By Diane Ako
The cost of a college degree has more than doubled in the past ten years and it continues to climb. As a result there is an increase in applications for scholarships and other financial aid.
Last year, Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) awarded more than $4 million in scholarships to 1,400 students across the state, making it the third largest scholarship provider in Hawai‘i. By completing one online application, available now, students are matched to multiple scholarship opportunities and may be eligible to receive more than one award.
“We are extremely grateful to the generous individuals, families and businesses who are committed to helping Hawai‘i’s students achieve their dream of a higher education,” said Eric La`a, scholarship officer at Hawai‘i Community Foundation. “Each new scholarship fund we create is cause for celebration because the applicants always outnumber the funds available.”
Each student who applies for a scholarship has a unique story. Kristen Gilchrist, scholarship recipient from Maui, met her scholarship donor, Paul Mancini, at an HCF scholarship event earlier this year. “It’s total strangers like Paul who helped me to believe in myself. This gift reminds me that I’m not the girl who had to overcome issues of self-confident, I’m the girl who can achieve her dreams of becoming a surgeon.”
The application period for HCF scholarships is open now. The deadline for all applications is February 19, 2015.at hawaiicommunityfoundation.org.
HCF offers an “Early Application Deadline” on January 30, 2015. HCF will review the application to ensure that all required supplementary materials have been properly submitted. Students who do not have all the materials completed will have an opportunity to revise their applications and re-submit before the final deadline, increasing their chances of receiving a scholarship.
Noteable HCF Scholarship Dates:
January 16, 2015 3-4:30pm HST Live Twitter Q&A #askHCF
January 30, 2015 Early application deadline: students can submit application for early review and then revise.
February 19, 2015 Final Scholarship application deadline
For any questions regarding the application process, students may call or email the Foundation’s scholarships department at (808) 566-5570 and email@example.com. HCF will also host a Live Tweet Q&A session on Twitter, using the hashtag #askHCF and will make the content available after the event on the HCF Facebook Page, facebook.com/HCFscholarships.