People can vote for as many essays as they choose, but only get one vote per essay. Students are encouraged to share their essay with friends and family or on social media to generate more votes. Only votes from the scholarship website will be considered. Only one essay per state will be chosen to receive the $2,000 scholarship. 

Jolei Kealohi Akima – Kamehameha Schools Kapalama

If you are someone who has it in your heart to give to those in need, you should be able to ask questions of the charity and receive reasonable answers so you can decide whether or not you want to donate to this charity.

Because you want your donations to help someone or something, its ok to ask how much of your donation will go to the charity you selected. If you donate money, you may want to know how much of your money is used for the purpose for which you gave. If you donate food, clothing or other items, you can ask how will they be distributed.

You can search up a charity for any complaints, if they have bad reviews or are scams and look for information about the programs you want to support.

Use the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance at http://www.give.org/ to search up charities and check the trustworthiness of charities. If you spot a business or offer that sounds like an illegal scheme or fraud? Tell the Better Business Bureau about it. Help them investigate and warn others by reporting what you know.

The BBB Scam tracker indicates consumers between the age of 18-24 have a high susceptibility to become victims of scams. Knowing this, changes should be made t protect yourself and friends from becoming a victim. Because there are many fraudulent charities, if you still have doubts about a charity after checking on them, don’t contribute to it. You can find another nonprofit that does the same kind of work and makes you feel comfortable, then make your donation.

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