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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:  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.
  • DEADLINE:  TBA.  AluLike Hana Lima Scholarship for Spring 2015.  Applications will be available Dec. 1, 2014.  Provides financial assistance to students in a vocational and/or technical education program for occupations leading to a living wage.  Based on financial need.  Preference given to non-traditional students:  single parents, sole income providers, disabled, houseless, previously incarcerated, and wards of the court.  Must be a Native Hawaiian, Hawaii state resident, enrolled at least half-time in a vocational/technical program, and maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher.

Listing of Scholarships for 2015-2016:

  • DEADLINE:  December 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 1, 2014:  Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program (University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Medicine).  Offered to outstanding Hawaii high school graduates with demonstrated exceptional ability and commitment to pursuring a medical degree.  The scholarship will cover tuition for four years, on campus residence for first year, and an exemplary pre-med education.  Minimum high school GPA of 3.8 or higher and a minimum combined SAT score of 1800 or higher.
  • 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:  December 15, 2014.   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:  EXTENDED TO December 15, 2014.  Soroptimist International Club of Maui Live Your Dream Award (formerly Women’s Opportunity Award).  Open to women with primary financial responsibility for themselves and their dependants who have financial need and are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or  a vocational skills training program.
  • DEADLINE:  December 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 16, 2015.  Manoa Merit Scholarship.  Over 100 $5,000 scholarships awarded to high achieving high school students entering the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the fall semester following graduation.
  • DEADLINE:  January 16, 2015.  Manoa Chancellor’s Scholarship.  A maximum of 80 $10,000 scholarships available to high achieving Hawaii high school graduates admitted as full-time, first-year UH Manoa freshmen.  Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and a 1600 SAT combined score or 25 ACT Composite score.
  • DEADLINE:  January 9, 2015.  APIASF (Asian & Pacific 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:  January 16, 2015.  Regents Scholarship.  Awarded to outstanding incoming Hawaii state freshmen.  Must have a 3.5 GPA or higher, scored at least 1950 on all three sections of the SAT, and have remarkable extra-curricular achievements.  Full tuition waiver for 4 years of undergraduate study, $4,000 annually, and a one-time travel grant of $2,000.
  • DEADLINE:  January 16, 2015.  BOR Presidential Scholarship.  The refocused Presidential Scholarships are open to high-achieving UH community college students who are transferring to UH baccalaureate campuses as juniors.  Awardees receive a full tuition waiver for two years, $4,000 a year, and a one-time travel grant of $2,000.  Must have a minimum 3.7 GPA, a record of sustained academic progress, and evidence of superior academic achievement.
  • DEADLINE:  February 16, 2015.  University of Hawaii at Manoa Scholarships.  Online scholarship application for hundreds of University of Hawaii scholarships with varying eligibility and requirements.  Please check each scholarship you are interested in to see if there are additional criteria.
  • DEADLINE:  March 2, 2015.  University of Hawaii System Scholarships.  Application opens Dec. 1, 2014.  Online scholarship application for hundreds of University of Hawaii scholarships with varying eligibility and requirements.  Please check each scholarship you are interested in to see if there are additional criteria.  Open to students at all campuses except the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
  • DEADELINE:  March 3, 2015.  Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Fall 2015.    The scholarship offers grants to U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.  Online application and online submission of certifications.
  • DEADLINE:  April 1, 2015.  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:  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.