Hawaii State FCU award $100,000 in scholarships to Hawaii students

20 Hawaii students received $5,000 each toward their college tuition

HONOLULU, HI (August 18, 2020)Hawaii State Federal Credit Union (Hawaii State FCU), Hawaii’s largest credit union lender with more than 117,000 members statewide, today announced the 20 recipients of its Lowell Kalapa Scholarship program who will share a combined total of $100,000 in scholarships, a $20,000 increase over 2019. Each student was awarded $5,000 to help with tuition at an accredited university, college or trade/vocational school for the 2020-2021 school year. The recipients range from students entering their first year of college, to graduate students pursuing advanced degrees.

“As many in our community are currently facing financial hardship, we’re proud to have been able to increase our scholarship funding from $80,000 to $100,000 in 2020,” said Andrew Rosen, president and CEO of Hawaii State FCU. “Hawaii State FCU has been investing in education for more than 20 years through the Lowell Kalapa Scholarship program, awarding nearly $800,000 in support of students pursuing their higher-education goals. We will continue to invest in education because we are committed to helping Hawaii’s keiki succeed.”

The scholarship recipients were selected based on financial need, academic merit and extracurricular activities. This year, four recipients are incoming freshmen, five are attending graduate school, and the remaining 11 are returning undergraduates. The following is a list of the 2020 Lowell Kalapa Scholarship recipients who attended public or private high schools on Oahu and Maui:

  • Seth Arakawa, University of Portland
  • Logan Brown, University of San Francisco
  • Cierralyn Cabral, University of Hawaii – Hilo
  • Cheysen Cabuyadao-Sipe, Whitman College
  • Candace Choe, Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • Keane Foster, University of Notre Dame
  • Taylor Gabriel-Remigio, University of Nevada – Las Vegas
  • Jailynn Hale, Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • Gabriella Johnson, Kapiolani Community College
  • Keahi Kahui, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Sheri Komori, Pacific University
  • Skylar Lee-Stefanov, University of Southern California
  • Aleeyah Lemons, Leeward Community College
  • Charlise Limjoco-Ragasa, University of Washington
  • Keith Nakamatsu, AT Still University of Health Sciences
  • Josiah Ohara, Azusa Pacific University
  • Trixie Rosal, University of San Francisco
  • Tatiana Soon, University of California, Davis
  • Kamryn Vinoray, Johnson & Wales University – Providence
  • Chelsea Yin, University of Hawaii at Manoa

The Lowell Kalapa Scholarship Program honors the late Lowell Kalapa, former president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii and former Hawaii State FCU board member. Established in 1996, Hawaii State FCU’s Lowell Kalapa Scholarship Program has awarded nearly $800,000 in scholarships to help Hawaii’s best and brightest students pursue their higher education goals. For more information about the scholarship program, visit

About Hawaii State Federal Credit Union

Hawaii State Federal Credit Union (Hawaii State FCU) was founded in 1936. Serving state, city and county employees as well as non-profits and select businesses and their families across the state, Hawaii State FCU has more than 120,000 members and $2.3 billion in assets. Hawaii State FCU provides financial advising, checking, savings and loan services on Oahu and Maui. For more information, visit


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