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In 1966, HGEA established the Charles R. Kendall Scholarship and Education Fund to honor the late Charles R. Kendall, who dedicated his life to the improvement of public employees throughout the state of Hawaii. HGEA continues his efforts by providing educational benefits to members and their immediate families. So far, HGEA has given more than 2,000 awards to deserving individuals.

For more information about available scholarship opportunities, click here to visit our scholarship website or contact your local HGEA office.

Charles R. Kendall Scholarship

Eligibility: Awards are available to members and their dependents who are attending or plan to attend a college or university on a full-time basis. Member must be in good standing for at least one year.

Criteria: 1) Financial need, 2) Academic ability, 3) Personal letter, 4) Recommendations

Applications for the 2014-15 scholarship are now available. Click here to go to the online application or to download a printed application. Applications are due on Friday, January 17, 2014.

Russell K. Okata Scholarship

A small town boy from Pepeekeo on the island of Hawaii, Russell K. Okata grew up to lead the largest union in Hawaii and serve as HGEA's executive director for 26 years. During his tenure HGEA became a "full-service" union, offering members an array of benefits, including support for HGEA members and their dependents to continue their education through the Charles R. Kendall Scholarship and Education Fund. To carry on his effort, HGEA now offers the Russell K. Okata Scholarship.

Eligibility: Awards are available to members and their dependents who are attending or plan to attend a community college or vocational, trade or other post-high school study on a full-time basis. Member must be in good standing for at least one year.

Criteria: 1) Financial need, 2) Academic ability, 3) Personal letter, 4) Recommendations

Applications for the 2014-15 scholarship are now available. Click here to go to the online application or to download a printed application. Applications are due on Friday, January 17, 2014.

Application process: The application for the Russell K. Okata Scholarship is the same as the Charles R. Kendall Scholarship. To be considered for the Russell K. Okata Scholarship, you must fill in the checkbox next to “I plan to attend one of the following: community college, vocational or trade school or other post-high school study. If other, please specify:” on the first page of the application, under the APPLICANT section.

HGEA Member Awards

Eligibility: Awards are available to members who have been in good standing for at least one year. Members can receive up to two awards. (You are not eligible if you are currently receiving the AFSCME Family Scholarship or the Charles R. Kendall Scholarship.)

Criteria: Education classes/seminars shall be job-related or occupational development courses on less than a full-time basis.

Deadlines: Applications are available year-round. Subject to available funding.

Application process: After you have successfully completed the course, submit completed application with all required documents attached. Click here to download application form containing complete details.

Award amount: Each award is not to exceed $200.

AFSCME Family Scholarship

Eligibility: Awards are available for graduating high school seniors whose parent/legal guardian is an AFSCME member. They must be enrolled in a full-time degree program at an accredited four-year institution (or a two-year institution that will transfer credits to a four-year institution) and have taken the SAT or ACT.

Criteria: The Scholarship Selection Committee will examine the application form, essay, transcript, ACT or SAT results, as well as consider any recommendations or other evidence of the applicant’s character and abilities. For complete details, see application form.

Deadlines: Applications are available in August. Deadline is December 31 (must be postmarked by date). Winners will be announced by March 31.

Application process: Applications can be downloaded from www.afscme.org or can be requested via email (education@afscme.org). 

Award amount: $2,000 scholarship – will be renewed each year for a maximum of four years, provided the student remains enrolled in a full-time degree program at an accredited institution. Scholarship may be used for any field of study.

Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Any student in his/her sophomore year of study who is enrolled in a full-time four-year degree program in any accredited college or university, and whose parent, legal guardian, or financially responsible grandparent is an AFSCME member and who meets the following requirements is eligible to apply for the scholarship:

A. The student must have a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or above.

B. The student must be a social science (i.e., political science, sociology, ethnic studies, communications, etc.) major at an accredited college or university.

Deadlines: All students who apply by the deadline – April 30 of each year – and who meet the minimum requirements stated above will be eligible for the scholarship. The Scholarship Selection Committee will thoroughly examine all applications. The announcement of the winner will be made by August 1.

Application process: Applications can be downloaded from www.afscme.org or can be requested via email (education@afscme.org). 

Award amount: Under the program, one scholarship in the amount of $5,000 will be awarded annually to two students majoring in the social sciences for his/her junior and senior years of study. The chosen students will also be given the opportunity to intern at the International Union headquarters in the Political Action department during the summer between his/her junior and senior year or for one semester during his/her junior or senior year. Once awarded, the scholarship will be renewed for the senior year of study, provided the students remain enrolled in a full-time course of study as a social science major.

How can I contribute?

The Charles R. Kendall Scholarship and Education Fund needs your support! Your contribution will make a difference in the lives of fellow members and their families. Please help us continue to make these invaluable educational opportunities possible!

To make a donation, make your check payable to “C.R. Kendall Scholarship Fund” and mail it to:

HGEA - Kendall Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 2930
Honolulu, HI 96802-2930

(Your donation is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution. Please consult your tax preparer.)

 
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