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HAHPERD Student Scholarship


The Hawaii Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance offers two $750 scholarships for
high school seniors and two $1250 scholarships for college/university students who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching health, physical education, dance or recreation leadership for the 2022-23 school year.

For eligibility requirements and more information go HERE!

Application forms are available on the following links on ScholarsApp for the 2022-2023 for interested students. 

The application deadline is February 28th, 2022.

Delores M. Curtis Undergraduate Travel Grant

Dr. Delores Curtis has established the Undergraduate Travel Fund to introduce students in physical education teacher education to the lifelong learning opportunities of attending conventions of professional organizations. Find more information about the Undergraduate Travel Award HERE!

Check back in the Fall to Apply!

HAHPERD Presentation Grant

To provide financial support to HAHPERD members who give a presentation at an SHAPE America National or District Convention or a Professional national or district convention, HAHPERD sponsors two $500 grants a year.

The criteria:
  1. Is a current HAHPERD professional member and has been for at least two consecutive years
  2. Has not received a grant in the last five years
  3. Agrees to also present your presentation at the HAHPERD State Conference or a workshop within a year of receiving funding
  4. Agrees to write an informational piece for the HAHPERD Newsletter within a year of receiving funding 

If you are interested in applying for a grant:

  1. You may get an application form HERE
  2. If you have questions please email hahaperd808@gmail.com

Deadline for submitting an application is no less than two months before the conference/convention you are presenting at. 

HAHPERD 2020-2021 Scholarship Recipients

There were no scholarships awarded for the 2021-2022 school year. However, it is with great pleasure that HAHPERD announces the two college scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year. These scholarships are awarded to candidates interested in teaching health, physical education and dance. College applicants receive $1250 and high school seniors receive $750.  Congratulations to this year’s recipients.  If you know of anyone interested in applying for the HAHPERD Scholarship, applications for the 2022-2023 are posted further up on this webpage.


Reina Yamashita

Ms. Yamashita graduated from Kaiser High School in 2018. She currently attends the University of Hawaii – Manoa Campus as an undergraduate majoring in dance. This is her second year of receiving the HAHPERD Scholarship.  She says that ultimately, her goal as a teacher is to share her love for dance with all of students and want students to develop a strong and positive mindset towards dance.

Here is a little about herself:

I started dancing ballet when I was 5 years old at the school of Hawaii State Ballet. As I grew older, I came to realize that ballet was not simply my hobby, but rather my passion. Before I graduated from middle school I was dancing 6 days a week for many hours a night. I had many rough patches throughout the years, but thanks to my supportive friends and family and my encouraging instructors I was able to push through them.

During my early high school years, I got surgery on one of my ankles because of an extra bone that kept getting inflamed. I was distraught, not knowing whether I would still be able to dance; however, I was extremely happy to be able to slowly work my way back into dance because of my physical therapist. 

I was about halfway through with high school when I began teaching a class of younger ballet dancers alongside my former director. Being able to teach a class of my own is a very rewarding experience because I am able to see the student’s progress, make mistakes, and improve. The HAHPERD scholarship will help me in achieving my goals. I believe that it is important to understand dance and for dance teachers to understand the body as well.

Maria Houar

Ms. Houar graduated from Seabury Hall in 2001. She currently attends the University of Hawaii – Manoa Campus as a doctoral student majoring in dance. Her aim is to make contributions to her local dance community and university by bridging cross-cultural connections between Hawai’i, India, and other places where she has taught. It is her hope to foster and build these connections so that future generations may find ways to experience the potential for shared global movement knowledge to transform the world, as we know it.

Here is a little about herself:

I am honored to be the 2020 HAHPERD Graduate Scholarship recipient. I was raised on the islands of Kaua’i and Maui, and I am a Ph.D. student in Performance Studies, researching dance at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. I first learned to dance from my mother, who was a dance major at the university in the late 1970s, and so I feel that in many ways, my Kuleana to this dance community goes back to before I was born. After receiving my Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Mills College in Oakland, CA, I had the opportunity to teach internationally in places like India and Europe, before I returned to Hawai’i in 2015. This award will provide support for me to continue my dance and performance research in my Ph.D. program, as well as to pursue a certificate in Disability Studies at UH Manoa. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated to me that we can do more to provide accessibility supports for individuals with disabilities to participate in dance training, physical activities, health services, as well as work opportunities. With this award, I have the ability to devote further energy toward on-campus service as a member of the Graduate Student Organization Executive Council, which works for the betterment of both the UHM and Honolulu community. 

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