What are the Veterans of Hawaii Scholarship?
Created to assist veterans and their dependents with the cost of higher education, the $2000 Veterans of Hawaii Scholarship will award four recipients $500 each to be used towards the cost of tuition at a college or university in Hawaii. While federal tuition programs and the GI Bill assist with paying the tuition cost for military veterans, there are often financial gaps that need to be filled. Initiative programs like the Veterans of Hawaii Scholarship seek to close the remaining gaps by creating opportunities for veterans to gain access to additional funding to pay for tuition expenses not covered by the GI Bill or other federal tuition assistance programs. In addition to financial assistance programs and scholarships, veterans and their family members may also be able to benefit from some of the tuition discounts provided by educational institutions.
How to Apply for the Scholarship
Eligible applicants for the scholarship need to submit a 400 to 600-word essay about how military service affected them or their families. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be a veteran of the armed forces or a dependent of a service member that is currently attending or will be attending a university or college in Hawaii during the 2022-2023 school year. All qualifying essay submissions must be submitted by October 1st, 2022. The four recipients chosen to receive this year’s Veterans of Hawaii Scholarship will be announced on October 31st, 2022. To apply for the 2022 scholarship, visit the Veterans of Hawaii Scholarship page on bold.org here.
About the Scholarship Sponsor
Elias Halvorson created the Veterans of Hawaii Scholarship to help military veterans and their families achieve success in pursuing higher education. He understands the challenges that many families face, such as deployments, relocating to new duty stations, and re-adjusting to civilian life after the military. Adjusting to civilian life presents its own set of issues like unemployment or homelessness. This transition to civilian life can oftentimes be alleviated by pursuing higher education. However, the cost associated with achieving higher education may create barriers for men and women who have served from obtaining a post-secondary education. Elias believes that it is worthwhile to increase the accessibility of college for veterans of the armed forces and their families. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to fellow service members, veterans, and their families. In addition, he hopes that the scholarship will continue to grow in the years to come, and is but a small token of thanks to those who have given so much.