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This scholarship began in November 2008 as a gift to our father to celebrate his 60th birthday.  The experience has brought about some awareness to the needs of our community.  We hope that our humble beginnings will flourish into a program that will help more of our young Samoan and Pacific Island college students complete their education and become productive citizens in their communities.

Liuvao Hugo Toughey

College:  University of Arizona

Field of Interest:  Rehabilitation Services

Location / Home:  Orange County, CA


Liuvao Hugo James Toughey is the youngest child of Philip (Irish) & Josephine Slade-Toughey (Samoan).  As a student-athlete at Aliso Niguel HS, he ran track for 2 years, played 4 years of football (3 years Varsity) and 3 years of high school rugby.  He's also played club rugby since the age of 7 and will continued to play at the University of Arizona. Liuvao will continue to fuel his passion for rugby by obtaining his referee credentials in order to work with youth and educate them about the sport.

After college, he wishes to pursue a career in Sports and plans to complete his credentials to become an Athletic trainer.

He enjoys travelling, the beach, snowboarding and values time spent with family and friends.

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