Posted on Oct 14, 2017
Rotary Club of Hickam Pearl Harbor guest speaker on 12 Oct 2017, Kristine Westmoreland, shared with the club the history if the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation - sharing the link between Rotary and Foodland in Hawaii.
The Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation, (HRYF) was founded by Maurice J. "Sully" Sullivan during his year as Rotary's District Governor in Hawaii, 1976-77.  It was Sully's  desire to assist Hawaii's high school graduates realize their potential by attending a college or university of their choice here in Hawaii or on the mainland United States.  He felt that HRYF could be the vehicle to teach our young people about the advantages of the free enterprise system, the basis of our democracy.
 
The Foundation was incorporated in the State of Hawaii as a non-profit on September 3, 1976, with “Sully” as its president until July 1, 1986, when he assumed the position of Chairman of the Board of Trustees.  Since then, six others have served as President.  Included in this number are three Past District Governors.
 
The first scholarship was granted in 1977 and since then HRYF has awarded 1,702 scholarships with a total value of $6.2 million dollars.   In memory of “Sully”, who passed away on February 28, 1998, the Maurice J. Sullivan Scholar Award was established.  Each year one outstanding student will receive this scholarship grant in the amount of $10,000.  In 2008, HRYF established the Joanna Lau Sullivan Scholar Award.  This $10,000 award is given to an outstanding student attending a 4-year college or university in Hawaii.   
 
Scholarship awards are $5,000 for graduating Hawaii high school seniors applying as a full-time student to an accredited four-year college or university in the United States to earn a baccalaureate degree.   These scholarships are non-transferable one-time grants that need not be repaid.
 
HRYF programs are financed by contributions from Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, individuals and various foundations.  HRYF has a permanent endowment fund which is managed by a professional investment firm.  Funds from investment income provide for scholarship purposes.  In July 1994, The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation favored HRYF with an endowment grant of $1,000,000 with which to expand our scholarship program.  The interest and earnings amount of our endowment fund and the Weinberg gift are used to fund our scholarships.  This assures us of having funds available for future awards and the preservation of the principal. 
 
Donations can be made through your Rotary Club representative or directly to HRYF, 3536 Harding Avenue, Honolulu, HI  96816.
 
HRYF maintains an office in the Foodland Building in Kaimuki.  The only paid individual is a part-time Admin. Assistant.  Phone/Fax 735-1073, email address hryf@hawaii.rr.com and website at www.hryf-d5000.org.
 
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