Wednesday | December 07, 2016
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In Brief | Schools 1-9-13

Rotary announces arts, earth sciences scholarships

The Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise is offering two $2,000 scholarships to West Hawaii high school seniors who have been accepted to a two- or four-year college or art school to major in the arts, including design, graphic arts, creative arts and theater.

Students will be considered on three equal parts: financial need; merit, grade point average and test scores; and community service. Two letters of reference are required. One must be from a teacher or instructor with knowledge of the student’s artistic aspirations, explaining why the applicant merits the award. Applicants must provide FAFSA or EFC data.

The club is also offering a $1,000 Francis Kuailani Sr. Scholarship to any West Hawaii high school senior registered in a college or university biology, geology or ecology program.

The scholarship will be awarded based on student’s financial need, merit and community service. Two letters of reference are required; one from a teacher or instructor with knowledge of the student’s career ambitions. Applicants must provide FAFSA or EFC data.

Applications for these scholarships will be accepted through Feb. 5. Award notifications will be sent out no later than March 5. For more information, contact Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise New Generations Chairwoman Ann Goody at

Kohala students to attend spelling bee

Kohala Elementary School participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee school level competition in December. The school’s champion is fourth-grader Grace Todd. Runner-up is fifth-grader Hokani Maria.

The students are also members of the school’s robotics team. Both will represent the school at the district spelling bee at 9 a.m. Jan. 19at Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Gates Performing Arts Center in Waimea.

Kealakehe High council meets Jan. 17

Kealakehe High School’s Community Council meets from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in the staff cafeteria dining room.

The group will discuss items including the electronic use policy and consequences for violation; cyberbullying and its impact on campus life; and students unable to provide athletic shoes for physical education class.

Minutes of past meetings are online at

Parents, students and community members are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Linda Jeffrey at the Parent-Community Center, 327-4300, ext. 2432.

Waimea Middle holds spelling bee

Eighth-grader Anatevka AhLoy is Waimea Middle School’s 2012 Scripps Spelling Bee champion. Seventh-grader Kori Key finished as first runner-up.

More than two dozen sixth- through eighth-graders participated in the schoolwide finals.

AhLoy and Key will represent the school in the islandwide finals at 9 a.m. Jan. 19 at Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Gates Performing Arts Center. District winners compete at the state level March 23.

Credit union offers scholarships to Big Island students

The Big Island Federal Credit Union is offering two $2,500 and five $1,000 scholarships to Hawaii Island high school seniors, college students and students in two-year, post-secondary programs who are credit union members in good standing.

Criteria for selection includes academic excellence, personal achievements, community involvement, a student’s statement of academic and career goals, and two typed, one-page recommendation letters from teachers, counselors or an employer.

Scholarship information packets are available at all Big Island high schools, the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Hawaii Community College. The deadline for completed applications is Feb. 28. Applicants can apply in only one division and win an award a single time.

For more information, contact Carin Seki at the Hilo office, 66 Lono St., Hilo HI 96720 or call 935-9778.