17 Sep Noelle Oyama is the 2019 FMPR Kaua`i Scholar
Fujita & Miura Public Relations (FMPR) announced that Noelle Oyama of Lawa`i has been named the 2019 FMPR Kaua`i Scholar and received a $1,000 college scholarship.
Oyama graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kaua`i High School with a 3.9 grade point average. She will be attending Seattle University pursuing a double major in communications and media and digital design and a minor in Japanese.
“Noelle has a gentle spirit and smart strength that will take her far,” says Joy Miura Koerte, partner with FMPR. “We’re looking forward to seeing how her creativity and skills serve others.”
Says Oyama, “I want to give back to the community that allowed me to grow and discover my passions. Being close with my community and understanding different people’s wants and needs will allow me to create better strategies and designs to help promote and inspire others in the future.”
Oyama participated in Key Club, Japanese Club, taiko drumming, and the National Honor Society. She earned numerous distinctions including being an Olelo Award Finalist for a video on forest protection; an honorable mention for the Pele Advertising Awards; and a published video promoting a Kaua`i business on the PBS Student Network. She is a Silver Key Club Member, having served over 100 hours this year, and created an outstanding club newsletter based on her content and graphic design.
“This year, I took an Arts and Communication Capstone class. I decided to create a zine, a magazine, on food trucks. I was able to promote local businesses, work on my digital artistic skills, and communicate with my community. Because of this opportunity, I now have my heart set on helping other communities and local businesses with branding and marketing,” adds Oyama.
“Noelle hails from an entrepreneurial family so she knows the challenges that small, family businesses face in this world and she’s determined to help them succeed. We’re proud to have her join the ranks of our scholars,” says Jenny Fujita, FMPR partner.
FMPR Scholars are chosen based on several key criteria: they are Kaua`i or Pennsylvania residents and students who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees, preferably in communications or public relations; are interested in owning or working for a small business and/or home-based business; engaged in entrepreneurial activities; intend to come home to and pursue their livelihoods in their local communities after undergraduate or graduate school; are engaged in community service and wish to advance their local community after college; have proven intellectual and academic achievements; show integrity of character and an interest in helping others; and have the ability to lead and the motivation to use their talents to the fullest.
Fujita & Miura Public Relations is a full service communications consulting firm located on Kaua`i, Hawai`i and in the Greater Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Since 2000, FMPR has been providing strategic advice and services to businesses and nonprofit organizations to help them achieve their goals.