Scholarships & Financial Aid

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Below are some recommended scholarships listed by deadline:
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Representatives from the UH financial aid office are available to assist you. They can be reached via email at:
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HGEA Union Strong Scholarship $2,000 Deadline: July 30, 2021
HGEA is pleased to announce the HGEA Union Strong scholarship will be awarded again this year. Two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students who graduated from a high school in the state of Hawaii and plan to pursue post-high school study on a full-time basis at a university, college, community college, vocational or trade school.
Applicants must be a member or dependent, for tax purposes, of an HGEA included bargaining unit member who has been in good standing for at least one year prior to July 30, 2021.
The following criteria will be used to determine the scholarship awards.
An essay of not more than 1,000 words as to the importance of labor unions in Hawaii. The essay may be written from a personal point of view or from a historical perspective.
See Naviance for more information.
Coalition for College: Path to College Scholarship $1,000 Deadline: July 30, 2021

Class of 2022: Get a head start on your college application this summer for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

How to enter

Create or log in to your free MyCoalition account and complete the following sections in your Profile:

  • Personal Information
  • Contact Information
  • Family Information
  • High School Information
  • And add at least three schools to your MyCoalition College List.

Click here or on the logo to apply.



  • How to get access to over $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds from the federal government to help pay for college.
  • Tips on filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA.
  • How to access over $70 million dollars in scholarships and grants that are awarded to Hawai‘i students each year to help pay for college, regardless of family income.
  • All webinars will be from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
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  • How to access over $70 million dollars in scholarships that are awarded to Hawai‘i students each year to help pay for college, regardless of family income.
  • Tips on applying for scholarships. Meet representatives from Hawai‘i Community Foundation, University of Hawai‘i Foundation, and Sallie Mae who will provide you with information on how to search and apply for scholarships.
  • All webinars will be from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
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The Gates Scholarship Meets all unmet $ needs Deadline: September 15, 2021
The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential.
Click here or on the logo to apply.
HIFICU Scholarship $1,000 Deadline: September 30, 2021

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • Applicant must either be a member or a legal dependent of a member whose HIFICU account is in good standing* for at least 3 consecutive months prior to the application deadline.
  • Applicant must be a US Citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

How Will Winners Be Selected?

The scholarship committee will score applicants based on the following criteria:

  • ACADEMIC - Based on applicant's certified transcript.
  • LEADERSHIP - Based on leadership and/or school/employment activities, honors and awards and other experiences.
  • SCHOOL/COMMUNITY SERVICE - Based on the quality and impact of service to their school and/or communities.
  • RECOMMENDATION - Based on letters of recommendation.
  • MERIT - Based on applicant's essay.
Click here or on the logo to apply.
Opp U Achievers Scholarship $2,500 Deadline: September 30, 2021
The OppU Achievers Scholarship celebrates achievement in its many forms and honors those who create opportunity for themselves and others.
Just answer this essay prompt:
Please tell us why you’re an achiever. How have you created opportunity for yourself? How have you created opportunity for others? Did you start a small business? Are you the founder of a community program? How did you overcome the odds and make your dreams—or the dreams of others—come true?
Deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31, June 30
Click here or on the logo to apply.
There are a number of different scholarships available that you can apply for. Army ROTC offers two-three-a and four-year scholarships, which pay full tuition and fees, include a separate allowance for books, and a monthly stipend of up to $5,000 a year. Army ROTC scholarships are not retroactive so it is good to start thinking about your future early.
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Applicants must use the online application to complete and submit all the required information in order to apply for the Navy ROTC scholarship.

This online application is extensive and may require several hours to complete. You are able to start the application and save your progress as you complete each section. We have provided an Application Information Checklist to assist you in gathering information and to streamline the process of applying for a scholarship.

Download an Application Information Checklist PDF

CB Opportunity Scholarship $500, then grows Deadline: February 28, 2022

Step 1: Build Your College List: $500 until June 30, 2021.

Step 2:  Practice for the SAT: $500 until October 31, 2021.

Step 3: Explore Scholarships: $500 until February 28, 2022.

Step 4: Strengthen Your College List: $500 until October 31, 2021.

Step 5: Complete the FAFSA: $500 until February 28, 2022.

Step 6: Apply to Colleges: $500 until February 28, 2022.

Finish all 6: Chance to win $40,000.00!

Thiel Fellowship $100,000 Deadline: None

The Thiel Fellowship gives $100,000 to young people who want to build new things instead of sitting in a classroom.

Click here or on the graphic to apply.

No application deadline.

Great list of scholarships with a focus on Native Hawaiian advancement.
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2 more great LOCAL financial aid tools.s
KCC shares 2 links to help you with issues around financial aid:k
Kuilei Courageous Conversations about Financial Aid:
Kapi‘olani CC's Community Workshop on Financial Aid:
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Get all your financial aid questions answered for the UH system and BEYOND!
Frank Green and Gus Cobb-Adams.
Assist students and parents with
  • FAFSA,
  • SAR
  • Award letter questions
For institutional specific questions (awards, disbursements, refunds, etc.) students will be referred to the individual school's financial aid offices.

Speakers Frank Green and Gus Cobb-Adams from University of Hawai‘i provided answers to questions regarding college admissions and affordability, as well as what steps families can take to see if they qualify for financial aid, including completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


cMissed it live? No problem, click here or on the graphic to view the webinar or download the presentation, or click on the presentation in the sidebar.

And here are links:

Webinar Recording - Downloadable Version

Webinar Recording - YouTube Version

Webinar Slides
Additional Financial Aid Resources

2 Great Financial Aid Tools
  • Finding colleges that would give a student better financial aid and/or merit scholarships.

SwiftStudent: New Tool to Appeal Financial Aid Awards 

  • Appealing a financial aid award.

Click on the Titles to see more.


Navigating Financial Aid Once You’re Accepted (Part 1)This first guide will walk you through how to understand your financial aid award letter.

How to Write a Great Financial Aid Appeal Letter (Part 2): If the financial aid award you received from college is making it tough to attend, it might be worth appealing it. Here's a more detailed step-by-step guide to writing a great financial aid appeal letter.