Scholarships

HEA Scholarships for Current & Aspiring Teachers

The mission of the Hawaii Education Association Scholarship Fund is to support the educational endeavors of Hawaii teachers, HEA members and their dependents to shape their future to reach their full potential.

HEA offers a slate of scholarships for public school teachers, student teachers, college students, and graduating high school seniors. These scholarships assist current and future teachers with professional development and achieving college degrees. Over the past 20 years, HEA has awarded more than $300,000 to hundreds of scholarship recipients in the teaching profession. Our goal is to help you become the best that you can be.

Student Teacher Scholarship Application Deadline: June 14, 2021

The deadline has passed for all other scholarship applications for the 2021-22 school year. Scholarship recipients will be notified in late June 2021.

In-Service Public School Educators

Scholarship Amount: $2,000

For tenured and/or permanent Hawaii State Department of Education pre-K – 12 teachers, school administrators, or educational assistants, HEA offers scholarships to support study or training.

APPLY HERE

Ronald K. Toma Professional Development

Scholarship Amount: Varies

For tenured Hawaii State Department of Education pre-K – 12 teachers and school administrators, HEA offers scholarships to support enrichment opportunities and professional development.

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Student Teachers

Scholarship Amount: $2,000

For student teachers intending to teach in the Hawaii State Department of Education, HEA and the family of Helen McKay have established a Student Teacher Scholarship to minimize the need for employment during the student teaching semester.

APPLY HERE

Hiroshi & Barbara Kim Yamashita Undergraduate College Students

Scholarship Amount: $2,000

For full-time undergraduate students majoring in education and intending to teach in a Hawaii public school, HEA is pleased to offer the Hiroshi & Barbara Kim Yamashita HEA Scholarship to assist with college.

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Continuing College Students

Scholarship Amount: $1,000

HEA offers college scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a career in education.

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Graduating High School Seniors

Scholarship Amount: $2,000

HEA offers college scholarships for graduating high school seniors who will enroll in any two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher learning.

APPLY HERE

2020-21 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to our 2020-21 HEA scholarship recipients. These exceptional current and future teachers showcased exemplary skills, drive and dedication to achieve their professional goals and pursue excellence in their careers.


2020-21 High School Scholarship

Rachel Dressler
Michelle Dressler, Mother

Kauai High School

Rachel Dressler, graduated from Kauai High School and now attends the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is currently pursuing a degree in political science and aspires to attend law school to become an attorney.


2020-21 High School Scholarship

Jean Mukai
Ruth Mukai, Grandmother

Maui Christian Academy

Jean Mukai was an active member on her student council and participated in various plays and musicals during high school. She graduated from Maui Christian Academy and is currently attending Chapman University pursuing a communication degree.


2020-21 Continuing College Scholarship

Stephen Aisabokhae

Prairie View A&M University

Stephen Aisabokhae is currently attending Prairie View A&M University pursuing a doctorate degree in education. Growing up in Africa has deepened and informed his interest in education reform in Africa and around the world.


2020-21 Continuing College Scholarship

Kiane Kanaha

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Kiane Kanaha attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she earned a MEdT dual certificate in SPED and social studies. She recently completed her student teaching at Kealakehe High where she is now a faculty member. She designed a 5-week course on reading strategy based on Career and Technical Education that increased student reading comprehension skills.


2020-21 Student Teacher Scholarship

Natanya Friedheim

University of Hawaii-Manoa
Education Major

Natanya Friedheim currently student teaches at Waipahu High School and attends the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her educational mission is to empower students with special needs to choose their own future and teach them skills necessary to achieve their dreams.


2020-21 Student Teacher Scholarship

Nancy Hoadley

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Education Major

Nancy Hoadley currently student teaches at Moanalua Middle School and is enrolled in the MEdT program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. From a very young age Nancy knew that she wanted to be a special education teacher and is now making that dream a reality.


2020-21 Student Teacher Scholarship

Kris Williams

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Education Major

Kris Williams currently student teaches at Hawaiian Academy of Arts and Sciences Charter School in Pahoa. Her father, a math educator as well, instilled in her a deep understanding of numbers that fuels her passion to share that knowledge by teaching others.


2020-21 In-Service Public School Educator

Mary Annyvette Paglinawan

Waialua Elementary School

Mary Annyvette Paglinawan is enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Manoa studying to achieve her MEd in Early Childhood Education. Her goal is to become a resource teacher so that she may share her knowledge and support with new teachers, just as she experienced early in her career.


2020-21 Ronald K. Toma In-Service Public School Educator

Jacqueline Jensen

Voyager Public Charter

Jacqueline Jensen is a teacher at Voyager Charter School, where educating the whole child is emphasized. She is enrolled in YogaEd courses which teaches yoga and mindfulness strategies. These strategies can be shared with students so that they may practice health-enhancing behaviors and reduce their health risks.


2020-21 Ronald K. Toma & HEA/HSTA-R In-Service Public School Educator

Jonathon Medeiros

Kauai High School

Jonathon Medeiros currently teaches at Kauai High School. His extensive self-reflection work to renew his National Board license will provide both personal growth as well as learnings that can be shared with other teachers for their development.


2020-21 Ronald K. Toma In-Service Public School Educator

Alexandra Obra

Waiahole Elementary School

Alexandra Obra is the Principal at Waiahole Elementary School. She recently completed Harvard Business School Online’s “Leading People” courses to implement in her small school where it’s essential that the staff and faculty are in sync.


2020-21 HEA/HSTA-R In-Service Public School Educator

Cassiopeia Nieves

Kilohana Elementary School

Cassiopeia Nieves is a Pre-K teacher at Kilohana Elementary School on the island of Molokai. She graduated with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Capella University and is currently attending Chaminade University.