Hawai’i Community Foundation Offers Students Over $4 Million in Scholarships

Starting Monday, Dec. 2, Hawai’i Community Foundation (HCF) will begin accepting online scholarship applications from Hawai’i students seeking financial assistance to fund their higher education. With more than 180 scholarship opportunities and $4 million in scholarships available, Hawai’i Community Foundation is the third largest private scholarship provider in the state. HCF has provided scholarships to students to achieve higher education for over 30 years, with individuals receiving an average scholarship reward of $2,200 in 2013.

HCF Scholarships“For over 30 years, Hawai’i Community Foundation has been proud to provide students with opportunities to pursue a college education through scholarships made possible by our generous donors,” said Amy Luersen, director of philanthropic services at HCF. “As costs associated with college tuition and expenses continue to be top of mind, we hope that parents and students will take advantage of this opportunity to alleviate some of those financial pressures.”

Students can apply for scholarships at www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/scholarships. In addition to the application, students will be required to submit supporting documents, including: a full Student Aid Report (SAR) generated when completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), grade transcript, and personal statement. Approximately 60 – 90 minutes should be allotted to complete the application and upload the required documents.

This year, students who submit their online application by Jan. 31, 2014, will have their applications reviewed by HCF’s scholarship team, who will verify if the SAR and transcript are acceptable. The team will notify the applicant of missing or incorrect documents so that they are able to resubmit their application for consideration by the final deadline to apply for scholarships – Feb. 20, 2014.

HCF’s scholarship program consists of more than 180 different scholarship opportunities established by generous individuals, families, businesses and organizations to assist Hawai’i’s residents in obtaining a college education. HCF also provides contract services to private foundations and organizations to administer its scholarships. Students apply online with one common application and, if eligible, can be awarded from one or more of these funds.

To submit an online application, search for a scholarship, or learn how to start a scholarship fund, please visit www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/scholarships.


UH Hilo Announces Year-End Award Recipients

A student, staff, and faculty members were honored at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo 2013 Awards and Recognition Celebration held recently on campus.


Xietan Kawai Anuhea Dutro, a student fiscal/administrative assistant at Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikōlani (KHUOK) College of Hawaiian Language, was honored as Student Employee of the Year. Dutro has worked at the College since 2008 and is an integral part of its preparation and planning for events and activities as well as being the College’s representative on the Merrie Monarch Parade committee.

The Outstanding University Support Employee Award was presented to Shana Kaneshiro whose work as an office assistant in the Financial Aid Office positively affects the 8,200 students applying for financial aid each year. Kaneshiro redesigned all the FAO forms that can now be done online, and each year volunteers for the College Goal Sunday events in Hilo and Kona that help up to 400 students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). She has served as president of the UH clerical support group Nā Laulima, and has been the campus clerical representative on the UH Hilo Chancellor’s Professional Development Committee since 2011.

College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) Program Coordinator Corinne Tamashiro, who began working for the College as a student in 1971, received the Professional Staff Award. A former Interim and Acting Dean, Tamashiro played a significant role in planning and establishing the North Hawai’i Education and Research Center (NHERC) in Honoka`a, and single handedly built UH Hilo’s summer session program into what it is today.

This year’s Taniguchi Excellence & Innovation Award went to Dr. Philippe Binder, professor of physics, and Dr. Ramon Figueroa-Centeno, associate professor of mathematics. Binder and Figueroa-Centeno were recognized for their work on three-dimensional visualization of complex mathematical objects in `Imiloa’s 16-meter state-of-the-art stereoscopic planetarium. Their work offers significant advances in the presentation of complex mathematical data sets, which allow data to be manipulated so that it can be better understood and become a powerful tool in physics and mathematics courses. The first of its kind to be presented in a planetarium environment, the data has been presented at a national level visualization conference and used in university classes.

The event also recognized retirees and employees receiving various years of service awards.

Hawai’i Community Foundation Invites Students to Apply for $4.5 Million in College Scholarships

Hawai’i students seeking financial assistance to fund their college or vocational education can apply using Hawai’i Community Foundation’s new online application process. Applicants simply need to complete an online application at www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/scholarshipsbetween December 1, 2011 and February 17, 2012. As the third largest private scholarship provider in the state, the organization distributes $4.5 million in scholarships to students each year, with individuals receiving an average scholarship award of $2,054.

“Our new online system will make it easy for deserving students to be considered for multiple scholarship opportunities without filling out dozens of different forms,” said Ronnie Hee, scholarships officer at the Hawai’i Community Foundation. “We are committed to helping young people in Hawai’i achieve higher education and succeed in life through connecting them to scholarships sponsored by our generous donors.”

The Hawai’i Community Foundation’s online Student Profile takes approximately 60 – 90 minutes to fill out and upload the required documents to the application. Supporting documents include: A full Student Aid Report (SAR) generated when completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), official grade transcript, and personal statement. Students can determine if additional information, such as letters of recommendation or essays, may be required by using the scholarship search function to view specific opportunities.

The Hawai’i Community Foundation scholarship program consists of over 160 different scholarship funds established by generous individuals, families, businesses or organizations to assist Hawai’i’s residents in obtaining a college education.

To submit an online application, search for a scholarship or find more information, please visit www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/scholarships.