Ronald K. Toma Scholarship for Professional Development

Scholarship Requirements and Procedures

A total of $6,000 is allocated for this purpose.  Each application will be rated on its merits and ranked. Awarded amounts up to $1,000 each will be deducted by priority applications until the $6,000 threshold is attained. This scholarship supports those pursuing enrichment opportunities other than formal post-secondary courses in higher education and professional learning for tenured Hawaii State Department of Education pre-K – 12 teachers and school administrators.

Employees, officers, and directors of HEA, and their immediate family members and individuals living in the same household (whether related or not) of such employee, officer, or director are not eligible to apply.

Selection will be based on the following information:

  1. Completed HEA Scholarship Application Form, including the Nature of Study or Training Planned section
  2. Personal statement
  3. A letter of reference from a person who is familiar with the applicant’s professional work and goals
    1. The letter should be relevant to the applicant’s plan of study and goals for professional learning. This reference letter is confidential and should be sent by the writer via email, submitted through the website or mailed directly to the address listed below.

The following table of points will be applied in scoring:

1-15 points Professional learning related to Academic Plan;

1-10 Points Expected outcomes;

1-10 Points Benefits of professional learning to self and Hawaii DOE;

1-10 points Educational activities and contributions in the:
(5 points) School or Office;
(3 points) Hawaii Education Association (HEA); and
(2 points) Community;

1-5 points Letter of reference

The HEA Scholarship Committee will review all applications and select the scholarship winners. The Committee’s decision will be final.

If mailing or emailing applications, forms and reference letters, please address them and any questions to:

HEA Scholarship Committee (Ronald K. Toma)
1953 South Beretania Street, Suite 5C
Honolulu, HI 96826
Phone: 949-6657

Applications, forms and reference letters must be received by 12:00 Noon on Monday, April 3, 2023 via mail, email or submitted through the website.


TO APPLY ONLINE (Click form below):

SY 2023-2024 Ronald K. Toma Scholarship Application Form

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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.


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 those pursuing enrichment opportunities and professional learning.


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.


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.


Continuing College Students

Scholarship Amount: $1,000

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


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.