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Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation offers scholarships to Hawaii graduates

By Staff | Jan 24, 2019

For 2018, 24 Neighbor Island students from public and private schools, as well as another 24 from Oahu, received scholarships through the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation.

HONOLULU – Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation (HRYF), founded in 1976 by Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan, was created to help Hawaii’s high school graduates realize their potential.

Sullivan had a strong desire to serve the community and held the position of Rotary district governor in Hawaii during the 1976-77 year.

He felt that an organization like HRYF could help teach young people about America’s free enterprise system and fill a need in the community.

Since its incorporation, through March 18, 2018, HRYF has awarded 1,750 scholarships with a total value of $6,488,313. For 2018, 24 neighbor island students from public and private schools were chosen as recipients, as well as another 24 from the island of Oahu. The total awarded amount for the year was $250,000.

HRYF scholarships are open to all Hawaii high school seniors who will be attending an accredited four-year college locally or on the Mainland United States, with each awarded scholarship being $5,000.

Every year, two outstanding student applicants are picked by HRYF to receive “in memorial” scholarships in the amount of $10,000 instead of the $5,000 HRYF scholarship.

The first “in memorial” scholarship is for Sullivan, which awards one outstanding student applicant with $10,000 to attend a four-year college on the Mainland United States.?

The other “in memorial” scholarship is for Sully’s wife, Joanna L. Sullivan, which awards a second outstanding student applicant with $10,000 to attend a local four-year college.

Applications are currently open for the 2019 year, with a deadline to apply by Feb. 6, 2019. Each applicant must be sponsored by a local Rotary club.

Criteria for selection are based on scholastic and academic achievement, personal involvement on campus, community activities, any employment experience and passion for continuing their education.

To find out more about the application process and HRYF, visit www.hawaiirotaryyouthfoundation.org or call (808) 735-1073.

Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. HRYF programs are financed by contributions from Rotarians and other community-minded persons and foundations.