10 Hawaii Scholarships to Save You Thousands on College
College is undoubtedly one of the steepest investments you’ll make. But it’s exactly that — an investment, and an important one at that. And you’ll find plenty of support to help you pay for your education.
Are you a college-bound student in Hawaii? Here are 10 scholarships to help you out.
10 Hawaii Scholarships
Eligibility: Residents of Hawaii planning on attending a two- or four-year college or university; must have a minimum 2.7 GPA and have full-time status
Application Requirements: Varies
The Hawai’i Community Foundation Scholarship program encompasses more than 170 funds, each with different criteria for eligibility and procedures for applying. Examples include the Ida M. Pope Memorial Scholarship for women of Hawaiian ancestry pursuing a major in health, science, or education and the Hoʻoulu Scholarship Fund for Pacific Islander students, including Hawaiians, who have stopped out and are returning to college.
Deadline: January 31
Eligibility: Must be (or plan to be) a full-time student at an accredited institution, have a 2.5 GPA, and demonstrate financial need
Application Requirements: Application with personal and award impact statements, transcript, FAFSA, list of achievements and community service activities
Hawaii State Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to 20 Hawaii students attending a fully accredited university, college, or trade/vocational school. The scholarship program has awarded nearly $900,000 since 1996.
Amount: $20,000 over four years
Eligibility: Hawaii students
Application Requirements: N/A
Since 1950, the Fukunaga Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $180,000 in scholarships. The awards are offered to encourage students from Hawaii to pursue a career in business. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic standing, leadership ability, financial need, and a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in business.
Eligibility: Graduating Hawaii high school seniors
Application Requirements: Application, photo
Every participating Rotary Club will choose one student to receive a $5,000 scholarship to help them with their education expenses. An HRYF committee will then select one student attending a mainland university and one student attending a Hawaii university to receive a $10,000 Maurice J. Sullivan scholarship each.
Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors; open to HEA members, their children, and/or their grandchildren
Application Requirements: Application form, transcript, personal statement, financial aid form, three recommendation letters
HEA awards two scholarships of $2,000 each to graduating high school seniors who will enroll in an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher learning. Preference is given to students who plan to major in education. As part of the applications, students must write a personal statement addressing their reasons for pursuing higher education, major-related interests, and how the scholarship will help them achieve their goals.
Amount: Determined by HCCH Scholarship Awards Subcommittee
Eligibility: Must be a resident of Hawaii and a full-time student in an accredited two- or four-year college or vocational program; must have a 2.5 minimum GPA
Application Requirements: Essay
Established to inspire academic achievement and help Hawaiians attain higher levels of education, this scholarship, created by Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole in 1918, funds students’ tuition, fees, books, and other educational expenses. Awards are based on the quality of applicants’ essays. Preference is given to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry.
Deadline: January 31
Eligibility: Hawaiian residents and US citizens who have a minimum 3.0 GPA; must participate in canoeing, surfing, kayaking, swimming, diving, water polo, sailing, or volleyball
Application Requirements: Application, personal statement, transcript, two letters of recommendation, two pictures, FAFSA
Ambassadors of Aloha Scholarships are available for students who are currently attending or plan to attend college. They are designated for athletes participating in the sports mentioned above with a record of accomplishments and the intention to complete college. According to the website, “Applicants should demonstrate the spirit of aloha through leadership and community involvement.”
Deadline: February 1
Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors
Application Requirements: Application, recommendations
Each year, an outstanding graduating senior from every qualifying high school will receive a $3,000 scholarship. Then, each school district, the Hawaii Catholic Schools, and the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools will select finalists to receive an additional $2,000 scholarship, and three scholars will be selected from among the finalists for an additional three awards.
Deadline: December 23
Application Requirements: Application
The Pauahi Foundation administers more than 200 scholarship fund opportunities to support undergraduate and graduate levels of study, along with trade and vocational courses. These merit-based awards are largely based on merit, while some are restricted to those who demonstrate financial need or to those from specific geographic areas.
Deadline: April 10
Eligibility: Students entering or continuing in the culinary arts field in Hawaii
Application Requirements: Application, two references,
Every year, Merriman’s Restaurant awards Culinary Scholarships to assist future culinary professionals based on their outstanding qualities, passion for the field, and financial need. As part of their application, candidates must describe their activities and organizations and explain how the scholarship will benefit them financially to further their future in the food-service industry.
Tips on Applying for Scholarships
Maximize institutional aid first.
The college or university you choose to attend is usually your best source of financial aid in terms of both need-based and merit-based scholarships. Therefore, that should be your starting point. But if your chosen school doesn’t offer enough aid, additional awards can fill in the gaps.
Apply to scholarships that fit your demographics.
There are many general scholarships, but those are typically more difficult to win than ones with narrower criteria. Scholarships aimed at people of certain demographics or with specific majors and/or careers in mind are easier to secure since you’ll be competing against a much smaller pool of applicants.
Apply, apply, apply.
Apply, and keep applying. The more you apply (especially if you focus on niche awards), the more likely you are to win. So, while you shouldn’t neglect your schoolwork and other commitments, you should make scholarship applications an important part of the college process.