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Grants for Teachers

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Thank you for submitting your application for our 2023 Investing in Education Grant Program.

The portal to submit is now closed. Please check back to view the list of our 2023 recipients.

We recognize and appreciate the extraordinary effort and sacrifice Hawaii’s public school teachers provide to our community. Our Investing in Education grant assists teachers in the State of Hawaii Department of Education to obtain much-needed supplies, books, furniture, electronics, equipment and other basic necessities for their classrooms.

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See how this Kaimuki High School teacher’s dream for a school garden blossomed into hands-on learning opportunities for her students thanks to an Investing in Education teacher grant.

Eligibility and Requirements to Apply


•  Applicant must be a member of Hawaii State FCU

•  Applicant must be currently employed in the State of Hawaii as a public school classroom teacher

•  Application submissions are limited to one per teacher, per calendar year

•  Recipients will be selected based on their essay submissions

•  Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received


Teachers are required to answer these questions (500 character limit per answer):

•  What are your classroom needs and why aren’t there existing funds to obtain them?

•  What is your overall goal for these funds and how will it improve student learning?

•  How are these funds being used as a part of a critical need in order to deliver instruction?

•  Teachers must also provide detailed information on the items to be purchased and their costs. Include tax and shipping in your estimate.

Congratulations to Our 2022 Grant Recipients!

Cindy Abe
Leilehua High School

Sean H. Abe
Jarrett Middle School

Yvonne N. Ah Sue
Laie Elementary School

Kathryn M. Alba
Kahaluu Elementary School

Taryn Y. Almeida
Kapunahala Elementary School

Jolie L. Alonzo
Waiau Elementary School

Mark Alsbergas
Wheeler Middle School

Kayla Y.K. Arakaki
Waipahu Elementary School

Luca K. Barcenilla
Nanakuli High & Intermediate School

Markie L. Belmodis
Leihoku Elementary School

Cicily R. Bilecki
Kalaheo High School

Nancy K. Brenner
Webling Elementary School

Ember M. Brock
Kauluwela Elementary School

Dustin S. Chang
Pearl Harbor Elementary School

Reina Chang
Kalihi-Waena Elementary School

Mei Yee Cheng
Moanalua High School

Kristi L. Choi
Moanalua Middle School

Darcy K. Coronil
Kapolei Middle School

Kehaulani Deboma
Nanakuli High & Intermediate School

Matthew T. Deeley
Nanakuli High & Intermediate School

Ray Leo dela Cruz
Kaimuki High School

Jason T. Dettweiler-Pavia
Kaiulani Elementary School

Kaylie S. Eko
Moanalua Elementary School

Phillippe R. Fernandez-Brennan
DreamHouse ‘Ewa Beach

Laurie W. Flores
Hauula Elementary School

Ellen Frenette-Garcia
Baldwin High School

Renolds I. Fruean
Maui High School

Maury D. Fujisaka
Lincoln Elementary School

Channing L. Galutira
Moanalua Middle School

Clint T. Gima
Maui High School

Kimberly A. Gomes
Hokulani Elementary School

Robin M. Gomes
Moanalua Middle School

Marilou Gorai
Heeia Elementary School

Jared B. Haiola
Haleiwa Elementary School

Nancy J. Halley
Baldwin High School

Frances Higashi
Waikiki Elementary School

Tammy Holt
Waikiki Elementary School

Rachel K.O. Hung
Kaimuki Middle School

Kathryn Inouye
Linapuni Elementary School

Shari H. Inter
Kapunahala Elementary School

Yvette T. L. Ishikawa
Enchanted Lake Elementary School

Shannon D. Kaaa
Fern Elementary School

Kaley T. Kanbara
Holomua Elementary School

Jessie K. Kanoholani
Kamalii Elementary School

Jamie-Lynn R. Katayama
Ala Wai Elementary School

Lynn-Therese K. L. Keahi
Iao Intermediate School

Tina Kekoolani
Kula Elementary School

Rebecca Kapolei Kiili
King Kekaulike High School

Brooke-Lee L. Kaululaau
Kailua Intermediate School

Susan K. Kikuyama
Waipahu Elementary School

Rayna A. Kinoshita
Pearl Harbor Elementary School

Kori K.H. Kon
Kalani High School

Zoriana A. Kornienko
Haiku Elementary School

Kahealani Z. Lakalo
Pohakea Elementary School

Princess Caryl B. Lastimoza-Orines
Nanakuli High & Intermediate School

Caroline S. Lee
Honouliuli Middle School

Jennifer E. Lee
Haleiwa Elementary School

Joanne A. Martin
Kaneohe Elementary School

Tui J. Moe
Kaimuki High School

Nikki T. Morishige
Waiahole Elementary School

Erin M. Murray
Kaneohe Elementary School

Kathryn E. Nakahara
Pearl City Highlands Elementary

Cheryl A. Nishimoto
Waimalu Elementary School

Kylie T. Nishino
Ewa Beach Elementary School

Kalelani K. Ogata
Lincoln Elementary School

Val Tina V.C. Oishi
Campbell High School

Lisa L. Oka
Moanalua High School

Patricia E. Oliveira
Pohakea Elementary School

Ami J. Pearce
Wailuku Elementary School

Marissa S. Roxas
Nanakuli High & Intermediate School

Kaui L. Samson-Chong
Holomua Elementary School

Leilani A. Silva
Pahoa High & Intermediate School

Jeremy Soriano
Kapolei High School

Phoebe Suh
Kaiulani Elementary School

Charme Taksony
Maui High School

MariaDonell Thomas
Lahaina Intermediate School

Sarah Tiffin
Kalihi-Kai Elementary School

Matthew T.Y.F. Tom
Kaimuki Middle School

Nicole S. Valenzuela
Kapolei High School

Renette G. Walker
Kapolei High School

Robin White
Paia Elementary School

Kyra R. Wong
Pearl Harbor Elementary School

Zachary M. Yabes
Kailua Intermediate School

Courtney D. Yamashiro
Lihikai Elementary School

Jaydeen K. Yonekura
Haleiwa Elementary School

Elizabeth Young
Aliamanu Middle School

Have Any Questions?

Please email Sandra “Bunny” Tanaka at [email protected] with any questions about the Investing in Education Grant Program or credit union membership eligibility.

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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 $5,000 to be used toward a university, college or trade/vocational school.

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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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We believe in volunteering for worthwhile causes in our local communities. Look for us out in the community year-round as we do our part to improve the lives of others.

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