Student Teacher Scholarship Sponsored by the Helen McKay Memorial

Scholarship Requirements and Procedures

Two scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded to two student teachers intending to teach in the Hawaii State Department of Education who are enrolled in a State Approved Teacher Education Program as a full-time undergraduate or post baccalaureate candidate in any state-approved or nationally accredited institution of higher learning or enrolled in a Hawaii SATE alternative licensure program in the 2023-2024 academic year. Scholarships are awarded to student teachers to minimize the need for employment during the student teaching semester.

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 Student Teacher Scholarship Application Form (check semester of student teaching)
  2. Official college transcripts
  3. Personal statement
    1. Statements should be no more than 300 words typed or legibly hand-written on a separate sheet. Give (a) University/College and location/site of student teaching (b) reasons for choosing teaching as a career and what will you contribute to the teaching profession, and (c) experiences related to situations inherent in teaching, e.g. Tutoring, Club Advisorship. Plans for the future, extra-curricular interests and activities, membership in clubs/organizations, past and present work experiences, etc. may be cited.
  4. Completed HEA Financial Aid Form
  5. Recommendation from College Faculty, or Principal of Masters of Education in Teaching (MET) Participant, or Observation Participation (OP) Teacher Supervisor

The following table of points will be applied in scoring:

1-15 points Ability

1-15 Points Personal Statement

1-15 points Financial Need

1-5 points Recommendation

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, transcripts, forms and reference letters, please address them and any questions to:

HEA Scholarship Committee (Student Teacher)
1953 South Beretania Street, Suite 5C
Honolulu, HI 96826
Phone: 949-6657

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


TO APPLY ONLINE (Click form below):

SY 2023-2024 Student Teacher Application Form

SY 2023-2024 Student Teacher Recommendation Form

Submit Your Application Online

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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.