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Scholarship applications now being accepted


A variety of scholarship opportunities are available for Big Island students and deadlines are fast approaching …

Hawaii Community Foundation

With the changing economic landscape, HCF has seen an increase in the number of those in Hawaii seeking scholarships, including nontraditional students who are juggling families and jobs as they pursue their educational goals.

We are witnessing a shift in the profile of today’s college students as 75 percent of them are balancing school with work and parenting responsibilities. Exacerbating the situation, financial aid for college students is decreasing as the cost of education is mounting.

The Hawaii Community Foundation recognizes the growing challenge of supporting students who are motivated to attain their degrees and achieve their career goals. HCF’s scholarship program consists of more than 190 different scholarship funds established by generous individuals, businesses, organizations, and private foundations.

All of them are dedicated to making sure that educational opportunities are available to Hawaii students who need and deserve them.

In 2013, the Foundation distributed $4 million to deserving students, making it the third largest private provider of post-secondary scholarships in the state. Many of the recipients are hoping to attend college or university, while some are pursuing career and technical education at a community college.

Partnering with HCF for your scholarship fund
At HCF, you can create a scholarship fund or support the HCF Community Scholarship Fund to help deserving Hawaii students succeed. Contributing to the Community Scholarship Fund helps students who are first in their families to attend college.

Establishing a new fund allows you to target the learners and fields of learning you want to support.

Students can apply to the scholarship program through a single, online application and, if eligible, be awarded from one or more of the funds housed at the Hawaii Community Foundation.

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Hawaii State Federal Credit Union

Hawaii State FCU has launched its 19th annual scholarship program.

Members and dependents of Hawaii State FCU attending a university, college or trade/vocational school can apply for a $2,000 scholarship. Fifteen scholarships will be given out based on financial need, academic merit and extra-curricular activities.

Since 1996, the Hawaii State FCU scholarship program has awarded more than $449,000 to help members pursue a higher education.

Applicants must submit an application form, along with most recent official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a personal essay, student aid report, and a list of personal achievements and community service participation.

Applications can be downloaded at or picked up at any Hawaii State FCU branch location. For branch locations, visit

Completed application packets can be hand-delivered to the Hawaii State FCU main branch (560 Halekauwila St. Honolulu, HI 96813) or mailed to (Hawaii State FCU, Attn: Marketing, P.O. Box 3072, Honolulu, HI 96802).

Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2014.

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Zonta Club of Hilo

The Zonta Club of Hilo provides three scholarships, nursing, math/science and the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business along with the Young Women In Public Affairs Award.

All applications for the 2014 scholarships and Young Women In Public Affairs are now available from the Zonta of Hilo on the website.

The deadline for Nursing, Math & Science Scholarships and Young Women In Public Affairs Award is March 1, 2014, the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business scholarship is due April 1, 2014.

Nursing student applicants must be accepted into the nursing program at Hawaii Community College and University of Hawaii at Hilo. Math & Science scholarship is available to under- graduates and graduate students at University of Hawaii at Hilo.

The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business scholarship is available to students attending any accredited college or university.

The goal of the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Program is to encourage more young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women. Applicants are asked to reflect on their voluntary commitment to their school and to their community and the problems limiting the advancement of the status of women in their own country and worldwide.

The Zonta International Young Advancing the Status of Women Worldwide Women in Public Affairs program looks to the young women of today for the leaders of tomorrow.

Applications are due to: The Zonta Club of Hilo by March 1, 2014. Applicants of age 16-19, studying and living on Hawaii Island at the time of application are eligible to apply.

Membership is available to executives and professionals committed to advancing the status of women through service and advocacy.

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