HEPA Offering Three $3,000 College Scholarships in Hilo and Honoka'a

(Hilo, May 9, 2017) The Hawaii Emergency Physicians Associated, Inc. (HEPA), the physicians who staff the emergency room at Hilo Medical Center and Hale Hoola Hamakua in Honokaa, is offering two (2) $3,000 college scholarships to students in Hilo and (1) $3,000 college scholarship to students in Honokaa. The three awardees will receive $1,500 per semester. 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 Hoola 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 Wednesday, May 31, 2017.


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

  1. Submit the following documents by the May 31 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
  2. ​​Send 2 letters of reference from teachers, counselors employers or other individuals who are familiar with your character and potential. Include relationship to you.
  3. Mail all required documents for:

Hilo Area Students to:                                                Honokaa Area Students to:

Elena Cabatu                                                     Faith Olivera

Director of Marketing                                         Emergency Department Nurse Manager

Hilo Medical Center                                           Hale Hoola 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 nationally recognized 4-star 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 over 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 nearly 48,000 patients annually. 

In 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ranked HMC 4 stars for Overall Hospital Quality, putting our hospital in the top 20% in the nation, among the top 5 hospitals in the state, and named HMC the only 4-star hospital on Hawaii Island. Also in 2016, our Intensive Care Unit was designated as a bronze level for Beacon Award of Excellence – only the second ICU in the state to receive this designation. HMC received the 2016 American Heart Association Gold Plus Award for heart failure. HMC has also been 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. 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. HMC 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.