HONOLULU — Hawaii State Federal Credit Union (Hawaii State FCU) announced today that it has awarded more than $32,000 in grants to Hawaii public school teachers through its 2021 Investing in Education grant program. A total of 70 grants were distributed to public school teachers on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island to help purchase classroom supplies and enhance student curriculums.
“Hawaii State FCU supports local teachers through our Investing in Education grant program by providing them the means to purchase much needed school supplies, from books and art supplies to digital cameras or projectors,” said Andrew Rosen, president and CEO of Hawaii State FCU. “We’re proud to continue our support for these selfless teachers while enhancing the classroom experience for Hawaii’s keiki.”
Applicants were asked to submit an essay stating the needs of their classrooms and how the funds will improve student learning. This year, requests were made for organizational supplies such as bins, shelves, etc. and art supplies including modeling clay, whiteboards, easels and markers. Other requests were made for books to diversify student libraries, electronics such as digital cameras and projectors, and outdoor education supplies, including seeds, soil, butterfly tents, and planters.
Grants were distributed statewide, with about 31 percent going to Leeward Oahu-area teachers, 21 percent to Central Oahu-area teachers, and nearly 13 percent going to Neighbor Island teachers located on Maui and Hawaii Island.
Hawaii State FCU’s Investing in Education grant program has been funding Hawaii’s classrooms since 2009 and has dispersed more than 750 grants with a total value of more than $350,000. Additionally, Hawaii State FCU’s Scholarship Program has awarded more than $900,000 over the past 25 years to help students attend universities, colleges and trade schools in Hawaii and on the mainland.
About Hawaii State Federal Credit Union
Hawaii State Federal Credit Union (Hawaii State FCU) was founded in 1936. Serving state, city and county employees as well as non-profits and select businesses and their families across the state, Hawaii State FCU has more than 120,000 members and $2 billion in assets. Hawaii State FCU provides financial advising, checking, savings and loan services on Oahu and in Kahului, Maui. For more information, visit www.HawaiiStateFCU.com.