By Sasha Griffin, Hui O Na WahineMay 27, 2010
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The more than 300 members in Hui O Na Wahine, otherwise known as the Schofield Barracks All-Ranks Spouses Club, pride themselves on their good works to serve the Army community throughout the year.
The culmination of the group's efforts occurs each spring during the club's annual Scholarship and Welfare Dinner that was held recently, at the Nehelani Conference and Banquet Center, here.
Ten high school seniors received more than $12,000 in scholarship money this year, including Adrian Mathew Farrall, Kristin Ali Keith, Kearsten Sego, Ashlee Franklin, Sarah Nishioka, Alex Ruiz, Caitlan Webster, Elizabeth Francis, Joanne Hayag and Kacie Lundy.
Scholarships ranged from $2,500 to $350.
The scholarships were awarded based on several criteria, including academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community service and a written essay.
In addition to the 2010 high school award winners, Hui O Na Wahine handed out more than $6,000 to 11 continuing-education students.
The Hui also presented more than $42,000 in welfare grant checks to groups who have made an impact on military families. Those groups included Tripler Army Medical Center's Fisher House, the Schofield Sharks Booster Club, Dixon's Tae Kwon Do in Wahiawa, the Joint Spouses Conference, the National Military Family Association, Sgt. Yano Library, as well as several teachers who work at schools on-post.
The club was able to double the amount of money it gave to the community in 2009, with $60,000 this year.
Club members hope to provide $100,000 in scholarship and welfare grants next year.
Hui members focus on giving back to the community throughout the year. They volunteer their time working at the Hui Thrift Shop, which sells donated and consigned merchandise, and they participate in events to support worthy causes, such as finding a cure for breast cancer or bringing canned goods to the on-post food bank.
The Hui is open to all military spouses and has a two-fold mission: to serve as a social group where military spouses can meet and interact, and to spread the spirit of aloha across Oahu.
For more information, visit www.schofieldspousesclub.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.