Founders’ Scholarship

Founders’ Scholarship

Public Education Foundation (PEF)

Clark County School District (CCSD) seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA and who plan to attend an accredited post-secondary college or university, may apply for this scholarship.

Preference will be given (but not required) to Hawaiian/part Hawaiian students and dependents of members of the Hawaiian Civic Club. To qualify, students must attend the college/university full-time by taking a minimum of twelve credit hours per semester.

Application Closed on January 31, 2022.  Link for the 2022/2023 application on the Public Education Foundation’s website will be posted this coming Fall.  For this year, two scholarships in the amount of $750 each will be awarded by May 2022.

Verification of college enrollment (class schedule) will be required during the summer, before a check is mailed to the college. Scholarship funds must be applied toward tuition, fees and other appropriate educational expenses. These funds will be disbursed in equal payments over two semesters. Contact LVHCC for additional information on Scholarships

See the 2021 winner listed below

Ho’omaika’i ‘ana ia ‘oe to Malayah Leslie, who attended Cheyenne High School, as our 2021 Founder’s Scholarship winner!  Malayah will be attending UNLV.

Here is her winning essay

“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray.

My dream starts here, my dream begins with furthering my education.  Whether it ranges from corporate and bankruptcy to civil rights and immigration, I will be the attorney that changes lives.  The future comes one day at a time and in order to succeed, every day counts.  36% of lawyers in the US are women and only 5% of lawyers are black.  This does not incite fear in me but instead it gives me knowledge.  Confidence is ignorance, I know I will have to work ten times harder to be the success I want to be but I am willing to put in the hard work.

The field of law is quickly growing, studying law offers many opportunities.  My father wanted to study law growing up, his mother and father died of cancer and he didn’t get to finish high school.  I push myself even when I feel like giving up because I never want to let him down.  I educate myself on every mistake I make because as a woman, we don’t get to make a lot of mistakes.  If I am chosen for this scholarship, I can guarantee it won’t be a regrettable decision.  I will not waste my education and I will not take your investment in me for granted.  Since a child, I’ve been devoted to the life of success, to fairness, equality, and access.  The processes and principles of justice.  My educational aspirations consist of pursuing an undergraduate degree in business, working hard to pass the LSAT, acquire a graduate law degree from an accredited school, write and pass the MPRE, and write and pass the bar exam.  My first step is to obtain pre-law education, I need this scholarship to get past the first step.  My career vision is to change the lives of many, young and old, black or white.  I want to help people utilize their liberties and promote justice.  With your assistance I can dream big and work hard towards my goals.  I deserve a chance to change someone’s life for the better, I deserve the chance to succeed no matter my financial situation.  No matter what anyone says, words and ideas can change the world. My words and ideas will impact the world.

I need as much assistance as possible.  I appreciate all the help and support I can get to jumpstart my career.  I am passionate about continuing my education not because it measures my worth, intelligence or capabilities but because it will help me develop my career, it’s a stepping stone that will start as one of my many powerful weapons towards all the battles and struggles in life.  It will always show me the importance of hard work to be able to watch my journey all the way through.  It would be a privilege to receive your help, to know that you too, believe in me.  Life is incomplete without education and I aspire to be one of the students you invest in.