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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.
Applications will be available on September 1, 2018.

Congratulations to the 2017 Recipients

Abby Prock
Haiku Elementary

Abraham Nahulu, III
Ka Waihona o Ka Na’anao PCS

Aimee Matsuura
Keoneula Elementary

Amy Milazzo
Manoa Elementary

Areeyah Schmidt
Gustav Webling Elementary

Camille Sismar
Lanakila Elementary

Carol Sakai
Kahului Elementary

Charmane Joy S. Bellaza
Waipahu Intermediate

Cori Anne Muraoka
Mililani Ike Elementary

Deborah Moon
Nanaikapono Elementary

Erin Murakami
Ewa Elementary

Jennifer Kozuma
Koko Head Elementary

Jennifer Kuwahara
Mililani High School

Jessica Tennison
Castle High School

Joseph Menor, Jr.
Moanalua High School

Joy Chung
Lehua Elementary

Julie Brennan
Kula Elementary

Julie Williams
Kamiloiki Elementary

Kahealani Tabucbuc
Lanai High & Elementary School

Karen Horwitz
Aiea High School

Keisha Funaki
Laie Elementary School

Kelli Shirota
Kauluweala Elementary

Leslie Walker
Waimea Elementary

Linda Morikone
Noelani Elementary

Lisa Barton
Makaha Elementary

Maria Guardino
Kawananakoa Middle School

Mary Bonnetty
Queen Kaahumanu Elementary

Melvin Ramos
Lehua Elementary

Micah Ahsui
Ka Waihona o Ka Na’anao PCS

Michael Akinaka
Laie Elementary School

Rayna Kinoshita
Pearl Harbor Elementary

Rebecca Hodge
Ilima Intermediate

Russel Wells
Royal Elementary

Sara Nayeb-Hashemi
Campbell High School

Sarah Gillis
Pahoa Elementary

Shanice Cambra
Lehua Elementary

Tara Lyn Nakamoto
Mililani Ike Elementary

Tilana Roberts
Molokai High School

Tracie Kuniyuki
Mountain View School

Tyrus Lum
Kawananakoa Middle School

Wendy Shishido
Kahului School

Whitney Nguyen
Wilson Elementary


Deborah Moon
Nanaikapono Elementary

Deborah Moon teaches Special Education/Resource to kindergarteners. The funds helped Deborah purchase items essential to her students’ learning. She purchased the Massbricks building block set for her students to learn spelling, counting and measuring. Deborah also needed Bingo Daubers for identification practice and whiteboard markers for students with fine motor deficits. To calm students who require tactile stimulation, she bought sensory toys. These items enabled each student to experience learning in their own unique way through a variety of modes.

Investing in Education Recipient Deborah Moon

Erin Murakami
Ewa Elementary

Erin Murakame teaches STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) classes to kindergarten students. She is using her grant to purchase items to increase students’ proficiency in reading, writing and math through other content areas. Erin purchased Osmo Starter Genius Kits, Wonder Workshop Dash Robot and Lego Classic Creative Brick Box. She said these items will allow her students to better communicate, collaborate, think critically and boost their curiosity about the world around them.

Investing in Education Grant Recipient Erin Murakami

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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Unlike a bank that’s more concerned with profit, we’re a not-for-profit concerned with our member’s financial and personal well-being. We’re all about people helping people. We hope that it shows in everything we do.

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.

Giving

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.

Volunteering

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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