HONOLULU — Hawaii State Federal Credit Union (Hawaii State FCU) today issued a call for applications for its 2016 Investing in Education grant program. Investing in Education supports Hawaii educators with grants to purchase needed supplies, books, furniture, electronic equipment and other basic materials, and allows teachers to fund classroom activities for students.
“Supporting education in Hawaii has long been a core value of Hawaii State FCU and a main focus of our community giving, from Investing in Education to our Lowell Kalapa Scholarship Program,” said Andrew Rosen, president and CEO of Hawaii State FCU. “When our teachers have the funding and resources they need to engage with students effectively, it enhances the quality of education in our state. We invite teachers to share their classroom needs with us and we look forward to supporting them.”
Eligible applicants are asked to submit an essay outlining how the grant will achieve classroom goals. Grant recipients will be awarded funds between $200 and $500 based on the needs of the classroom. Submissions will be reviewed and awarded as they are received, beginning Sept. 1 and continuing through the Oct. 31 deadline, until all 2016 program funds have been disbursed.
Since 2009, Hawaii State FCU has distributed more than $156,000 to Hawaii educators through Investing in Education. Last year, the program awarded nearly $20,000 to 44 educators at public schools across the state to fund various activities and equipment, from electronic learning pads for special needs students to an aquaponics system for hands-on STEM lessons.
Eligibility information and applications are available online at www.hawaiistatefcu.com/member-resources/investing-in-education.