HEPA Offering Five $1,000 College Scholarships in Hilo and Honokaa

(Hilo, March 31, 2016) The Hawaii Emergency Physicians Associated, Inc. (HEPA), the physicians who staff the emergency room at Hilo Medical Center and Hale Ho'ola Hamakua in Honokaa, is offering four (4) $1,000 college scholarships to students in Hilo and (1) $1,000 college scholarship to students in Honoka'a. The aim of these scholarships is to assist graduating high school students from the East Hawaii region, who without financial assistance, would have no opportunity to attend college.  The most important considerations in the HEPA selection criteria are financial and familial hardship.

Application forms are available at the Hilo Medical Center Administration office and Hale Ho'ola Hamakua Administration office or by clicking here or scrolling below.  For more information, call Elena Cabatu at 932-3160. Completed application forms and all required documents must be received by Monday, May 16, 2016.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Must show compelling financial need.

  2. Must be from East Hawaii.

  3. Must be a full-time classified student during scholarship year.

  4. Must be a graduating high school student.


Application Procedure

  • Submit the following documents by the May 16 deadline.

    • Application form

    • Photo copy of most recent report card or transcripts

    • Photocopy of SAR report or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for applicable school year

  • Send 2 letters of reference from teachers, counselors employers or other individuals who are familiar with your character and potential. Include relationship to you.

  • Mail all required documents for:

    Hilo Area Students                                       Honoka'a Area Students

    Elena Cabatu                                                  Faith Olivera

    Director of Marketing                                    Emergency Department Nurse Manager

    Hilo Medical Center                                       Hale Ho'ola Hamakua

    1190 Waianuenue Avenue                              45-547 Plumeria Street

    Hilo, HI 96720                                                 Honokaa, Hawaii 96727

    Attn: HEPA Scholarship Committee              Attn: HEPA Scholarship Committee


About Hilo Medical Center

As the Big Island's leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care, Hilo Medical Center (HMC) delivers a full range of services and programs. Our 20-acre campus consists of 276 beds located throughout the 137-bed acute hospital, 20-bed behavioral health unit and a 119-bed long-term care facility. We have 1,000 employees and a medical staff comprised of 250 physicians, physician assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, representing 33 specialties. As a medical center, we have a network of nine outpatient clinics offering primary and specialty care. The hospital is a Level III Trauma Center which includes the second busiest emergency room in the state that provides 24-hour care to more than 44,000 patients annually. 

HMC ranks in the top 2% of hospitals in country and best in the state of Hawaii for preventing Hospital Acquired Conditions, according to CMS in 2015. The hospital is also a recipient of the 2015 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and a past recipient of the Mountain Pacific Quality Health's Quality Achievement Award. In 2015, we received the American Heart Association Gold Award for cardiac care. In 2013 and 2014, we were also recognized for quality long term care by Providigm for Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement Accredited Facility and Embracing Quality Award for the Prevention of Hospital Readmissions. Our long term care met the requirements for the American Health Care Association's Three Tier Level Quality Initiative Recognition Program.

In 2014, HMC's EMR team, HealthConnect, attained the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) Meaningful Use Stage 2. In addition, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recognized HMC for achieving Stage 7 on the EMR Adoption ModelSM. HMC was received the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award for Excellence in 2015 for demonstrating EMR utilization to improve quality of care and financial management.

We are part of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, a public entity established in 1996 by the State of Hawaii to fulfill the promise to provide quality, hometown healthcare. For more information, go to: www.hilomedicalcenter.org.