Ho'omaika'i 'ana ia 'oe to Connor Filbert, our 2019 Essay Scholarship winner! He received the scholarship at our September 2019 General Membership Meeting and is attending Arizona State University; see his winning essay below
What Aloha Means to Me
What does Aloha mean to me? Well to me, Aloha is whoever I am thankful for and whoever has been there for me even if it was only a short period of time. As said by the Reverend Abraham Akaka noted, on March 13, 1959, “Aloha is the power of God, seeking to unite what is separated in the world, the power that unites heart with heart, soul with soul, life with life, culture with culture, race with race, nation with nation, and man with woman.” Aloha is a very special word to me and helps me think of the ones closest to me.
When I was born, I was diagnosed with a heart condition known as Atrial Septal Defect or ASD. ASD means I had a hole in my heart that grew to be about 24-25 mm big, which is huge for a baby's heart. To put this in proportion, I had about ¼ of my heart open in my chest. Thankfully, when I was two years old, the doctors and nurses were able to find a non-evasive way of healing me. They made a small cut through the femoral vein in my right leg and guided a 24 mm Amplatzer Septal Occluder device through the vein and into my heart to close the hole. To this day, I see a cardiologist annually to check my heart to make sure that everything is going well. Because of the specialized surgery, my heart is healed.
Those doctors and nurses who were able to heal me are what the meaning of Aloha is to me. I am so thankful for what they were able to do. Not only did they Aloha me, but my family who were there throughout the whole thing. I don't remember this happening, but I know that they loved me and were making sure that I was doing amazing.
So what does Aloha mean to me? As Reverend Akaka said, "Aloha seeks to promote the true good of others." To me, what Reverand Akaka said means all the people who were there for me, not only during my heart operation but also throughout my life. My family, friends, teachers, and even coaches have all taught me the actual meaning of Aloha. And for that, I say Aloha to them because I know that all of us are heart to heart. I know that we all have God within us to bring the spirit of Aloha to life.
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, or Technical/Trade school as full-time students.
Scholarships in the amount of $500 will be awarded individually to the winning recipient(s).
General: All applications (click LVHCC Education Form 101 to get the updated 2019 form) and documents identified on the application
will be submitted to the LVHCC Education Committee at P.O. Box 97891 Las Vegas, NV 89193-7891. Use the back of the application if
more space is needed. The Education Committee will review all application packages and recommend award of the scholarship to the most
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).
The application period is closed for this year.
The scholarship application period and new award date are under development; the estimated opening is not earlier than late November 2019.
The scholarship awardee should plan to attend two LVHCC functions during the academic year in support of the LVHCC scholarship program.
For example, attending a General Membership Meeting and letting those in attendance know what they have been doing and how the
scholarship assisted their education.
Verification of college enrollment (class schedule) will be required before any monies are disbursed. Scholarship funds are normally applied
toward tuition, fees and other appropriate educational expenses.
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