2023 HFS Scholarship Program

Applications are now available for the 2023 HFS FCU Scholarship Program. This year, a total of $37,500 will be awarded to each scholarship worth $2,500.  Ten (10) scholarships are for graduating Big Island high school seniors and five (5) scholarships are for current college students.


  • Current HFS Federal Credit Union member with his/her own account in good standing prior to the application deadline.
  • Current Big Island High School Senior or a current college student (not limited to a Big Island college or university).
  • Will attend an accredited Vocational-Technical School, College, or University full-time in a 2 or 4-year program in 2023-2024 (12+ credits).
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative G.P.A.
  • Financial Need

Applications are available exclusively online at https://hfsfcu.awardspring.com/. Completed applications must be submitted by Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (808) 930-1400 or email [email protected]

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Scholarship Program for High School Students

Scholarship Recipients

2022 Recipients

We are excited to announce the college 2022 HFS FCU Scholarship recipients.

Congratulations to our 3 winners and we wish you the best of luck as you embark on your next adventure!

  • Amy Durham
  • Shayla Sayphone
  • Jobe Leialoha

Check out our 2022 High School Scholarship Recipients!

2022 College Scholarship Recipients

2021 Recipients

The number of excellent applications we received this year was astounding, and made it very difficult for our scholarship committee to choose. After much deliberation, we are excited to announce the college 2021 HFS FCU Scholarship recipients.

Congratulations to our 3 winners and we wish you the best of luck as you embark on your next adventure!

  • Jairus Iwasaki
  • Leilani Penaloza
  • Elimar Valencia Utrera

Check out our 2021 High School Scholarship Recipients!

(From left to right: Jairus Iwasaki, Leilani Penaloza, and Elimar Valencia Utrera)

2020 Recipients

In 2020, we began a new phase in our popular scholarship program. We are thrilled to announce our first 3 winners of the HFS College Scholarship. This new and exciting program has been built based on member-demand; specifically, to help reward deserving current college students.

Congratulations to our 3 winners and we can’t wait to see the great things you will accomplish!

  • Kayley Oliveira
  • Kiaria Nakamura
  • Silas Pelkey


12 replies to “HFS FCU College Scholarship Program

Lei Silva

Do I, the applicant, have to submit my 2 recommenders’ letters with my application or can I have them send it to a HFSFCU branch separately?


Posted by: Jesica

Aloha Lei – the recommendation letters can be sent separately to HFS FCU if that is easier. Please just have the sender make sure to send it Attention: Scholarship Committee and to include your name in the letter so we know what application to match it with.

Stay tuned for the scholarship applications, which will be available early 2021! Mahalo


Does the transcript need to be an official transcript?


Posted by: Jesica

Aloha Devin, an official transcript is preferred, but not required. We do ask, however, that it is a current transcript. Mahalo!


Can the letter of recommendation be emailed?


Posted by: Jesica

Hi Shayla,

Yes absolutely, please email the recommendation letter to [email protected].


Are we required to have two Letters of Recommendation or are we able to have just one?


Posted by: Jesica

Aloha Jeanine,
We do require two letters of recommendation for the application. They can be academic or non-academic references. Please let us know if you have any additional questions. Thank you!

AriaMarie Tyau

Having trouble uploading my Student Aid Report. Any tips or instructions on how to do it? How do you only get the first page? I have the full report…. I understand I only need the first page, how do I upload that? Thank you! 🙂


Posted by: Jesica

Aloha AriaMarie! There’s a couple different things you could try: 1. You could take a photo, or screenshot, of that first page showing your EFC and upload that. 2. You could print and scan in just the first page, and upload that file 3. Save the SAR as a PDF and extract the first page as a separate document. Hopefully one of these will work for you, but feel free to reach out to us directly at [email protected] if you aren’t able to figure out an option that works. Mahalo!

Ariamarie Tyau

When do the scholarship winners usually get announced?


Posted by: Jesica

Hi Ariamarie! Scholarship applicants will receive communication from us in April regarding the status of their application. Winners will be announced publicly in July. Mahalo!

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