By Katherine Collins, Hui 'O Na WahineMay 12, 2015
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- The Hui 'O Na Wahine, Schofield Barracks All Ranks Spouses Club, awarded $120,000, recently, at a ceremony at the Hui Thrift Shop, here.
The amount is one of the largest donations ever awarded by the spouses club.
Some $100,000 in welfare grants went to 29 recipients this year, ranging from the USO and Armed Services YMCA to schools and scouting organizations. The grants funded projects, such as training service dogs for wounded warriors, first aid and CPR training, teaching military children about STEM fields through fun activities, and enabling military kids to compete in sports and go camping.
Each organization gave an explanation of how they serve the military community, what percentage of their members are military and an itemized project proposal for consideration.
The Hui awarded an additional $20,000 in merit scholarships to military members and their families here. Ten scholarships were awarded to high school seniors and to current college students continuing their education in a fully accredited college or university.
The scholarship committee evaluated applicants on several criteria, including academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community service, leadership, recommendations and a written essay.
Members of the Hui Governing Board hosted the ceremony and cupcake reception at the Hui Thrift Shop because it is the primary source for the organization's funding.
"We appreciate the work that you and your organizations do to support the military and greater Hawaii community," said outgoing Hui President Shawna Hall.
Hui Welfare Chair Tammie Droppleman and Hui Scholarship Chair Laura Musico recognized the recipients and distributed checks.
"Every year, the Hui 'O Na Wahine provides financial support to local community groups that support services and activities for our military members and families," said Droppleman. "The vast majority of funds are sourced through our Thrift Shop. The impact to our community is substantial, so whether you donate goods, volunteer in the Thrift Shop or make purchases, you are supporting our military community."
(Note: Collins is the Hui 'O Na Wahine Hui publicity chair.)