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$21,000 in Scholarships to Big Island Students

June 12, 2018

The dreams of nine Hawaii Island high school graduates are closer to being fulfilled with the generous support of Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU).  Through the credit union’s annual scholarship program, the students will receive scholarships to two- or four-year institutions of higher learning in the coming school year.  The high school graduates were selected from applicants from 13 Big Island High Schools.  The Yasunori Deguchi Scholarship, is specifically for a post-high school graduate currently attending college or going back to college. Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union has provided scholarships to Hawaii Island students for more than 32 years.  

Eight of the scholarships are named after a volunteer or a manager who made significant contributions to the credit union. The deserving students are:

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Nicholas Godoy
Kamehameha Schools Hawaii
Albert Akana Scholarship
Rachel Ignacio
Waiakea High School
Peter T. Hirata Scholarship
Teah Van Bergen
Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Frank Ishii Scholarship

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Sharissa Bird
Honokaa High School
Katsumasa Tomita Scholarship
Taggart Nakamoto
Konawaena High School
John Y. Iwane Scholarship
Cheyenne Fuertes
Kohala High School
Michael Asam Scholarship

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Rowlie John Flores
Kau High School
Mitsugi Inaba Scholarship
Lydia Robbins
Barnard College
Yasunori Deguchi Scholarship*
Shaylee Thompson
Kealakehe High School
Student Credit Union Scholarship
*Yasunori Deguchi Scholarship available to post high school graduates attending, or plan on attending, college.


Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, federally insured financial institution owned by its 40,000 members.  HCFCU’s branches are located in Honokaa, Kailua-Kona, Kaloko, Kealakekua and Kohala, along with Student Credit Unions in Kealakehe, Kohala and Konawaena High Schools. In 2018, HCFCU will open its first branch in East Hawaii in Hilo. In addition to complete checking and savings services, HCFCU provides help facilitating mortgage, land, construction, and small business, educational, personal and auto loans; has drive up tellers; credit and debit cards with rewards; online and mobile banking; investment services and youth programs. HCFCU also supports numerous Hawaii Island non-profit organizations and community events.  Membership in Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union is open to all Hawaii Island residents.


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