HONOLULU — Hawaii State Federal Credit Union (Hawaii State FCU) announced today that it has awarded $40,000 in grants to Hawaii public school teachers through its 2022 Investing in Education grant program. A total of 86 grants of up to $500 each were distributed to public school teachers on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island to help purchase much-needed classroom supplies and enhance student curriculums.
“For more than a decade, Hawaii State FCU’s Investing in Education grant program has been supporting Hawaii’s teachers by helping them purchase necessary school supplies and educational tools that they oftentimes have to pay for our of their own pockets,” said Andrew Rosen, president and CEO of Hawaii State FCU. “We’re proud to continue to support these selfless teachers, and ultimately, the academic success of our students.”
Eligible teachers were asked to submit an application stating the needs of their classroom and how the funds will help improve student learning. The requests ranged from books, furniture, electronics and other basic necessities, including organizational supplies such as bins, shelves, etc. and art supplies including modeling clay, whiteboards, easels and markers. Other common requests included books to diversify student libraries, electronics such as digital cameras and projectors, and instruments for music courses.
Grants were distributed statewide, with about 24 percent going to Leeward Oahu-area teachers, 12 percent to Central Oahu-area teachers, and 17 percent to teachers on Maui and Hawaii Island.
Hawaii State FCU’s Investing in Education grant program has been funding Hawaii’s classrooms since 2009 and have dispersed more than 800 grants with a total value of more than $390,000.
Additionally, Hawaii State FCU’s Scholarship Program has awarded nearly $1 million over the past 26 years to help students attend universities, colleges and trade schools in Hawaii and on the mainland.
For more information about Hawaii State FCU’s teacher grant program and student scholarship opportunities, please visit www.HawaiiStateFCU.com.
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 $2.3 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.