The fun was in full swing at the King Kamehameha Golf Club on Saturday, July 27. That’s when more than 114 golfers hit the links for a good cause during the Realtors Association of Maui Community Foundation (RAMCF) Presidential Scholarship Golf Event.

This year’s event had all the trimmings: a continental breakfast, helicopter ball drop, longest drive and closest-to-the-hole contests, a chance to win a brand-new BMW sedan, and an awards luncheon with live entertainment.

And of course, there was the biggest thrill of all: The golf event raised $11,000 for RAM’s Presidential Scholarship Fund, which has awarded $750,000 in academic scholarships to college-bound high school seniors and past scholarship recipients since its inception in 1989. Funds for the scholarship program are raised through events like the RAMCF Presidential Scholarship Golf Event, RAM’s Installation Luncheon, the Maui Visitor Industry Charity Walk, RAM’s Big Deal fundraiser and the “RAM’s Got Talent” show at the Historic Iao Theater.

To be eligible for the scholarship award, students must be a high school senior or a former recipient of the scholarship (from the previous three years) and they must be in the process of applying or reapplying to an accredited college or university or trade school. Applicants must also be full-time Maui County residents who are currently attending—or have previously attended—a public or private high school in Maui County; however, students attending private high schools off island will be considered residents of Maui County if they are living off island for the specific purpose of attending that private high school. Current GED participants are also encouraged to apply for the scholarship award.

Once they receive the completed applications, the members of RAM’s Presidential Scholarship Fund Review Committee carefully evaluate each applicant based on a number of criteria, including financial need, scholastic achievement, career goals, school activities and community activities. In addition, applicants are required to submit a written personal statement that answers the question: “Who are you?” They are also asked to write about their interests, concerns and expectations, as well as why receiving the scholarship is important to them.

Each year, the members of RAM’s Presidential Scholarship Fund Review Committee determine the total number of scholarship recipients. And what makes this scholarship program unique is that past recipients can apply every year they are in school (up to four years).

All of the scholarship recipients, along with their immediate family members, are invited to RAM’s General Membership meeting, which is held every year in July. There, they are honored on stage with a certificate and lei and then treated to a private luncheon, where they have an opportunity to mingle with the review committee members, as well as their fellow scholarship recipients.

RAM hosts a number of events throughout the year to support its philanthropic arm, the RAMCF. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2007, the RAMCF makes a difference in the lives of Maui County youth through RAM’s Presidential Scholarship Fund and the Wishing Well…for Maui Students program, which has contributed more than $1.65 million in goods, supplies and services to public schools countywide. In 2018, RAM added housing concerns as an objective of the foundation; last fall, RAM members raised $29,200 to help Ka Hale A Ke Ola (KHAKO) Homeless Resource Centers install a much-needed children’s playground at its facility in Wailuku.

To learn more about RAM’s Presidential Scholarship Fund, visit www.ramaui.com/foundation/presidential-scholarship.

The Maui News – August 19, 2019

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