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HCFCU Awards $13,500 in College Scholarships May 24, 2013

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Scholarship Program.  $13,500 was awarded to six HawaiiIsland high school seniors, selected from a field of over 69 applicants from 12 Hawaii Island high schools, a home school and an onlineschool.  The scholarships are awarded to high school graduates planning to attend a two or four-year institute of higher learning in the coming school year.   Each scholarship is named after a community volunteer who made important contributions to Hawaii Community FCU. 

The $2,500 John Y. Iwane Scholarship, given to a student who plans to enter an agriculture-related field of study, was presented to Bishop Jedediah Akao. The Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii campus graduate intends to pursue a career in Agro-ecology. The $2,500 Peter T. Hirata Scholarship was awarded to Isaac Ang Han. The Kealakehe High School graduate intends to pursue a career in Political Science and International Economics. Talmage Iokepa Sadanoshin Nakamoto, a Konawaena High School graduate, was awarded the $2,500 Albert Akana Scholarship.  Nakamoto’s career goal is to study Mechanical Engineering. The $2,500 Katsumasa Tomita Scholarship was presented to Raelyn Gayle Ganiron Nicolas. The Keaau High School graduate intends to become a radiologic technician.
Kellie Iwasaki, a graduate of Waiakea High School, is the recipient of the $2,500 Frank Ishii Scholarship.  Iwasaki will be studying to become a physician. The $1,000 Student Credit Union Scholarship was presented to Jayvimar Adina Arellano, a graduate of Kohala High School, who intends to pursue a career in teaching mathematics.

“These scholarships are part of the Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union’s commitment to serving the youth in our community,” says James Takamine, president & CEO of Hawaii Community FCU. “We want our children to appreciate the importance of education and the Credit Union will support academic excellence with annual scholarships to deserving students. Our hope is that these young people will go on to establish themselves in a career of their choice and be contributing citizens in their community.”