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Hawaii Scholarships

by Mary Brito | Last Updated: April 8, 2022

Important Note: The purpose of this detailed listing is to help you plan your scholarship search throughout the year. Please find information below about scholarships for Hawaii students. Some of the deadlines may be from prior years. Scholarship deadlines are cyclical, so even if a deadline has passed, the website will likely be updated for the 2021-22 cycle. Be sure to reach out to the sponsor or check sponsor websites for the most recent details.

January

This will be awarded to high-achieving Hawaiʻi high school graduates. To be considered, students must meet the priority deadline for fall admission, the scholarship requirements, and be accepted to UH Mānoa. The deadline to apply is January 24th. Click here for more information.

 

This is awarded to 20 outstanding freshmen who received an SAT total score of at least 1340 or ACT combined score of at least 29, maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in academic subjects in high school, and whose extracurricular achievements are shown to be remarkable. This award covers full tuition waiver for four years of undergraduate study. This also gives them $4,000 a year and a one-time travel grant of $2,000. The deadline to apply is January  24th. More details here.

This is awarded to 10 college juniors who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 for all college level work, a record of sustained progress in academic courses, and evidence of superior academic achievement or creative endeavor. Presidential Scholars will receive a full tuition waiver for two years of undergraduate study. They will also receive $4,000 a year and a one-time travel grant of $2,000.  The deadline to apply is January 24th. Website found here.

 

This is for graduating seniors with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing undergraduate degrees. Preference is given to Native Hawaiian students. The deadline to apply is January 14th. Apply here.

 

This is for graduating seniors who intend to pursue a career in Hawaiian culture-based education. The deadline to apply is january 14th. Application found here.

 

This is for graduating high school seniors who are a member or dependent of an HGEA member (in good standing), attending a university, college, community college, vocational, trade school or pursuing any other post-high school study. The deadline is January 18th.  Apply here.

This is for local students studying dentistry and dental hygiene in Hawaii, or on the mainland, to encourage them to practice dentistry in the islands. Students must  demonstrate financial need and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.8. The deadline to apply is January 31st. Read more here.

February

This is up to $1000. This program is designed to help and support students financially to develop into future leaders in our community. 10 students will be selected for the scholarships, and it will be awarded based on the required written essay and eligibility. To be eligible, you must be a Hawaii resident,  a current High School senior, and accepted and enrolled full-time at a 4-year college or university. The deadline to apply is February 13th. Hawaii Self Storage Scholarship Flyer.pdf

 




This scholarship is available for Hawaii undergraduate and graduate students who are residents of a public housing unit. Students must have a grade point average of 2.7 or higher. The deadline to apply is February 12th. More info. here.

 

This is for high school seniors and college freshmen. To be eligible, you must reside in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho. You must also study humanities and social sciences. The amount varies and the deadline to apply is February 15th. More details here.

 

This scholarship is available for undergraduate and graduate students who are long-time residents of the Hamakua Coast on the island of Hawai’i and plan to attend a college or vocational school on the island of Hawai’i. Students must have a grade point average of 2.7 or higher. The deadline is February 15th. Read more here.

 

This recognizes outstanding all-around achievements of public and independent high school students. The program measures success in academics, athletics, community service, healthy activities, and sportsmanship. The deadline to apply is February 9th. Learn more here. 

 

This helps support undocumented medical and pre-medical students attending school in the LMSA West Region states (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho). This organization awards two scholarship recipients with a one-time scholarship, in the amount of $1,800. To be eligible, you must be committed to pursuing a career in medicine and dedicated to serving the Latino and underserved communities. The deadline to apply is February 15th. Read more here.

 

This is for $20,000. This is awarded to encourage students from Hawaii to work towards a career in Business. The Foundation awards scholarships to the most deserving applicants on the basis of academic standing, leadership ability, financial need, and a commitment to pursue a career in Business. In order to be eligible, students must have graduated from a public, private, or charter high school in Hawaii, or be on track to graduate at the end of the current academic year. Home schooled students are also eligible. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in high school and possibly college is required. The deadline to apply is February 22nd. Apply here.

 

Two scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded to two student teachers intending to teach in the Hawaii State Department of Education who are enrolled in a State Approved Teacher Education Program as a full-time undergraduate or post baccalaureate candidate in any state-approved or nationally accredited institution of higher learning or enrolled in a Hawaii STATE alternative licensure program. Scholarships are awarded to student teachers to minimize the need for employment during the student teaching semester. Applications will be available on February 1st. Learn more here.

 

This is for college juniors, seniors or graduate students of Hawaiian ancestry. Applicants must also have a minimum 2.7 GPA and be of Hawaiian ancestry. Preference is given to students studying Hawaiian studies or language. The deadline to apply is February 15th. More details here.

 

This is for women of Hawaiian ancestry pursuing a major in health, science or education (includes counseling & social work). Applicants must be either in undergraduate or graduate study. They must also have a minimum 3.5 GPA. The deadline to apply is February 15th. Apply here.

 

This helps further the education of ABC Stores’ employees and their dependents. To be eligible, applicants must have demonstrated financial need, have a minimum GPA of at least 2.7, and be an employee or dependent of an employee of ABC Stores or Company Island Gourmet Markets locations (Hawai’i, Nevada, Saipan and Guam). Preference will be given to students who have performed community service and who have extra curricular activities. The deadline to apply is February 15th. Read more here.

 

This scholarship was established to honor Ka’u High School seniors. Applicants must be residents of the State of Hawai’i, demonstrate financial need, and attend an accredited, two or four year, not-for-profit institution within the US. More info. here.

 

This provides many scholarships, which vary in the amount and the requirements. However, the deadline for all applications is February 15th. Website found here.

 

Interested high school seniors who will be continuing their education at an accredited college or university are invited to apply for the Hawaii Schools Federal Credit Union Scholarship and be considered for a $1,000 scholarship award. The deadline to apply is February 14th. Learn more here.

 

This is for graduating seniors who are children or grandchildren of a living Elk. The deadline to apply is February 7th. Apply here.

 

This provides wraparound services for success including dedicated Academic Navigator faculty providing life coaching and academic support; paid internships and employer-ready certification opportunities; culturally-sustaining curriculum and activities; professional development and service programs. To apply you must be majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Community and Public Health, Nursing, Forensics, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science or Data Science. The deadline to apply is February 15th. Read more here.

 

This provides wraparound services for success including dedicated Academic Navigator faculty providing life coaching and academic support; paid internships and employer-ready certification opportunities; culturally-sustaining curriculum and activities; professional development and service programs. Applicants must be majoring in Accounting, Business Administration, Communication, Integrated Marketing Communication or Data Analytics. The deadline is February 15th. More details here.

This scholarship is available for undergraduate and graduate students who are graduates of Campbell High School in Ewa Beach, HI. Students must have a grade point average of 2.7 or higher. The deadline to apply is February 15th. Website found here.

 

March

This is a $10,000 award and up to ten awards will be granted each year. Students must be age 21 and under and reside in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington or Wyoming. Students must also be high school seniors or graduates, who plan to enroll for the first time in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year. The deadline to apply is March 9th. More info. Here.

 

This is for $1,500. This is given to female applicants who are members of the Southwest Section of Ninety-Nines (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Utah, Nevada) and are pursuing a private pilot license or advanced certificate or rating. The deadline to apply is March 31st. Learn more here.

 

This covers full tuition for four years. This is for graduating students from a hawaiʻi high school. They must also be a bona fide resident of Hawaiʻi and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The deadline to apply is Marcy 1st. Application and eligibility requirements found here.

 

This is a need-based grant provided to Native Hawaiian students who demonstrate financial need. This scholarship is available to students across the UH System. The amount awarded will depend on the student’s financial need and funds available. To be eligible, Native Hawaiian students need only apply for financial aid through their campus financial aid offices. The deadline to apply is March 1st. Learn more here.

This promotes the pursuit of higher education by awarding scholarship grants to deserving Hawaii high school seniors with a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.5. They must also be accepted to a four-year college or university. The deadline to apply is March 26th. Read more here. 

 

The purpose of this Fund is to provide scholarships to students pursuing a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Funds shall only be used for costs associated with attendance such as tuition, fees, books, room and board. Applicants must be a full-time, undergraduate student entering their junior or senior year and pursuing a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences at UH Hilo. They must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. The deadline is March 1st. Website found here.

 

This is open to current full-time enrollees of a Hawaii college or university and majoring in Advertising or an Advertising-related field such as Graphic or Web design, Marketing, Journalism, Communications, etc. This is a one time amount of $2000 to be used towards school-related expenses and the deadline to apply is March 24th. Apply here.

 

Applicants must be geosciences majors (or a related field) who are U.S. citizens and members of the following underrepresented ethnic minority groups: African-American, Hispanic, and Native American (American Indian, Eskimo, Hawaiian, and Samoan). Related geosciences fields include geology, geophysics, hydrology, meteorology, physical oceanography, planetary geology, and earth-science education. This is for up to $10,000 per year and the deadline to apply is March 13th. Website found here.

 

This scholarship is available for college juniors, seniors and graduate students who were born in and attend college in Hawaii. Students must be primarily of Japanese ancestry, and have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The deadline to apply is March 1st. Learn more here.

 

This is available for Hawaii undergraduate students who are majoring in political science, international relations, international business or public administration. Students must have a grade point average of 2.7 or higher. The deadline to apply is March 1st. Apply here.

 

April

This is for $1,500. This is a regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state. To be considered, students must be in a school in Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming. The deadline to apply is April 31st. More details here.

 

This is an essay scholarship that recognizes students who personify and communicate ethics in the real world, as demonstrated through community service, personal integrity, and academic accomplishments. This opportunity is open to high school juniors and seniors from Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Western Wyoming. Each winning essay will receive a $2,000 scholarship to the school of their choice. The deadline is April 21st. Learn more here.

 

To be eligible, you must be a resident of Hawai‘i and be a full-time student in an accredited two- or four-year college as a classified undergraduate student or a vocational program full-time student in or out of the State of Hawai‘i. Applicants must also have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students. Priority is given to current paid members of Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu (HCCH), including directly related family members. The deadline to apply is April 30th. Instructions found here.

 

This is awarding five deserving high school seniors with $1,000 scholarships each to further their education in a vocational/technical school, 2 year college or a 4 year university. The deadline to apply is April 30th. More info. here.

 

This gives two Scholarships of $1500 to graduating High School seniors or post-secondary students annually. To be eligible, you must be a resident of East Hawai`i (Kohala-Naalehu). Preference will be given to graduating seniors whose major or minor is in Japanese studies. Post-secondary students, formerly from the island of Hawaii may also be considered. You must also be enrolled or planning to enroll at a college or university. Preference will be given to an applicant whose parent or guardian is a member of good standing of the Japanese Community Association of Hawai`i. The deadline to apply is April 2nd. Apply here.

 

May

This is for $2,000. This is given to Hawaiʻi residents who graduated from a high school after 2005, has at least a 3.0 high school grade point average, has completed a rigorous high school curriculum and demonstrates financial need.The deadline to apply is May 1st. Read more here.

 

This is for $1,500 and is available to high school seniors and undergraduate students in Hawaii who are enrolled in an AlohaCare member. The deadline to apply is May 12th. Read more here.

 

This gives two scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each. This is for graduating high school seniors who will enroll in any two or four year state or nationally accredited institution of higher learning. This scholarship is open only to HEA members, their children and/or their grandchildren. Preference is given to those intending to major in education. Members must also be in good standing and shall have been members for at least one year. The deadline to apply is May 14th. Website found here.

 

This is for $1,000.The scholarship provides financial assistance, along with industry mentorship provided by Women in Lodging & Tourism, to students who are currently attending an accredited college or university and pursuing a career in the field of hospitality, tourism and culinary arts. Students must be a resident of Hawai’i, enrolled in an accredited university or college, and maintain a 3.0 GPA. The deadline to apply is May 12th. Please click here to download the application. 

 

This is for $2,500 and is given to a Hawai‘i high school graduate. Candidates must be a graduating high school senior and admitted to a 2-year culinary school in Hawai‘i. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates a high level of academic achievement and leadership and expresses an interest in pursuing a culinary education and career. The deadline to apply is May 12th. Apply here.

 

This is for $2,000. Applicants must be a Hawaii resident; of Hawaiian ancestry; enrolled full-time at an accredited university/college in the United States majoring in hotel/lodging management; and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. This will be given to two students and the deadline to apply is May 12th. Application found here.

 

This is for $2,000. Applicants must be a Hawaii resident; enrolled full-time at an accredited university/college in the United States; majoring in hotel/lodging management; and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. One deserving student will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship.The deadline to apply is May 12th. Apply here.

 

This has been established for an education major, intending to teach in a Hawaii public school, elementary or secondary level. One $2,000 scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student currently attending an accredited institution of higher learning. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.2 or better. The deadline to apply is May 14th. More info. here.

 

Two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each are awarded to undergraduate and graduate, full-time college students pursuing a career in education in any two or four year state or nationally accredited institution of higher learning. Preference is given to HEA members, their children and/or their grandchildren. Members must be in good standing and shall have been members for at least one year. The deadline to apply is May 14th. More details here.

This is offering two $3,000 college scholarships to high school seniors in Hilo and one $3,000 college scholarship to high school seniors in Honoka`a. The 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. The deadline to apply is May 15th. Apply here.

 

This is for students who have been accepted/enrolled in an accredited United States College/University. They must also possess a minimum grade point average of 3.2, be a current Hawaii resident, and have a High School diploma. The deadline to apply is May 1st. Beacon of Light Book Scholarship

This is designed to assist graduating high school seniors, who are actively involved in the community, financial assistance towards their post-high school educational goals at a college or other post-secondary educational institution. This program will award two scholarships. Each awardee will receive $1,500 towards college tuition, books, or educational purposes. The deadline for submission is May 1st. Apply here.

 

This provides a $1,500.00 grant to a high school or undergraduate student within the state of Hawaii, who has been accepted for or attends full time enrollment in an accredited college or university, leading to a Bachelor’s Degree. The deadline is May 31st. Learn more here.

June

This ranges from $1,000 to $5,000. This is for individuals residing in states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) who are current MGMA members and enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management. The deadline to apply is June 1st. Read more here.

 

This ranges from $500 to $5,000. This is for students of Korean-American descent attending a school in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, or Washington. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. The deadline to apply is June 30th. Learn more here.

 

This must be a resident of Hawaii and a U. S. citizen. They must also be a junior or senior attending an accredited university or college and accepted in a hotel management program. They must even maintain a minimum 3.0 grade. The deadline for applications is June 30th. Apply here.

 

July

August

September

This is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential.The deadline to apply is September 15th. Read more here. 

This inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. Distinguished Young Women strives to give young women the opportunity to further their education and prepare for a successful future.The deadline to apply is September 17th.  Learn more here.  

 

October

This is for graduating seniors with a minimum 3.8 cumulative GPA. Applicants must have also demonstrated financial need (according to the 2020 federal poverty guidelines for Hawaii) and have demonstrated leadership and involvement in and outside of the school community. The deadline to apply is October 15th. Apply here. 

This is for graduating seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must have also participated in sports grade 9, 10, or 11, and proven leaders and role models within their school and community. The deadline to apply is October 19th. More details here.

 

This is for graduating seniors with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, are high-achieving with financial need, and will attend a four-year college or university. The deadline to apply is October 30th. Apply here.




November

December

To participate you must be single, born female, never given birth to a child, good moral standing, US citizen and a resident of Hawaii for at least (3) months, Latin/Hispanic ethnicity, and 18 year old (Senior in HS) to 25 years old. In addition to this, you must be a full time student or employed. All candidates must compete in private interview, on-stage interview/social impact pitch, talent, and evening gown. The deadline is December 31st. Apply here.

 

This is a highly competitive award for high school and college students interested in SEO and content marketing. Students applying must submit a brief essay explaining the best use of content marketing –the act of producing content to compel your audience to appreciate and share it– that they have seen. This is for $2,000 and the deadline to apply is December 20th. Application found here.

 

This is for $5000. All applicants must be enrolled in an accredited educational institution (kindergarten through graduate school) in the United States. All applicants must be ages 5-25, demonstrate on-going commitment to their community, be citizens or permanent residents of the United States, and reside in the contiguous United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. The deadline to apply is December 5th. Read more here. 

This is for graduating Hawaii high school females accepted and enrolled at Cottey College beginning in the Fall. The deadline to apply is December 31st. More details here.




Deadline's Vary

This is for a resident of the State of Hawaii and demonstrates financial need. Applicants must attend an accredited two or four year not for profit institution within the United States as either an undergraduate or graduate student. Be a full-time student as determined by your institution and maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA. Website found here.

 

This is a merit based scholarship for up to $66,400. This is given to incoming freshmen who are non-resident applicants to the University of New Mexico. Applicants must be from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington or Wyoming. It is renewable for four years, dependent on the completion of 15 credits and a 3.0 GPA each semester. Applicants must have an ACT of 22 or an SAT of 1100, and a cumulative 3.0 GPA. The deadline varies. More details here.

 

This is a merit-based scholarship for incoming students at the University of New Mexico who are non-resident applicants. Residents of  Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming  are eligible to apply. The scholarship is renewable for four years if 15 credits are completed each semester and a 3.0 GPA is maintained. The deadline varies. Learn more here.

To be considered, you must be a US Citizen or permanent resident and have a permanent residence within one of the following participating states/U.S. territories: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Guam, and Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. Must have a 3.4 GPA from high school, and maintain a 2.5 for renewal. Deadlines vary depending on which semester you apply for. More info. Here.

 

This is a scholarship program to provide free in-state tuition for qualified University of Hawai’i Community College students with financial needs. Read more here.

 

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Mary Brito is enrolled at the prestigious Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York Queens College. She is studying urban studies and political science and aspires to one day work in the nonprofit sector for a social justice organization. Knowing the difficulties, hardships, and struggles that students face on their journey to college, Mary offers insight on the ins and outs of college admissions, what colleges look for in personal statements and supplemental essays, and navigating the scholarship and paying for the college process. For fun, Mary likes to paint, travel, and explore the city with friends. She will also be a programming and residential life assistant for high school students in Building Community at Columbia University.