Hawai‘i Community Foundation announces scholarship deadline

HONOLULU — Members of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF), announced earlier this week, the deadline to apply for postsecondary-school scholarships that are available from more than 100 scholarship funds at the HCF.

March 1 is this year’s deadline.

Last year, HCF awarded $3 million to 1,500 students to attend college in Hawai‘i and on the mainland.

“Our scholarship program is made up of funds established by generous individuals, businesses, private foundations and organizations,” said HCF Senior Scholarship Officer Judy Oliveira in a press release sent out this past Tuesday.

“Not only do they help students achieve their educational endeavors, but they also help to encourage the pursuit of lifelong learning,” she said.

Each scholarship fund has specific eligibility criteria defined by the donor who created it. HCF offers scholarships in several categories, from scholarships targeted to specific areas of study, to awards given to students who are members of specific organizations.

The following criteria apply to most, but not all, HCF scholarship applicants: – Be a Hawai‘i resident – Demonstrate financial need – Plan to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university as either an undergraduate or graduate student – Be a full-time student – Demonstrate academic achievement – Exhibit good moral character Students applying for HCF scholarships should keep in mind that even if they don’t meet one or more of the listed criteria, they still might qualify for a scholarship offered through HCF.

Applying for a scholarship through HCF is as easy as submitting one application online. That one application makes the student a candidate to receive a scholarship from any of the more than 100 HCF scholarship funds.

To apply online, visit www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org by March 1. Although HCF encourages scholarship seekers to apply online, students may request a copy of HCF’s 2005-2006 “Scholarship Seeker’s Guide” by calling 566-5570.

Established in 1916, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation is a statewide, charitable services and grantmaking institution endowed with contributions from many donors. HCF also serves as a resource on philanthropy, and community issues and trends.

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