UPDATED: October 14, 2019
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (808)285-0072 or Gena Perry at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.