St. Augustine Student Scholarship Program
St. Augustine’s awards scholarships to students attending college and vocational schools for the each year. The scholarships are one of many outreach programs of St. Augustine designed to assist students with their tuition and cost of living expenses while attending college. The scholarships represent a spiritual and financial support by the church of the educational pursuits of the students. The scholarship fund is one of the larger educational funds available to students in North Kohala.
To qualify, each Episcopal student shall submit an application detailing their reasons for applying, along with copies of transcripts or acceptance letters. The St. Augustine Scholarship Committee reviews all of the applicants and allocates funds based on need and participation of the student at St. Augustine, and whether the student is attending a university in Hawai`i or on the mainland.
The fund is renewed annually with the goal to distribute all of the monies each year; as a result the amount available for individual scholarships varies each year. The money for the fund is given anonymously by church members.
During the awards ceremony, students share their educational goals and progress with the congregation. The congregation follows the progress of the students through their college experience and learns about the financial challenges in today’s educational environment. Most of the students work to pay for school, with several students working several jobs while also attending classes.
Recipients & their families in 2013 (above) and 2012 (below).