HFS Federal Credit Union awards $25,000 in scholarships to Big Island students

HILO, HI (July 2, 2021) — The pandemic has changed the college experience for many students, however the cost of higher education still continues to add up quickly. HFS Federal Credit Union understands how overwhelming these costs can be, which is why the Credit Union awards scholarships each year to help Big Island students pursue their dreams and decrease the financial burden that comes with it.

Over the past 10 years, HFS FCU has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships to over 60 student members to assist with their college expenses. The Big Island has many hard-working and talented students, and this year the Credit Union received a number of applications from these excellent students. HFS FCU is excited to announce the high school and college 2021 HFS FCU Scholarship recipients. Each student will receive $2,500 to help fund their 2021-2022 school year. Congratulations to the following students:

–      Nicholas Barrick (Hawai’i Preparatory Academy)
–      Kyrie Bartolome (Waiakea High School)
–      Alexander Bell (Kealakehe High School)
–      Reygenald Ines (Kealakehe High School)
–      Jairus Iwasaki (University of Hawai’i at Manoa)
–      Leilani Penaloza (Brigham Young University Hawaii)
–      Sophia Perry (Kamehameha Schools Hawai’i)
–      Mersaydeez Rocha (Konawaena High School)
–      Sheilyn Subia (Honoka’a High & Intermediate School)
–      Elimar Valencia Utrera (University of Rochester)

HFS FCU releases applications at the beginning of each year, offering scholarships for both graduating Big Island high school seniors pursuing a 2 or 4-year degree, as well as current college students pursuing a 2-year, 4-year, or graduate degree. For more information, please contact the Credit Union at (808) 930-1400 or our website at

About HFS Federal Credit Union

HFS Federal Credit Union (HFS FCU) is the largest not-for-profit and member-owned financial institution on Hawai’i Island. Established by just nine individuals in 1937, HFS started with very humble beginnings. The Credit Union continued to grow from serving just employees of the Federal and Territorial Governments in the County of Hawai‘i and their families, to now offering membership to any person who lives, works, or attends school on Hawai’i Island.


Winnie Makaea
HFS Federal Credit Union
(808) 930-1459


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