have recently awarded our 2014 Scholarship winner at our June 2014 meeting.

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BIRMA President George Hickey presenting $1,000 scholarship certificate to 2014 winner Reid Daugherty

This appeared in the Hawaii Tribune Herald newspaper on July 24, 2014.

Konawaena Graduate Earns BIRMA Scholarship

The Big Island Retired Military Association presented the 2014 BIRMA-Mark Allen Traxler Memorial scholarship certificate and a $1,000 check to Reid K. Daugherty at the BIRMA June meeting.
The award is in memory of Mark Traxler, son of James and Carol Traxler of Kailua-Kona.

Reid recently graduated from Konawaena High School and has been accepted at University of Hawaii at Manoa where he will major in Meteorology. He was granted the BIRMA scholarship based on his high grade-point average, outstanding school leadership and community record.

Reid, an Eagle Scout and member of the track and field team, is a cadet lt. colonel/flight commander in the Civil Air Patrol and Battalion Adjutant/S1 in the Junior Army Reserve Officer Training Corps.

For more information on this program, contact your high school counselor or contact Harriet Owens at (808) 968-7020.

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This is the announcement for our 2013 winner as was published in newspaper.  No picture available.

Norm Stahl, representing the Big Island Retired Military Association, presented the 2013 BIRMA-Mark Allen Traxler Memorial scholarship certificate and a $1,000 check to Orion Schlegelmilch at an award ceremony May 17 at St Joseph’s High School in Hilo.

The award is in memory of Mark Traxler, son of James and Carol Traxler of Kailua-Kona.

Schlegelmilch participated in the Waiakea NJROTC program while at St. Joseph’s. He will attend Seattle University this fall where he intends to major in psychology. His father, Capt. Charles Schlegelmilch and mother, Lt. Cmdr. Annette Schlegelmilch, are both retired from the Navy.

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Our 2012 winner was posted July 26, 2012 in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald

BIRMA 2012 Scholarship Winner

Student Wins Scholarship

This year’s winner of the Big Island Retired Military Association’s $1,000 BIRMA-Mark Allen Traxler Memorial Scholarship was recently presented to Chelsie Kualii.

Kualii is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii and will enter the University of Hawaii at Manoa this summer.