Charles R. Kendall Scholarship

In 1966, HGEA established the Charles R. Kendall Scholarship and Education Fund to honor the late Charles R. Kendall, HGEA's first Executive Director, 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.


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

Instructions and Criteria:

The following criteria and maximum points for each criterion will be used in making final selections for scholarships. Total maximum points is 100. Applicants will be ranked and recommended for scholarships by the numerical composite score.

    • Charles R. Kendall Scholarship & Education Fund Application
    • Financial Need (30 points)
      • Complete the Financial Statement
        • You must provide complete information
        • If a space is left blank or indicated "not applicable," you must explain why
        • You may attach a narrative to further explain your financial condition
    • Academic Achievement (40 points)
      • Official high school and/or college transcripts should be mailed directly to HGEA and be received or postmarked by the deadline
      • If you are a first-year college student, please submit your high school transcript in addition to submitting your college transcript
      • If you are unable to provide official transcripts due to financial circumstances, please provide a copy and an official transcript may be submitted if your application is selected
    • Personal Letter (20 points)
      • Compose a personal letter including:
        • What HGEA has meant to you and/or your family
        • How you and/or your family have been involved with HGEA
        • Why you are seeking a scholarship
        • What extracurricular activities you have been involved in and why
      • You must also include a list of HGEA activities, including the year participated, in which you or your parent(s) have been involved
      • There is no minimum or maximum requirement on the length of the personal letter
      • Upload personal letter to HGEA website during application process
    • Recommendations (10 points)
      • Submit the names and contact information for a minimum of three recommenders. Each recommender will receive an email with a recommendation form pre-populated with your application information. They will then fill out and submit their recommendation electronically.
      • Current or past coaches, employers, teachers, or professors may write the recommendations. All others will not be accepted.
      • All forms are due by January 16, 2024.
    • Photo
      • A headshot photo (high resolution JPEG or TIF digital file) is required.
      • Upload to HGEA website during application process
      • Photos will not be returned and only used if the applicant is selected

Personal letter and recommendation letters will become the property of HGEA and C.R. Kendall Scholarship & Education Fund once submitted and will not be returned.