Students can complete one online application for more than 200 scholarship opportunities

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 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 completeing one online application, available beginning December 1, 2014, 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-confidence…I’m the girl who can acheive her dreams of becoming a surgeon.”

The application period for HCF scholarships began December 1, 2014.  The deadline for all applications is February 19, 2015.at hawaiicommunityfoundation.org.

An “Early Application Deadline” on January 30, 2015, will once again be offered.    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:


December 1, 2014 Application period opened


December 19, 2014, 3-4:30pm HST Live Twitter Q&A #askHCF


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 protected]. HCF will also host two Live Tweet Q&A sessions on Twitter, using the hashtag #askHCF and will make the content available after the event on the HCF Facebook Page, facebook.com/HCFscholarships.


About the Hawai`i Community Foundation

With 98 years of community service, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) is the leading

philanthropic institution in the state. HCF is a steward of more than 650 funds, including more than 190 scholarship funds, created by donors who desire to transform lives and improve communities. In 2013, $43 million in grants and contracts were distributed statewide, including $4 million in scholarships. HCF also serves as a resource on community issues and trends in the nonprofit sector. For more information visit hawaiicommunityfoundation.org.