15 More Scholarships For Hawaii Students

The Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship Fund (HBLSF) is a scholarship created by Harriet Bouslog, who was the first attorney for Local 142 of the International Longshore and Warehouseman’s Union (ILWU Local 142). HBLSF was created in 1989 to help existing or retired members of ILWU Local 142 pay for their family’s college education. HBLSF was designed to give out 10 scholarships per year to high school seniors, with each recipient entitled to up to $16,000 in tuition support to attend the University of Hawaii over a four-year period.


HBLSF used to keep applications open year-round so students could submit their applications anytime. They marketed the scholarship through college counselors, newsletters and presentations to ILWU Local 142 union members, booths at college fairs, and through personal assistance for students who were looking to apply.  Yet they were unable to fill their scholarship class of ten each year, so they expanded the scholarship to include students in all levels of the University of Hawaii.  Still, they were unable to consistently fill the 40 undergraduate scholarship class.


“We never thought it would be this hard to get qualified applicants for our scholarship”

– Mark Bernstein-President Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship Fund


Scholars App listed the Harriet Bouslog Scholarship on their website and started marketing the scholarship to their students. In total Scholars App found over 200 students who qualified and were interested in applying for their scholarship which resulted in 30 applications submitted in a just a month.


“This is the most and best quality applicant pool that we have ever received!”

– Mark President Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship Fund


After reviewing all of the applications, they decided to award 25 scholarships instead of 10 this year and for the first time HBLSF has a full complement of undergraduate students receiving scholarships to attend the University of Hawaii. We literally doubled our total scholarship class and increased the amount we had been giving out by $23,500.


“We would not have been able to do this without Scholars App”

– Leah Treasurer Harriet Bouslog Labor Fund


Scholars App has a goal to send 1 million more students to college. The way we are going to achieve this goal is simple; create a platform through which the stories of deserving students can reach scholarship providers. By creating a platform that allows students to efficiently and effectively communicate their stories to donors, we hope to inspire existing donors to raise and distribute more money to their scholarship students as well as inspire and empower more people in the community to get involved with a scholarship of their own. When communities across the nation start to rally behind their students as the Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship  Fund did, we can send 1 million more students to college.