Hiroshi and Barbara Kim Yamashita HEA Scholarship

$2,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
5/13/2023Submission Deadline

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The Hawaii Education Association (HEA) has a long-standing reputation for funding scholarships for anyone in the teaching profession, ranging from public school teachers, administrators, and educational assistants, to student teachers, college students, and graduating high school seniors.

The association’s mission is to uphold Hawaii’s teachers’ professionalism and promote educational excellence. Therefore, HEA offers the Hiroshi and Barbara Kim Yamashita HEA Scholarship to a full-time undergraduate student presently enrolled in an accredited school of higher learning. The scholarship awards up to $2,000 to one winner. HEA will make a $1,000 payment to the recipient’s credit at the enrolled institution.

Applicants must have a GPA of 3.2 and must provide transcripts, three recommendation letters, along with a personal statement highlighting their pursuit of a degree in education.

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Hiroshi and Barbara Kim Yamashita HEA Scholarship Timeline

April 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications open on April 19.

May 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on May 13.

June 2023

Awards Announcement Date

The winner is announced on June 1.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: Undergraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: 3.2
  • Geographic Eligibility: Hawaii
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay
  • Grade transcript
  • Recommendation letters
  • Financial Information

How to ace the Hiroshi and Barbara Kim Yamashita HEA Scholarship


Keep your grades up

This scholarship program is very competitive with only one winner. It is merit-based therefore only those with a GPA of 3.2 or higher have better chances of winning. So work hard on keeping your grades up and maintaining your GPA. Grades will be an indicator of how dedicated you are to the educational field.


Personal statement objective and review

Your personal statement is your voice and the complete picture of your character, ambitions, and abilities. Make it concise, and interesting, and capture your pursuit of a degree in education. Tell the judges your story and what you hope to achieve. Stay focused and get a second or third eye review from your mentor or instructor.


Choice of references and early notifications

Your references or recommenders must be those who know you well enough to be willing to speak to your abilities and demonstrate why you make the perfect candidate for this scholarship. So, choose them wisely. Also, contact them and send them the required forms very early on to allow them enough time to complete them.


Provide accurate financial information

In your application form stay truthful. Provide all necessary and accurate information regarding your monthly expenses, assets, and liabilities for accuracy and completeness; so that judges give you a better estimate and assessment.

How the Hiroshi and Barbara Kim Yamashita HEA Scholarship is Judged

The judging committee awards the scholarship based on a scoring system of 10 points in each of its criteria categories, including transcripts, recommendations, personal statement, and financial need.

Why We Love the Hiroshi and Barbara Kim Yamashita HEA Scholarship


An annual scholarship

The Hiroshi and Barbara Kim Yamashita HEA Scholarship is an annual program; therefore, you can always reapply every year if you don’t win. The higher the grades, the better your chances of winning, so work hard to achieve your academic and career goals.


Long history of funding scholarships for educators

HEA supports educators since its establishment and has a history of funding scholarships for teachers and students to pursue higher education and professional development for the betterment of the schools and their systems in Hawaii.


No discrimination against

The program is open to all citizens of Hawaii as long as they meet the scholarship requirements. HEA supports equality and has no discrimination against gender, race, ethnicity, or religion.

5 Facts About Hiroshi and Barbara Kim Yamashita HEA Scholarship


Open to undergraduate students

The scholarship is only available to full-time undergraduate students.


Education focus

The scholarship is only open to full-time students majoring in education.


Promotes quality of education in Hawaii

The Hawaii Education Association (HEA) sponsors this award to assist undergraduate students who want to teach in a Hawaii public elementary or secondary school.


The HEA sponsors other scholarships

The Hawaii Education Association (HEA) also sponsors other scholarships for students in different grade levels.


Award paid directly to school

The scholarship is for tuition. The sponsor sends a $1,000- payment to the recipient's credit at their enrolled institution every semester.

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