Founders’ Scholarship

Founders’ Scholarship

Public Education Foundation (PEF)

Clark County School District (CCSD) High School 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 Period to Open October 1, 2022.  Link for the 2022/2023 application on the Public Education Foundation’s website will be posted once we receive it.  For this year, two scholarships in the amount of $750 each are available to be awarded.

Verification of college enrollment (class schedule) will be required 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 2022 winners (we had 2 this year) listed below

Ho’omaika’i ‘ana ia ‘oe to Tsion Gebre, who attended Rancho High School, and Kalani Piliwale-Wilson, who attended Spring Valley High School, as our 2022 Founder’s Scholarship winners!  Tsion will be studying astrophysics & Kalani will be studying information technology.

Here are their Thank You notes and their pictures

 Tsion Gebre

I am deeply humbled that I was considered for this scholarship, and greatly thank the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club as well as the people who read my application for giving up their time to do so.  Winning this scholarship will help me to pursue my long-term goal of becoming the first in my family to earn not only a bachelor’s degree by a Ph.D in astrophysics as well.  This scholarship will close the financial hindrance that I may face because I am a low-income student.  Your scholarship money will not be wasted as I have gotten so far despite all the adversity I face.  This money will help me pursue my goals without money as a hindrance anymore.  I greatly appreciate this opportunity and am extremely grateful for this award.

Kalani Piliwale-Wilson

My name is Kalani Piliwale-Wilson.  You don’t know how much this scholarship means to me.  I am a young male going to college with minimal financial support from my parents.  So this money is a lot of help for me.  I am going to major in information systems and find my career job in that field of IT.  My commitments in life are to make the most out of college and I will be successful in what I do.  I will also coach football in the future as a way to keep my love for football alive.  Thank you so much for this money and the financial support.  You have literally saved my life because I was not going to go to college because of how expensive it is.  I’m glad you chose to award me and it is an honor and a privilege to have this scholarship.  Thank you.