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GETTING TO COLLEGE AND CROSSING THE FINISH LINE

Big Promise of Little Things

SCHOLARSHIPS CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE

Daniel Kimoto’s senior year in high school included all the usual stress: finals, college applications, graduation prep, and figuring out what he wanted to do next. But the one thing he didn’t Change Comes have to worry about was how he and From Everyone his family would pay for college. Daniel qualified for the HEI Scholars Program Fund at HCF, and because of his impressive leadership background, community “Instead of just helping during my first service, and academic achievements, he was year, my renewable awarded a renewable scholarship has helped me scholarship — giving and my family afford my him the financial entire college career.” security that as long as he did his part, the -DANIEL KIMOTO, money would be there. recipient of the HEI Scholars Program Fund at HCF

“This scholarship gave me the opportunity to choose a more academically rigorous school on the mainland,” Daniel says, “One that has helped me grow and mature as a student and a person.” Because the scholarship is renewable each year as long as the student stays in school full-time and maintains a 3.0 GPA, Daniel didn’t have to worry that the money would dry up before he could graduate. “Instead of

just helping during my first year, my renewable scholarship has helped me and my family afford my entire college career,” he says. Getting to college is just the first barrier facing students. Their biggest hurdle is finishing. Over 20% of students attending a 4-year school drop out after the first year, and it’s even worse at 2-year schools. When asked why, over 70% of these students report they just didn’t have enough financial assistance to get across the finish line. “At HCF, we’re committed to the education of our young people,” says Micah Ka- ne, CEO & President at HCF. “Not just getting them to college, but sticking with them throughout that journey — seeing them cross that finish line.” Scholarships are just one of the mechanisms HCF provides to improve and enhance educational opportunities for our communities’ next generation, and HCF is proud to award more than 1,200 scholarships every fall to young people across the state. “We partner and collaborate with HCF because they administer our program efficiently and effectively,” says Connie Lau, chair of

DID YOU KNOW:

Alan Oshima, Hawaiian Electric President & CEO and HEI Foundation President, and Connie Lau, HEI President & CEO and HEI Foundation Chair, with scholarship recipients including Daniel Kimoto (far right).

the HEI Charitable Foundation, and together, “We create an even better future for Hawai‘i.” Helping young people get through college and come back to make their community better — that’s the big promise of little things.

In 2016, HCF distributed $4.7 million in scholarships from the more than 200 scholarship funds administered by HCF — many of the fund established by foundations like HEI’s as well as individuals and families looking to leave Hawai‘i better through their generosity. To set up a scholarship fund, HawaiiCommunityFoundation.org/scholarships

Getting To College And Crossing The Finish Line  

Getting to college is just the first barrier facing students. Their biggest hurdle is finishing. Over 20% of students attending a 4-year sch...

Getting To College And Crossing The Finish Line  

Getting to college is just the first barrier facing students. Their biggest hurdle is finishing. Over 20% of students attending a 4-year sch...