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Scholarships are seasonal, widely available, competitive, and another source of college funding. The scholarship season begins in January with the release of federal financial aid forms (FAFSA) and scholarship applications for the next academic year (Fall through Summer). The majority of scholarships are out in January and due March 1st or earlier, although you will find scholarships with deadlines throughout the year. Lately, more scholarships are being made available in November or December for the next academic year.
The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) has been researching and compiling a list of available scholarships that have been grouped by academic year and by deadlines. Need help? Please, contact us and we would be glad to assist you individually or in workshops.

Listing of Scholarships for 2014-2015:

  • DEADLINE:  September 20, 2014.  Victoria S. & Bradley L. Geist Foundation Scholarship.  For the Spring semester only.  Established by the Geists to help students who have been in the foster care system.
  • DEADLINE:  November 1, 2014.  Buckfire & Buckfire Disability Scholarship.  Open to a U.S. citizen enrolled at an accredited college or university who has a disability diagnosis, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and at least one-semester of college.
  • DEADLINE:  December 31, 2014 for Fall 2014.  The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is a merit-based program which means financial need is not considered. The selection of the winner is made by an independent panel of judges and is based primarily on the quality of the submitted personal statement. Past academic performance (e.g. grades and standardized test scores) are not considered. The goal is to create a level field where students have complete control over their applications and are not given an advantage or disadvantage based on financial or academic circumstances.  Open to 9th-12th grade high school, college, or graduate students currently in college or planning to enroll within the next 12 months.

Listing of Scholarships for 2015-2016:

  • APPLICATION OPENS September 2014.   Request Application here.  AXA-Achievement Scholarship.  Fifty-two winners, one from each state are selected to receive a one-time $10,000 scholarship award.  Open to high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university.  Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen who demonstrates outstanding achievment in school, community or work-related activities.
  •  DEADLINE:  September 26, 2014.  QuestBridge College Match ScholarshipOpen to high school seniors graduating before spring/summer 2014 and enrolling as a freshman in college in the fall of 2015.  The QuestBridge National College Match connects high-achieving low-income students with admission and full four-year scholarships to our partner colleges. College Match scholarships, which are provided by participating colleges, cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, are loan-free, and require no parental contribution.  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and students, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the United States.
  • DEADLINE:  October 7, 2014.  Gilman International Scholarship Spring 2015.  Offers awards for undergraduate study abroad.  Open to undergraduate students at 2- or 4-year collegs to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. 
  • DEADLINE:  October 17, 2014 and April 15.  College JumpStart Scholarship.  An annual merit-based competition open to 10th – 12th graders, college students and non-traditional students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.  Financial need, grades, and test scores not required.
  • DEADLINE:  November 1, 2014.  Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation College Scholarships.  Open to qualified students with financial need who has lost a parent to breast cancer.
  • DEADLINE:  Early November 2014.  Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program.   Application opens in early September 2014.  An undergraduate scholarship program open to high-achieving high school seniors (3.5 GPA) with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.  Can include up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school.
  • DEADLINE: December 1, 2014.  Barbara Lotze Scholarship.  Open to undergraduate college students or a high school senior accepted into a college or university that is pursuing a career teaching physics in high schools.  Offered by the American Association of Physics Teachers.  Applications will be reviewed at their annual winter meeting.
  • DEADLINE:  December 2, 2014.  Jack Kent Cook Foundation College Transfer Scholarship.  Application opens in early October 2014.  Offered outstanding community college students (3.5 GPA) with financial need who plan to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities. Up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 85 deserving students selected annually.
  • DEADLINE:  December 5, 2015.  Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition.    Application available Sept. 1, 2014.  Open to high school seniors who are U.S. citizens.  500 4-year scholarships to be awarded to the highest rated applicants.
  • DEADLINE:  Deceember 31, 2014.  AFSCME Family Scholarship Program.    Open to graduating high school seniors whose parent, legal guardian or finacially responsible grandparent is a dues-paying AFSCME member.  Must have completed the SAT or ACT and be enrolled in a full-time program at either a four-year institution or a two-year institution that will transfer credits to a four-year college.
  • DEADLINE:  January 9, 2015.  APIASF (Asian & Pacifi Islander American Scholarship Fund).  Open to Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens or citizens of the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.  Must be an undergraduate students with a minimum GPA or 2.7 or higher.
  • DEADLINE:  January 14, 2015.  Gates Millennium Scholars Cohort.    Open to African American, American/Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic Americans.  Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen with a high school GPA or 3.30 or higher.  Must be a first-time, full-time students with financial need and leadershp abilities as demonstrated through community service, extracurricular or other activities.  Must be nominated.
  • DEADLINE:  January 16, 2015.  Charles R. Kendall Scholarship and Education Fund.  Open to HGEA members and their dependents who are full-time students pursuing training at a university, college, community college, trade school, or other post-secondary study.  Must be a member in good standing for at least a year.
  • DEADLINE:  January 16, 2015.  Russell K. Okata Scholarship.  Open to HGEA members and their dependents attending or planning to attend a community college, or trade school on a full-time basis.
  • DEADLINE:  September 1, 2015.  Karmenhealthcare 2015 Scholarship.   Open to college students with a mobility disability who uses a wheelchair or other mobility device on a regular basis.  Must be 16 years or older and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Other sources of aid

Kahikina O Ka La STEM Merit-based scholarships:  An exciting new program offered at the University of Hawai’i Maui College (UHMC) to assist students interested in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) or related fields, who also have an interest in Native Hawaiian language, culture, and history.  Programs include Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nursing, Dental, Engineering, and Applied Business and Information Technology.  Priority given to Native Hawaiian students in a STEM field.  2.5 – 2.9- GPA – eligible for $1,750 – $2,500 per semester.  3.5 or higher eligible for up to $5,000.  Academic cohorts are limited to 40 students.  Best way to get into the cohort is through their High School Summer Bridge program http://maui.hawaii.edu/hikina/.  Once they start at UHMC, students can transfer and still receive support.  The money goes with them.  They have students that are in Masters and PHd programs.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)A listing of UNCF scholarships, programs, internships, and fellowships for UNCF member colleges and others.  Varied scholarships, awards, deadlines, and criteria.

University of Hawaii at Manoa Scholarship listing page:  UH Manoa Financial Aid Services (FAS) office scholarship listing page with UH Scholarships, Local, and National resources.

Western Undergraduate Exchange: WUE is the Western Undergraduate Exchange, a program coordinated by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICH).  Through WUE, students in Western states may enroll in participating two year and four year public college programs at a reduced tuition level: up to 150 percent of the institutions regular resident tuition. At UH Maui College, Reduced WUE tuition is currently only available for freshman and transfer students applying for the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree in the Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT) program.