LVHCC Essay Scholarship

Essay Scholarship


All high school seniors, current students attending a University or College and Technical/Trade School students.  Should a student win the scholarship, they must attend the college, university, trade or technical school on a full-time basis.

Two scholarships in the amount of $750 will be awarded individually to the winning recipients at the 30th Pacific islander Festival and Ho’olaule’a in September 2022.  The application form is at the Blue Button at the bottom of this page.


All applications and the documents identified will be submitted to the LVHCC Education Committee at 7260 West Azure Drive Suite 140-1052, Las Vegas, NV 89130.  Use the back of the application if more space is needed.  The Education Committee will review all application packages submitted and recommend the most qualified applicants deserving of the award. 

Grade Point Average (GPA)

All applicants shall have a minimum GPA of 2.5 – 2.7, cumulative unweighted upon (graduation from high school and for the current school year in other learning institutions for all others).

Application Period begins: June 1, 2022. Deadline: August 24, 2022

Verification of college enrollment (class schedule) will be required before any monies are disbursed.

The scholarship awardee should plan to attend two LVHCC functions during the academic year in support of the LVHCC scholarship program if at all possible.

Ho’omaika’i ‘ana ia ‘oe to Ayshaleigh Tani, our 2021 Essay Scholarship winner!  She received her scholarship at our 29th Pacific Islander Festival & Ho’olaule’a on September 11, 2021 and is attending UNLV.  See her winning essay below: 

What Aloha Means to Me

     Traditional ways of teaching the Hawaiian culture is not by textbooks or white boards, but is taught by singing songs, chanting, using the environment as a white board, or by explaining old proverbs.  As a Hawaiian person, who was taught my history in a Hawaiian immersion school, I was made to understand the meaning of aloha through the eyes of my ancestors.

     A Hawaiian proverb that will remain with me to the end of time is I ka ‘olelo no ke ola, i ka ‘olelo no ka make, which means “with language there is life, with language there is death.”  Ola (life) is used to exemplify the livelihood that is within our chants, songs or stories spoken by Hawaiians since the beginning.  Without their voices our people would not had been able to speak to one another.  Make (death) is the result of the Hawaiian race if we are unable to speak to each other through the Hawaiian language.  The implicit meaning of this proverb is used to teach the importance of keeping the Hawaiian culture alive through our native language.  When I think of the true meaning of aloha, I think of my ancestors, whose aloha for their people and culture was so strong that they held on to what they had left to build what we have now as Hawaiians.  In the year 1896, Hawaiian students were told to strip themselves of their mother tongue and the Hawaiian language was banned from being taught.  Silenced but hope remained within.  It was not until the year 1987 when the first Hawaiian immersion school was created, and the voice of Hawaiians lived on through the new generations.  For 90 years the Hawaiian language was never taught to showcase its beauty that could have filled classrooms with joyous songs, powerful chants, and intriguing stories.

     Aloha is the best way anyone can show how selfless they are.  Those who helped end the Hawaiian language ban is evidence of how aloha can be done.  It is their aloha that I admire and respect because if it were not for them, I would not have been able to attend Hawaiian immersion school.  With all being said, to me, aloha is a reminder as well as a thank you for my ancestor’s diligent attitude towards preserving the Hawaiian culture.