CCSD seniors who have a minimum 2.5 GPA and 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.
Student must attend the college/university full-time by taking a minimum of twelve credit hours per semester.
One scholarship in the amount of $500 will be offered.
Verification of college enrollment (class schedule) will be required during the summer before 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
2019 Application Deadline has passed for this year's application. See below for this year's winner!
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I strive to obtain wisdom mostly through my family and personal experiences. Family is everything to me. My grandparents left all they owned in 1969 to come to America to give their future generations a better life and freedom. Cuban tradition is one thing that is stressed in our family. One thing my mother has always taught me is to work hard so my grandparents efforts and sacrifices do not go in vain.
I was born weighing only 1 lb. 12 oz. after a gunman went into my mother’s work threatening to kill everyone and my mother went into shock and early labor with me. I was in special education classes until third grade. I worked hard to build myself up educationally to meet my goal of enrolling in high school honors classes. Although I am considered a vision impaired student through the school district 504 plan, I still have limited vision to read. I have overcome bullying, abuse by my biological father, disabilities and stayed focused on obtaining my goals. My biological father was abusive, and my mother went to court to fight for sole custody. Our family stayed united with my grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins to pull through and fight for justice. I now have a caring stepfather and happy family. Working hard to obtain goals is something that has always been stressed to me in my family.
Throughout the years, my family has always stood by my side and believed in me. We are a united family and I feel extremely grateful and blessed to have their love and support. My family has taught me to turn tragedy into triumph. I have accepted an early enrollment to UNLV and I plan on studying medicine so I can help the most vulnerable members of our community. The doctors and nurses that assisted me inspired me. I also plan on joining the UNLV orchestra and my continuing my passion for cello. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Ho'omaika'i 'ana ia 'oe to Ava Incera, Liberty High School, our 2019 Founder's Scholarship winner!
See her winning essay below the pictures