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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:  December 31, 2014 for Spring 2015.  Applications open 12/15/14.  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 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 program
  • DEADLINE January 2, 2015:  AluLike Hana Lima Scholarship for Spring 2015.  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 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 6, 2014.  First Wind Scholars Program.  Applicant must be a high school senior from a public or private high school in an identified community (Kahuku, Kahului, Kihei, Lahaina, Laie, Maui, Oahu, Pukalani, Wailuku, Waialua, Wahiawa, HI) and be planning to enroll full-time in an undergraduate study during the upcoming academic year in environmental sciences, wind technology, general sciences, health sciences or engineering at an accredited vocational-technical school, two- or four-year college or university in the fall semester for entire academic year, have a minimum 2.75 GPA, and demonstrate interest in renewable energy. Program offers up to (15) $3000 non-renewable scholarship, and (1) $5000 renewable scholarship.
  • 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 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.  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 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:  January 30, 2015.  Hawaii Society of Professional Engineering Maui Chapter.  An academic scholarship awarded to graduating Maui County high school seniors entering into an accredited college of engineering.  Pdf of application available here.
  • DEADLINE:  February 4, 2015.  Mamoru & Aiko Takitani Foundation Scholarship.  One $1000 award is given to an outstanding graduating senior nominated by each qualifying high school in the State of Hawaii.  Additional awards available to those that advance to being selected as finalists. Applications available from high school counselors or fromwww.takitanifoundation.org.  Applications must be submitted to high school senior advisor/college counselor; applications will not be accepted directly from student.
  • DEADLINE:  February 13, 2015.  HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program.  Applicants must be a high school senior graduating from a Hawaii high school in 2014, have a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA, have played on at least one school athletic team in a league-sanctioned sport during at least one of their high school years, and demonstrated service to community and school activities.
  • 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:  February  18, 2015.  Hawaii USA Credit Union 2015 Scholarship.  Nine awards of $2000 offered to graduating Maui County high school seniors planning to attend any two- to four-year accredited college or university.  Six awards of $2000 offered to undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the 2015-16 academic year.  Must be enrolled as full-time students and have been a primary mmember of the HawaiiUSA Credit Union in good standing for the 12 consecutive months prior to application deadline.
  • DEADLINE:  February 19, 2015.  Hawai`i Community Foundation Scholarships.    The third largest private scholarship provider in the state with over 190 scholarships with more than $4 million in funding.  Many different scholarships and criteria.  Online application open to students enrolled in college during the 2015-16 academic year.
  • DEADLINE:  February 20, 2015.  Josh Jerman Maui Nui Scholarship.  Applicant must be a Maui County high school senior already enrolled (or enrolling) in a full-time program at any four year accredited college or university for upcoming Fall Semester, demonstrate financial need, plan to return and work in Maui County after graduation.  Foundation awards (3) $1000 scholarships.
  • 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.
  • 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:  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:  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 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.