LVHCC Essay Scholarship

Essay Scholarship

Eligibility

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 are available and will be awarded individually to the winning recipients at the annual Ho’olaule’a each September.

The application period closed on August 24, 2022.  

General

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, 2023. Deadline: August 24, 2023

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 2022 Essay Scholarship winner!  She received her scholarship at our 30th Prince Kuhio Ho’olaule’a and Pacific Island Festival on September 10, 2022 and is attending UNLV.  See her winning essay below: 

What Aloha Means to Me

     The word Aloha has a long list of English translations.  Beginning first on the list of translations is the word itself, Aloha, and following are the words “affection, compassion, mercy, and sympathy” before many more translations (“Aloha”).  The Hawaiian Dictionary struggles to define the word Aloha, as seen by its first translation of it, because the English translation of the word Aloha is too restrictive of the culture, values, and experiences that Aloha truly reflects.  As I attempt to describe Aloha, I must consider my Hawaiian culture that my kupuna had passed along to the next generations.  Additionally, I must also consider what values my kupuna treasured and instilled upon me.  Lastly, I must consider the different experiences that I had lived that showed me how Aloha feels, looks, smells, tastes, and sounds like.

     The earliest memory I have of when I learned what Aloha means was by my kupuna wahine (grandmother) before she passed away when I was younger.  Growing up I was fortunate to have my grandmother living right next door to our home so I could visit her frequently.  I wanted to spend so much time with my grandmother that it led to her giving me my own drawer of clothes for all the sleepovers I would spend at her house.  During one special sleepover, I remember her making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for me as a late night snack.  The soft bread held in my hand that smelled of the perfect ratio of peanut butter to jelly and folded perfectly in-half.  The taste of the sandwich felt like a warm hug that my grandmother would give me often.  I did not understand then what I do now, which is that a peanut butter and jelly sandwich was her meaning of Aloha.  My grandmother defined Aloha by the action of making me something she knew I would enjoy.

     As I eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich today. I appreciate the time that we had together.  I think the meaning of Aloha remains difficult to define but it most closely mirrors the people in our life that could make us feel as if we’re being hugged without being physically there.  Although there are many more people in my life that help me to define what Aloha means to me, I will always cherish the earliest memory of my kupuna wahine, who taught me what Aloha meant to her.

Reference: “Aloha,” Na Puke Wehewehe ‘Olelo Hawai’i, n.d., https://wehewehe.org.