Hawkins' Scholar Overview

Project Equal Access provides funding in support of diverse teacher candidates currently enrolled in special education teacher licensure programs at the College of Education. Candidates were selected given their diverse characteristics and needs, allowing them to receive supplemental funding to cover additional programmatic costs, such as textbooks, technology, travel from neighboring islands to attend face-to-face sessions at UH Mānoa, and to help offset student teaching requirements. Funding is provided to remove barriers and financial hardships for diverse candidates as they work towards licensure and workforce development.

A total of 70 candidates were awarded for SY 23-24, providing a total of $96,600 in funding and candidates representing targeted areas in building a more diverse educator workforce:

  • Locale: (a) 49 on Oahu ($66,150), and (b) 21 on neighboring islands ($30,450)
  • Multilingual: 20% who are multilingual (self-reported “advanced” in two or more languages). Languages represented: English, Tagalog, Ilocano, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Pidgin, American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Ethnicity: 13% Native Hawaiian, 24% Filipino/a/x, 30% Japanese, 7% African American, 24% Chinese, and 47% Caucasian

When asked “Why would receiving this funding be important to you?” recipients shared:

I would use this grant to help cover the costs of some of my responsibilities, for example, my daughter’s daycare fees. Feeling confident that my daughter’s care is secure will ensure that I can be fully present at my school placement while student teaching.

“Receiving this grant funding would be important to me because it would help to alleviate some stress in my life. I am balancing work, school, and personal life and my source of income is a constant theme in all of those settings.”

“I would use this grant for rent, food, and basic needs. I would take a couple days off of my restaurant job so that I could study for the classes I am taking at UH and have more time for lesson planning for my students. The extra time to work on school would be extremely helpful and I would also be able to prioritize my own health. “

April 2024 Scholars