I know it's a very busy time for all of you, but I wanted to share my excitement for one of the most exciting times of the academic year (aside from the start of a new school year and commencement)--SCHOLARSHIP SEASON! All of you, I repeat, ALL OF YOU, should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by going to www.fafsa.gov to see what kind of financial aid you are eligible for. In addition, I encourage all of you to apply for private scholarships, like those being offered by the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF).
There has been huge increase in the number of people in Hawaii seeking scholarships, including nontraditional students who are juggling families and jobs as they pursue their educational goals. About 75% of today's college students are balancing school with work and parenting responsibilities. To make matters even more difficult, financial aid for college students is decreasing as the cost of education continues to increase. The Hawaii Community Foundation recognizes the growing challenge of supporting students who are motivated to attain their degrees and achieve their career goals. HCF's scholarship program consists of over 190 different scholarship funds established by generous individuals, businesses, organizations, and private foundations. All of them are dedicated to making sure that educational opportunities are available to Hawaii students who need and deserve them. In 2013, the Foundation distributed $4 million to deserving students, making it the third largest private provider of post-secondary scholarships in the state. Many of the recipients are hoping to attend college or university, while some are pursuing career and technical education at a community college. For more information visit their website:
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