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Here's something NEW, HFS is now offering scholarships to current college students! There are three (3) $2,500 scholarships available to help our HFS members continue their dreams of higher education.

Applications must be turned in to the Credit Union or postmarked by Thursday, April 30, 2020. Applications can be picked up at any one of our six branch locations or downloaded online.

Eligibility

Any current college student that meets the following requirements is eligible to apply:

  • Current HFS Federal Credit Union member with his/her own account in good standing prior to the application deadline
  • Currently a student at an accredited Vocational-Technical School, College or University and will be continuing education as a full-time student in a 2 year, 4 year or graduate program in 2020-2021
  • Financial Need
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher

Submission Requirements

  • Completed Application
  • Current Transcript
  • First page of Student Aid Report from FAFSA showing EFC (Estimated Family Contribution)
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (must include 1 non-academic, ex: employer, church leader, etc.)
  • Personal Statement (maximum two typewritten pages) addressing the following prompts:
    1. Why should you be a recipient of the HFS Federal Credit Union Scholarship?
    2. Describe your career and personal goals, what has inspired you to set these goals, and how you plan to achieve them.
    3. Choose any community service, extracurricular activity, or work experience that you have participated in and tell us how this has impacted your life.
    4. If applicable, describe any extenuating circumstances or barriers (personal or financial) to obtaining your goals.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact the Credit Union at (808) 930-1400 for more information.

Download an Application

Common Questions

  • Do I need to attend a Big Island college or university?
    • No. Applicants may attend any accredited Vocational-Technical School, College or University and should be continuing education as a full-time student in a 2 year, 4 year or graduate program in 2020-2021.
  • My parents have an HFS account. Does this count?
    • Applicants should have their own HFS FCU account where they are the primary member.
  • Can I open an account, then apply for the scholarship?
    • Yes! You are more than welcome to open an account as long as you qualify for membership. To qualify for the scholarship, you should open your account by April 30, 2020.

8 replies to “2020 College Scholarship Program

Lexi Dalmacio

Hello, Would it be possible to email the application to you folks? Especially under the current COVID situation, I think that this would be a better alternative. Please let me know! Mahalo.

Reply

Posted by: Ashley

Hi Lexi,

Yes, absolutely! you can email it to [email protected]. I’d also suggest sending us a separate email to confirm that we’ve received it. In the past we’ve had some problems if the attachments are too large.

Thanks!

Karen Ara

Aloha,

I was wondering do you need to receive our letters of recommendation by April 30th and would it be possible if they could be emailed to you as well?

Mahalo,
Karen A.

Reply

Posted by: Ashley

Aloha Karen,

Yes, letters of recommendation should be received by HFS no later than April 30th. You may have these emailed to [email protected].

Mahalo!

Marilu Mendoza

Hello, would unofficial transcripts be okay for this application? Or can I separately have my school mail in official transcripts?

Reply

Posted by: Ashley

Hi Marilu,

An unofficial transcript is fine as long as we can see your cumulative GPA. If it doesn’t have that, you’re welcome to have your school mail us a copy directly.

Mahalo!

Marilu Mendoza

Hello again. Would we need our letters of recommendation to be sent (via mail or email) in with the application as attachments or can they be sent separately?

Reply

Posted by: Ashley

Hi Marilu,

Letters of recommendation can be sent either way. You may include it with your application or have it come separately. We’ll also accept these via mail or email to either of these:

HFS FCU
Attn: Scholarship Committee
632 Kinoole Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

[email protected]

Mahalo!

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