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Scholarships

UPDATED:  December 3, 2019

 

2020 Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation Scholarship

The Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation awards a $2,000 scholarship to a senior from each qualifying high school in the State of Hawaii.  Students nominated by their schools become eligible for additional Foundation awards of up to $10,000.  An electronic application, a checklist of required documents and deadlines for submitting your application to your school counselor can be found online at http://takitanifoundation.org/for-students/.  Once the application is complete, print and sign it, obtain the necessary signature from your parent or guardian, and submit the completed application and all required materials to Ms. Himuro by February 3, 2020. 

 

Pauahi Foundation

The Pauahi Foundation would like to announce the opening of its 2020-2021 online scholarship application on December 25, 2019.  This year, their offerings total more than 100 privately financed funds that are open to the general public with the understanding that they do have a preference policy which states that preference is given to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.  For more information and to apply, visit https://apps.ksbe.edu/financialaid/post-highscholarships/pauahifoundation/. Deadline to apply is February 7, 2020.

 

Ukulele Festival Hawaii College Scholarship Program

The Ukulele Festival Hawaii College Scholarship Program is funded by Ukulele Festival Hawaii, a non-profit organization founded in 2004. Ukulele Festival Hawaii builds public awareness and interest in the ukulele as an instrument of virtuoso quality promoting Hawaii’s arts and culture through education, scholarships, and the annual free ukulele festivals.  To be eligible for the $2,000 scholarship, students must: be a current graduating high school senior and resident of Hawaii, be accepted for admission to an accredited college or university, have a passion for the ukulele, and be of good character and provide meaningful community service.  Applications are available online at https://www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.org/en/scholarship-information.htm.  The deadline to apply is April 30, 2020.

 

Paubox Kahikina Scholarship

The primary objective of the Paubox Kahikina Scholarship is to encourage Native Hawaiians to pursue careers in computer science and software development.  The Paubox Kahikina Scholarship is recurring in nature.  In other words, recipients receive $1,000 per year until they graduate (5 year maximum).  For more information and to apply online, visit https://scholarsapp.com/scholarship/kahikina-scholarship/.  The deadline to apply is May 31, 2020.

 

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program awards $20,000 to 20 high school, college-bound seniors across the nation for being exemplary leaders on their sports teams, in their classrooms, and in their communities.  The college scholarship, sponsored by the Foot Locker Foundation, is intended to help phenomenal student-athletes pursue their dreams of attending and excelling at a four-year college/university.  Applications, available at http://footlockerscholarathletes.com, are due on January 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm EST.

 

Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation Scholarship Program

For the 2020 year, each participating Rotary Club will select a student to receive a $5,000 HRYF scholarship for tuition only.  From these selections made by Rotary Clubs, an HRYF committee then selects one student attending a mainland university to receive a $10,000 Maurice J. Sullivan  scholarship and another student attending a university in Hawaii to receive the $10,000 Joanna L. Sullivan scholarship, instead of the $5,000 Club award.  No student can receive more than one scholarship from the Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation.  Applicants must be graduating Hawaii high school seniors who will be attending, as full-time students, an accredited 4-year college or university in Hawaii or on the US Mainland to earn a baccalaureate degree.  Applicants must also be US citizens and legal residents of Hawaii.  Applications are available in the CCC.  The deadline to apply is February 7, 2020.

 

Hawaii Community Foundation

Hawaii Community Foundation has over $4.5 million available for scholarships from more than 200 funds to make the road to college easier.  Just complete their online application process to be matched to their multiple scholarships.  Log onto Scholarship Manager via the Hawaii Community Foundation website and begin your 2019-2020 Common Application online.  Visit www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org for more information.  The Hawaii Community Foundation 2020-2021 Common Application will open on November 15, 2019 and must be submitted by January 31, 2020 at 4:00 pm, Hawaii Standard Time with all your supporting materials.

 

University of Hawaii at Manoa New Warrior Scholarships (Regents & Provost Achievement)

Students with certain gpa’s and test scores are eligible to apply for academic scholarships from UH Manoa.  Students with at least a 3.5 gpa and minimum SAT or ACT scores of 1340 or 29 can apply for the Regents Scholarship which includes a full tuition scholarship, $4,000 per year stipend, and $2,000 travel grant.  Students with at least a 3.5 gpa and minimum SAT or ACT scores of 1310 or 28 can apply for the Provost Achievement Scholarship, which is a $10,000 per year scholarship.  The application to apply for both scholarships is the same and is available online at https://uhsys.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com.  The deadline to apply is January 15, 2020.

 

University of Hawaii System Scholarships

Students planning to attend any of the University of Hawaii System Campuses are encouraged to fill out the Common Scholarship Application available online for the 2020-2021 academic year: https://uhsys.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com.  By completing one application, students can be considered for numerous scholarships, including those not based on merit or financial need.  The deadline to apply is March 2, 2020.

 

Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi Scholarship

The Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi Program (NHAP) is a need-based scholarship available to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited post-high institution in the United States recognized by Kamehameha Schools (KS). Preference is given to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.  The application is now available online at https://apps.ksbe.edu/financialaid/post-highscholarships/ks-college-scholarships/na-ho%ca%bbokama-a-pauahi/.  The deadline to apply is Friday, January 31, 2020.

 

Filipino Women’s League Scholarship

The Filipino Women’s League Scholarship application is now available.  Eligible students must be of Filipino ancestry, have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher, and plan to enroll as a full-time student at a college in Hawaii.  The scholarship organization is called the Filipino Women’s League, but is open to all genders!  The application is available online at https://scholarsapp.com/scholarship/filipino-womens-league/. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020.

 

Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation 2019 Scholarship

The Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation is an organization created to support the development and growth of individual athletes and teams that compete in local, national, and international athletic competitions.  All student athletes competing in water sports or volleyball can apply for Ambassadors of Aloha Scholarships.  Students must also have at least a 3.0 GPA and be involved in community service.  The application is available online at www.dukefoundation.org.   Deadline to apply is November 24, 2019.

 

Fukunaga Scholarship Foundation

The Fukunaga Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships to Hawaii residents pursuing degrees in Business Administration, or other business-related fields, at any accredited four-year college or university.  Four-year scholarships are awarded to students just entering college in increments of $5,000 annually.  Assuming eligibility is maintained, a total of $20,000 will be awarded over four years.  These awards will cover only the remainder of the student’s originally approved undergraduate program’s cost.  The Fukunaga Scholarship Foundation anticipates awarding approximately 10 new scholarships.  Visit https://www.servco.com/giving-back/scholarships/ for more information and to apply.  The application deadline is February 14, 2020.

 

Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship Fund

The Harriet Bouslog Labor Scholarship was established to demonstrate support for, as well as to commemorate the historic achievements of the ILWU and encourage greater awareness and understanding among young people about the ILWU’s economic, social, and political contributions to Hawaii.  The Scholarships provides college opportunities for children of ILWU Local 142 members whose struggles made Hawaii the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic community it is today.  The Scholarship is open to the family members of existing and retired ILWU 142 members.  You must have applied for admission to, or be currently enrolled at, any of the 10 University of Hawaii system schools (four-year universities and community colleges), on a full-time basis.  Applications are available online at https://scholarsapp.com/scholarship/harriet-bouslog-labor-scholarship/. The deadline to apply is April 24, 2020.

 

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute awards more than $1 million in college scholarships to exceptional student leaders each year. High school seniors nationwide who demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship are invited to apply for the 2020 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. This program annually provides college-bound students with $10,000 renewable scholarships – up to $40,000 total per recipient – and supports them as they lead and serve in college and beyond.  Applications for the 2020 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program are accepted until January 3, 2020.  Additional information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the application are available online at https://www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/ge-reagan-foundation-scholarship-program/

 

Hawaii Self Storage Student Scholarships

Since 2005, Hawaii Self Storage (HSS) has awarded financial scholarships to eligible students to pursue and obtain a college degree.  This program is designed to help and support students financially to develop into future leaders in our community.  Eligible students must be Hawaii residents graduating from a high school in the State of Hawaii with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Apply online at https://scholarsapp.com/scholarship/hawaii-self-storage-student-scholarship/.  The deadline to apply is February 15, 2020.

 

Charles R. Kendall Scholarship

Students who are Hawaii Government Employees Association dependents may apply for the Charles R. Kendall Scholarship.  For over 50 years, HGEA has been able to provide scholarship awards to deserving students to help offset the cost of higher education.  For the current 2019-2020 school year, the scholarship fund awarded 5 - $2,500 and 22 - $1,500 for a total of $45,500.  To be eligible, applicants must be a dependent (for tax purposes) of an HGEA member (whose membership has been in good standing for at least one year from  the scholarship application due date) and must attend a university, college, community college, vocational or trade school, or other post-high school study on a full-time basis for the school year 2020-2021.  Applications are available at www.hgea.org/kendallscholarship.  All applications must be submitted online.  No hard copy applications will be accepted.  All applications must be submitted by Midnight on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

 

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity High School Essay Contest

The Lambda Beta Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will sponsor its annual High School Essay Contest from September 6,2019 to October 5, 2019.  This year’s theme is “The U.S. Census projects that the United States will become a majority-minority country by the year 2045.  How can we combat, prevent, and reduce prejudice, discrimination, and violence in a new, more diverse America?”  All 12th-grade high school students enrolled in Oahu school districts are eligible to compete in the essay contest.  Essays will be graded by a panel of qualified judges on the student’s ability to create a 700 to 750-word essay of nonfiction that makes an interesting analysis of the theme.  Applications are avialable in the College & Career Center.  Essays should be postmarked by October 5, 2019.

 

Horatio Alger Association
Since 1984, the Horatio Alger Association has awarded over $175 million in college scholarships to deserving students. Through national recognized educational programs, the Association reaches out directly to our nation’s young people with a message of hope, opportunity, responsibility, and perseverance. In keeping with the mission of the Horatio Alger Association, the scholarship programs provide financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have significant financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. The scholarships are given to deserving students each year and range in award value from $10,000 to $25,000. Eligibility criteria include: high school graduation in spring/summer, demonstrated financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income), and US citizenship. Students may apply online from August 1 – October 25 at https://scholars.horatioalger.org/.

 

HMSA Kaimana Scholarships

HMSA Kaimana Scholarships recognize students for their all-around excellence and their commitment to well-being through achievements in academics, athletics, community service, healthy activities, and sportsmanship.  Special focus is given to students who play lower-profile sports.  Recipients can use their scholarships to help pay for tuition, room and board, airfare to and from the airport closest to the school, laptop or desktop computers, or bogs for education after high school.  Eligible students must graduate from a Hawaii high school in 2020, have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 verified by an official school transcript, have participated on a league-recognized team during one or more of their high school years, have participated in community service projects in addition to school activities, submit recommendations from two faculty members from their school that detail their athletic dedication and determination, academic performance, sportsmanship, and personal character, and submit a brief essay on their high school experience and plans after high school.  Up to 15 students will be awareded scholarships worth $5,000.  Applications can be found online at www.hmsa.com/kaimana.  The deadline to apply is February 7, 2020.

 

Elks National Foundation – Most Valuable Student Scholarship

Since 1931, the Elks National Foundation has helped thousands of students who need financial assistance fulfill their dreams of attending college.  Most Valuable Student scholars are outstanding students who are at or near the top of their classes, active in their schools and communities, and recognized as leaders by their peers.  The ENF awards $2.44 million annually in MVS scholarships to 500 high school seniors nationwide.  The first- and second-place awards are among the largest scholarships provided by any major fraternal or service organization.  Any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen may apply for an MVS scholarship.  Applications will be judged on Scholarship, Leadership, and Financial Need.  Applications are available online at https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/MVS.cfm and the deadline to apply is November 5, 2019.

 

Miss Latina Hawaii Scholarship Pageant

The Miss Latina Hawaii Scholarship Pageant has been established to provide Latin/Hispanic young women the opportunity to grow as well rounded individuals. Through participation in this program, they experience important societal issues, community service, develop professional and personal skills and showcase their talents. The Miss Latina Hawaii Scholarship Pageant serve as preliminary pageants for the Miss Hawaii Pageant and the Miss America Organization. The Miss Latina Hawaii Scholarship Pageant enables young Latin/Hispanic women to have a voice in the community. The Miss Latina Hawaii Scholarship Pageant this year will be taking place on December 1, 2019. For more information on becoming a contestant please contact either Nancy Oritz at almalatina@gmail.com (808)285-0072 or Gena Perry at misslatinahawaii808@gmail.com (808)778-3334.

 

Boston University Trustee Scholarship

The 45th annual Boston University Trustee Scholarship Competition is now open.  Trustee Scholars rank at the top of their classes and demonstrate exceptional leadership in their schools and communities.  Scholarship recipients are selected by a faculty committee from a competitive pool of applicants after rigorous review.  The Trustee Scholarship covers full undergraduate tuition plus orientation and mandatory undergraduate student fees for four years.  To be considered, students must submit their application for admission with one Trustee Scholarship essay by December 1, 2019.  More information about this scholarship can be found online at http://www.bu.edu/admissions/tuition-aid/scholarships-financial-aid/first-year-merit/trustee/

 

The Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award

Are you a young woman between the ages of 14 and 18 who volunteers in your community or school? Do you see challenges instead of obstacles? Hope instead of despair? If you are a young woman who believes in the power of volunteer action, then you may be eligible to receive a Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award. This award recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts such as: fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty.  Volunteer actions that benefit women or girls are particularly encouraged.  Visit Soroptimist Founder Region website: www.si-founderregion.org for more information. To apply to the Violet Richardson Award program, please contact Rene Tokunaga at tokunagar@gmail.com or (808)497-1361. Deadline to apply is November 15, 2019.

 

The Gromet Foundation Scholarship Program

The Gromet Foundation Scholars Program is for low income students who excel academically, i.e. a cumulative high school GPA of 3.8 or better.  The income criteria for this program is roughly a family income of 150% or less of the 2018 federal poverty guidelines for Hawaii.  See www.familiesusa.org.  For example, 150% of the guideline for a family of four (4) in Hawaii for 2018 is $43,305.  The foundation awards grant aid of $2,000 for last dollar of unmet need annually for students attending Hawaii universities and $5,000 in grant aid annually for last dollar of unmet need for students attending Mainland universities.  The scholarship is renewable throughout four years of undergraduate education so long as the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and otherwise complies with the Foundation’s Scholarship Policies.  The deadline for applying for the Gromet Foundation Scholarship Program for the academic year 2020-2021 is Thursday, October 10, 2019 (Post-Marked).  Applications can be found in the CCC.

 

2019 QuestBridge National College Match

The 2019 QuestBridge National College Match for high school seniors is now open.  The QuestBridge National College Match connects academically outstanding high school seniors from low-income backgrounds with full four-year scholarships to the nation’s leading colleges.  Who should apply?  High school seniors who:  Are in the top 5-10% of their class and exhibit strong personal character, score >1310 on the SAT or >28 on the ACT, come from households earning less than $65,000 per year (for a typical family of four), may be eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, may be part of the first generation in their family to attend college.  Apply online at www.questbridge.org.  Application deadline is September 26, 2019.

 

Distinguished Young Women of Hawaii Scholarship Program

The Distinguished Young Women of Hawaii Scholarship Program is currently accepting applications for their 2020 class.  Distinguished Young Women of Hawaii is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women.  DYW gives away over $22,000 in cash scholarships and two four-year full tuition scholarships to Hawaii Pacific University of accomplished and deserving young women.  Apply online at https://www.dywhawaii.org/.  The deadline to apply is August 23, 2019.

 

Golden Door Scholars

Golden Door is a nonprofil scholarship organization which provides large college scholarships to high performing students with DACA.  This year, they will award a scholarship to up to 50 students across the country attending college in Fall 2020 who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree.  In addition to funding, Golden Door provides 1:1 mentorship, professional development opportunities, and summer internships.  Apply online at https://www.goldendoorscholars.org/apply-now.  The deadline to apply is September 16, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.

 

The Gates Scholarship

The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors.  Starting in 2018, the scholarship is being awarded to 300 student leaders each year, with the intent of helping outstanding minority students who come from low-income backgrounds realize their maximum potential.  Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Costs covered include tuition, fees, books, room and board, and may include additional personal costs.  The Gates Scholarship also provides Scholars with various online support services designed to help them excel in their degree programs, graduate, and make a successful transition to their chosen careers.  These include mentoring, academic support, career and internship guidance, advice, and job opportunities.  Gates Scholars will also be connected to a network of accomplished peers that they can tap into for support and advice.  To apply, students must be a high school senior, from at least one of the following ethnicities: African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American, Pell-eligible, a US citizen, national, or permanent resident, and have a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.  Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.  For more information and to apply visit https://www.thegatesscholarship.org/.  The deadline to apply is September 15, 2019.