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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:  April 15, 2016.  Maui Scottish Rite Scholarship.    Open to graduating high school senior who are high scholastic achievers and/or exceptional community contributors.  Must include an official transcript from the State of Hawaii Department of Education.
  • 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.
  • DEADLINE:  April 22, 2016.  Hawaii State AFL-CIO 2016 Scholarships. Open to graduating high school seniors planning to attend a university, college, or vocational/trade school on a full-time basis.  Essay required.  Union affiliation is not.
  • DEADLINE:  April 22, 2016.  Monbukagakusho Scholarship.  One year of extensive Japanese language study followed by two years at a Senshu-gakko (specialized training college) in in your chosen field in Japan.  Ope to UH Community College students who have completed Japanese 101, English 100, Math 100 and are interested in the areas of study.  Applicants will be required to take proficiency tests.  Up to 3 Hawaii students will be selected.  Must be a U.S. citizen, have a high school diplomaa or GED, and be between the ages of 17-21.  Must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan between April 1-7, 2017.
  • DEADLINE:  May 13, 2016. Akoni Akana Pookela Scholarship.  The Friends of Moku`ula and Maui Nei Native Expeditions is offering two $500 scholarships to UH Maui College students, one for a kane (male) and the other for a wahine (female).
  • DEADLINE:  May 15, 2016.  American Business Women’s Association Amanda Lizzio Legacy Scholarship.  Open to women majoring in Hospitality.  Must maintain a 3.0 GPA.  National scholarship.  Online application.
  • DEADLINE:  May 15, 2016.  EWI (Executive Women International) Adult Student in Transition Scholarship.  Open to adults in transition such as those with financial need, socially, physically, and economically challenged adults, and displaced households with small children.  Must have clearly defined goals and specify the educational requirements to meet their goals.  Download pdf application here.
  • DEADLINE:  May 15, 2016.  2015-16 Legacy Scholarship in Memory of Jane Ann Winchell.  Open to women who are U.S. citizens and will be at least a college sophomore in Fall 2016 who will be studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics). National American Business Women’s Association national scholarship. Online application.
  • DEADLINE:  May 15, 2016.  2015-16 Women of Vision Scholarship.  Open to women who will be college sophomore’s studying education.  Must maintain a 3.0 GPA. National American Business Women’s Association national scholarship.  Online application.
  • DEADLINE:  June 1, 2016.  Na Kilohana `O Wahine Chapter Outright Grant.  Open to female, U.S. citizens with a 3.0 cululative GPA and a college junior standing who is attending an accredited U.S. college or university. Interested applications must request a scholarship login for by emailing sources of aid

Ho`okahua Waiwai.  A UH Maui College and CareerLink OHA Grant funded to assist Maui County’s Native Hawaiian community in achieving economic self-sufficiency through three key areas:  education attainment, career development, and financial literacy.  Preference given to Native Hawaiians to the extent permitted by law and students with income below the 300% Federal (Hawaii) Income Guidelines.  Click on link to review details of the grant and to download an application.

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.