HGEA Union Strong Scholarship

Apply Now: HGEA Union Strong Scholarship

A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to two students who graduated from a high school in the state of Hawaii and plan to pursue post-high school study on a full-time basis at a university, college, community college, vocational or trade school. Enrollment in the fall 2024 semester is required to be eligible. 

The following criteria will be used to determine the scholarship awards:

  • An essay of not more than 1,000 words as to the importance of labor unions like HGEA in Hawaii. This may be written from a personal point of view or from a historical perspective. Please include the following in your essay: 
    • Any HGEA activities that you or your family members participated in. 
    • The importance of member involvement for HGEA.
    • What could happen to public employees without union representation.  
  • A cover letter with relevant information: name, address, phone number, email address and what type of school you plan to attend or are attending.
  • Include the full name of a parent or guardian who is an HGEA included bargaining unit member in good standing.*

All submissions must be received or postmarked by Friday, July 12, 2024.

Applications may be sent by email to waki@hgea.org or by mail to HGEA Union Strong Scholarship, Attention Wes Aki, 888 Mililani St., Suite 401, Honolulu, HI, 96813.

Please direct all questions to Ms. Wes Aki at (808) 543-0088. A decision will be made by Tuesday, July 30, 2024 and winners will be notified shortly thereafter.

*Applicants must be a member or dependent, for tax purposes, of an HGEA included bargaining unit member who has been in good standing for at least one year prior to July 12, 2024.

Those who have been awarded the 2024-25 Charles R. Kendall or Russell K. Okata Scholarship are not eligible for the HGEA Union Strong Scholarship.