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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 2016-2017:

  • DEADLINE:  November 30, 2015.  Alaska Airlines Environmentatl Endowed Scholarship.  Open to classified UH System undergraduates interested in environmental sustainability (either as a major or extra-curricular activity).  Must be a Hawaii resident and a graduate of a high school in the state of Hawaii.  GPA 3.0. Essay and transcripts required.
  • DEADLINE: December 15, 2015.  Live Your Dream – Soroptimist International of Maui scholarship.  Click on Live Your Dream for the checklist, application, and reference forms.  Open to women who are primary supports for themselves and dependents and who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or vocational training program.
  • DEADLINE:  January 15, 2016.  Charles R. Kendall Scholarship and Education Fund.  Open to HGEA union members and their dependents who plan to attend college or other post-high institution.  Member must be in good standing for at least one year.
  • DEADLINE:  February 15, 2016.  University of Hawaii at Manoa scholarships on STAR.  Available to the University of Hawaii at Manoa students.  Over $9 million in funding and over 450 scholarships available.  420 incoming freshmen eligible.
  • DEADLINE:  February 18, 2016.  Hawaii Community Foundation.  Over $4 million available in scholarships from more than 200 scholarships.  Complete one online application and be matched to multiple scholarships.  The application opens on December 1, 2015.  Required documents:  2016-17 FAFSA Student Aid Report and grade transcript.  Start early.  If your application is submitted by January 29, 2016, HCF will review your application for all required documents and notify you if revisions are needed.
  • DEADLINE:  March 1, 2016.  University of Hawaii System Scholarships.  Available December 1, 2015.  Over 600 UH Foundation scholarships, 50 system scholarships using one common application.  Must be accepted as a University of Hawai`i student (as of March 1, 2016), have completed a 2016-2017 FAFSA, a personal statement, and at least two references.
  • DEADLINE:  March 21, 2016.  Lucille Hodgins Selective Recruitment Grant.  Two $1,000 awards being offered to future educators.  Selection criteria includes:  academic achievement, leadership qualities, commitment to education, financial need, potential for success.  Open to Hawaii residents and military personnnel stationed in Hawaii.
  • DEADLINE:  April 20, 2016.  Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi Scholarships.  Scholarship application opens January 4, 2016.  Open to Native Hawaiian students with financial need.  Early preparation and application suggested.  The CSS Profile will be used to determine financial need.  Registry with the Ho`oulu Database required. Last year more than 2,900 students were awarded with average awards of $6,000.

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.