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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 2015-2016:

  • DEADLINE:  February 28, 2015.  Women’s League of Central Union Church:  15 Kenneth O. and Doris A. Rewick Educational Grant and one Ruth C. Scudder Scholarship.  Open to Hawaii residents or Hawaii high school graduate enrolling in an accredited college in Hawaii or elsewhere.  Must show financial need, character, community service, and personal effort to supplement educational funds.  No religious affiliation needed for the Kenneth O. and Doris Rewick scholarships.  The Ruth C. Scudder application must also be a woman of Christian affiliation who is enrolled in the University of Hawaii system.
  • DEADLINE:  March 1, 2015.  University of Hawai`i at Hilo Chancellor’s Scholarship.  Applicants must be accepted by UH Hilo, be graduating from a Hawai’i high school, have a minimum 3.50 GPA or 1800 SAT (reading, writing, and math) or a composite score of 27 on the ACT, and demonstrate leadership and/or community service.
  • 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.
  • DEADLINE:  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:  March 7, 2015.  Filipino Women’s League Community Scholarship.  Two $1,000 scholarships available to graduating high school seniors of Filipino ancestry.  Must be attending an institution of higher learning in the state of Hawaii and have a GPA or 2.5 or higher for the first semester.
  • DEADLINE:  March 9, 2015.  Kamehameha Schools ‘Imi Na`auao Scholarship.  Scholarship opens January 2, 2015.  Merit-based scholarship available to post-baccalaureate Native Hawaiian students.  Must be a Hawaii resident, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be a full-time, classified student working owards a degree.  (non-traditional students enrolled half-time may be considered).  Special consideration given to students majoring in STEM fields, Education, and/or Hawaiian Studies.
  • DEADLINE:  March 31, 2015.  Maui Puerto Rican Association Scholarship.  Open to graduating high school seniors planning to continue their education and to adult students ennrolled in an accredited post-secondary educational institution.  Open to Puerto Rican and part-Puerto Rican students.  Applications available at EOC office.
  • DEADLINE:  March 31, 2015.  Portugese Association of Maui Scholarship.  Open to graduating high school seniors planning to continue their education and to adult students ennrolled in an accredited post-secondary educational institution.  Open to Portugese and Portugese students.  Applications available at EOC office.
  • 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:  April 20, 2015.  Kamehameha Schools Na Hookama (need-based scholarship).  Scholarship opens January 2, 2015.  Need-based scholarships available to Native Hawaiian students who are Hawaii residents, enrolled full-time, and have a demonstrated financial need.   Registration with the Hooulu Hawaiian Data Center required.  The CollegeBoard CSS Profile is used to determine financial need.  A $25 fee is required for processing.
  • 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:  Assists 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  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.