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Grants for Teachers

Investing in Education Grant Program logo.

At Hawaii State FCU, we recognize and appreciate everything our local public school teachers do for our kids and the community. That’s why we started the Investing in Education Grant to help teachers pay for supplies, books, furniture, electronics and other classroom needs.

Our 2017 Investing in Education Grant application period is now closed and recipients will be announced soon.
Applications for 2018 will open early September.

For more information, contact Jennifer Russo at [email protected] or (808) 447-7044.

Congratulations to the 2016 Recipients

Christine Marsh
Kihei Charter School

Christine Putzulu
Daniel K. Inouye Elementary

Christopher Rhoades
Kaala Elementary

Clint Gima
Maui High

Corey Yasuda
Kaleiopuu Elementary

Courtney Yamashiro
Ewa Beach Elementary

Dayna Hironaka
Kahaluu Elementary

Deanna Choy
Waianae Elementary

Denalee Choy
Noelani Elementary

Glenn S. B. Lee
Waialua High & Intermediate

Grace Ramos
Lehua Elementary

Haley van Weeman van Noord
Lahaina Intermediate

Garrett Hatakenaka
Kaiser High

Irene Leger
Kahuku High & Intermediate

Janice Nii
Lanakila Elementary

Jayme Kuwata
Lanakila Elementary

Jennifer Kozuma
Koko Head Elementary

Jodi Furuya
Mililani Ike Elementary

Julie Ajifu
Lanakila Elementary

Kehaulani Deboma
Nanakuli High & Intermediate

Kelley Toor
Kapalama Elementary

Kelly Sakai
Nuuanu Elementary

Kris Kositwongsakul
Waialua High & Intermediate

Laurie Faure
Kuhio Elementary

Laurie Taguchi
Noelani Elementary Lawrence Denis III
Waikoloa Elementary & Middle

Liane Ibara
Palolo Elementary

Lisa Kiakona
Koko Head Elementary

Lisja Doucette
Kihei Elementary

Marsha Miyata
Kawananakoa Middle

Melissa Marquez
Roosevelt High

Monica Nonaka
Konawaena Elementary

Nicholete Ito
Waimanalo Elem. & Intermediate

Rebecca Kiili
King Kekaulike High

Rondy Arquero
Maui High

Shanae Hatchell
Kahuku High & Intermediate

Shari Inter
Kapunahala Elementary

Sherene Hong
Kaaawa Elementary

Tara Lyn Nakamoto
Mililani Ike Elementary

Tiffany Kalahiki
Kokohead Elementary

Tracy Aki
Ewa Elementary

Trish Morgan
Stevenson Middle

Vaega Toilolo
Kahuku High & Intermediate

Vikki Valentine
Baldwin High

Whitney Mahoney
Waikiki Elementary

Garrett Hatakenaka Kaiser High School

Garrett Hatakenaka teaches STEM classes for 10th to 12th graders. Garrett needed funds to purchase tools and equipment for the students to practice measuring and prototyping. He also needed power tools as well as associated safety equipment. These items enabled students to experience real-world applications of math and science with hands-on learning.

Investing in Education recipient, Garrett Hatakenaka with Hawaii State FCU employees.

Denalee Choy Noelani Elementary School

Denalee Choy is teaching her students coding, which is a set of instructions computer programmers write that computers can understand. She is using her grant to purchase three Dash robots that will allow her students to write code on the iPads.

Investing in Education recipient, Denalee Choy with Hawaii State FCU employees.

Investing in Education Grant Program FAQs

Applicants must be a member of Hawaii State FCU and be currently employed in the Department of Education as a classroom teacher.

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Grant funds are available from September 1 through October 31. Submissions will be reviewed and awarded as they are received and continue until all programs funds have been disbursed or until October 31, whichever comes first.

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Teachers will be required to submit essays of 500 words or less explaining what is the need in the classroom, how the grant money will assist in student learning and provide details on items to be purchased and their cost.

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Recipients will be selected based on their essay submissions.

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Approximately 45, however the number will be determined by the amounts requested on the essays and the number of applicants received.

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Grants & Scholarships

Hawaii State FCU has already awarded more than half a million dollars in scholarships since 1996. Recipients each receive $2,000 to be used toward a university, college or trade/vocational school.


It’s important to recognize and appreciate everything our Hawaii teachers do for our kids. That’s why we created the Investing in Education Grant. The money can be used to buy classroom supplies, books, electronics and more.


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