Scholarships & Financial Aid

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Below are some recommended scholarships with upcoming deadlines:
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Representatives from the UH financial aid office are available to assist you. They can be reached via email at: fafsa@hawaii.edu.
 
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Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards $1,000 Deadline: December 6, 2020
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The Youth Awards was founded in 1998 by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Now entering its 22nd year, the Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in various categories including: Business & Finances, Entrepreneurship, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, Sports and Technology.

Gold, Silver and Bronze recipients are selected in each category and receive a one-time grant to fund their college education or to fund a community service effort that tackles a social issue.

Once selected, recipients will be celebrated in 10 virtual ceremonies and will become part of our broader HHF network of 200,000 professionals and fulfill our unique cycle of leadership where we meet America's priorities in the classroom and workforce.

The Youth Awards program is the main pipeline to Hispanic Heritage Foundation's (HHF) system of talent that prepares and positions Latino youth through the award-winning Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program as they transition from high school, to college, to graduate school, and into their careers. Follow LOFT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Click here or on the logo to apply.
Learn about sources of financial aid available for Native Hawaiians including eligibility criteria and applications requirements.
Register here.
Click here or on the logo for more information.
See the flyer in the sidebar.
LEDA Scholars Program  Free summer in Princeton Deadline: December 14, 2020
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LEDA is looking for juniors in high school who want to be challenged academically, have demonstrated a commitment to their studies, have the desire to be a leader in their families, schools, and communities, and embody LEDA's core values of excellence, integrity, compassion, and community. 

Applicants must be a junior attending a public high school in the U.S. graduating in 2022, a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have DACA Status, have an annual household income under $90,000, and a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.5.
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Opp U Achievers Scholarship $2,500 Deadline: December 31, 2020
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.
 
ROTC Scholarships
  • Full tuition, fees, books, uniforms, yearly allowance
  • Check each for participating colleges and universities.
  • 4-8 years active service obligation.
  • Additional benefits
Click on their logo to apply.
Navy deadline - December 31, 2020
Air Force deadline - January 14, 2021
Army deadline - February 4, 2021 (possibly extending to March 4, 2021)
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NROTC Full Tuition Plus Deadline: December 31, 2020
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Juniors - the NROTC Scholarship is open!

RECEIVE FULL TUITION, BOOK STIPEND, AND MORE

  • The purpose of the Navy ROTC Program is to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Navy's unrestricted line, the Navy Nurse Corps and the Marine Corps.

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Free Speech Essay Contest $10,000.00 Deadline: December 31, 2020
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The Prompt

In a persuasive letter or essay, convince your peers that free speech is a better idea than censorship.

Your letter or essay must be between 700-900 words. We encourage you to draw from current events, historical examples, our free speech comic, other resources on FIRE’s website, and/or your own personal experiences.

Getting Real About Distracted Driving Scholarship $1,500 Deadline: December 31, 2020
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Getting Real About Distracted Driving Scholarship: Design an advertisement that will educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving, and convince them with a clear call to action not to text and drive, drink and drive, eat and drive, or any other distraction you choose to focus on. You may focus on distracted driving as a whole, or pick a specific kind of distracted driving, but the message/focus of your advertisement must be clear. You will be judged based on the quality of the content, it’s usability as an ad (billboard, commercial, PSA, poster, radio ad, etc.) and how it effectively convinces drivers to stay focused on the road. We are looking for creative, and helpful ads with maybe a bit of humor or irony.
Click here or on the logo to apply.
UHM Academic Merit Scholarship $4000 Deadline: January 5, 2021
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*For the 2021-2022 school year, the Mānoa Academic Merit Scholarship will not be awarded automatically upon acceptance. 

Students that fall within the 3.5 GPA range or higher and apply by January 5 will be eligible and reviewed for the scholarship by the Admissions Committee. 

Students selected for the Mānoa Academic Merit scholarship will be notified in March.   

 If awarded, the scholarship is applied directly to the recipient's tuition costs.

See more details in the sidebar.

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The University of Hawaiʻi offers a variety of scholarship opportunities to students attending any of the uten UH campuses. Scholarships available include need and merit-based awards, scholarships based on specific majors, preference for geographic location, campus and other unique criteria. Within the UH System, students can apply for UH System Scholarships, campus scholarships, as well as scholarships that vary by campus department. Since campuses vary, students are encouraged to begin by looking at their home campus financial aid office website for more information.
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The STAR database offers a variety of scholarship that include need and merit-based awards, scholarships based on specific majors, preference for geographic location, and other unique criteria.
Foot Locker Scholar Athletes $20,000 Deadline: January 8, 2021
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For the tenth consecutive year, the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program will award $20,000 scholarships to 20 high school, college-bound seniors across the nation for being exemplary leaders on their sports teams, in their classrooms, and in their communities. The college scholarship, sponsored by the Foot Locker Foundation, is intended to help phenomenal student-athletes pursue their dreams of attending and excelling at a four-year college/university.
Click here or on the logo to apply.
APIA Scholars Scholarship up to $20,000 Deadline: January 14, 2021
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Scholarship awards range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards. APIA Scholars provides scholarships to underserved APIA students with a special focus on those who:

  • Live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status;
  • Are the first in their families to attend college;
  • Are representative of the APIA community’s diversity, (geographically and ethnically}, especially those ethnicities that have been underrepresented on college campuses due to limited access and opportunity; and
  • Have placed a strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as solid academic achievement.
Click here or on the logo to apply.
New Warrior Scholarship Up to full tuition+ Deadline: January 15, 2021
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New Warrior Scholarships
 The New Warrior Scholarship application portal is now open! Please encourage your students who meet application requirements to apply. If you have any questions please contact the New Warrior Scholarship Committee at manoa.scholarships@hawaii.edu. 
A scholarship to nurture the dreams of Native Hawaiian learners to grow as ‘ōiwi leaders. Na Ho‘okama a Pauahi isk available to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate financial need.
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A scholarship for future educators, Ho‘okawowo is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are kpursuing a degree and career in Hawaiian culture-based education. Eligible students will be notified via email after a CSS Profile is received.
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Awards are available to members and their dependents who are attending or plan to attend a university or college on a full-time basis. Member must be in good standing for at least one year.

Okata Eligibility:

Awards are available to members and their dependents who are attending or plan to attend a community college or vocational, trade or other post-high school study on a full-time basis.

NOTE: The application process for the Russell K. Okata Scholarship is the same as the Charles R. Kendall Scholarship. To be considered for the Russell K. Okata Scholarship, you must fill in the checkbox next to “I plan to attend one of the following: community college, vocational or trade school or other post-high school study. If other, please specify:” on the first page of the application, under the APPLICANT section.

Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship Up to $25,000.00 Deadline: January 20, 2021
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Submit a video (2 minutes or less in length) that addresses these questions:
  • What is your passion and how are you currently pursuing it?
  • How do you plan to use your passion to uniquely make a positive change in your community or the world?
  • How will your education help enable you to pursue your passion and make a change?

Your submission video must be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes in length. Think about filming this video on a phone, computer, tablet, or any other MP4 video-enabled camera to which you have access. It could be a short film, animation, or a simple testimonial. This isn’t about how well you can make a film—we want to learn more about you, your passion and how you plan to ignite change in your community and beyond!

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CB Opportunity Scholarship $500, then grows Deadline: October 31, 2020

Step 1: Build Your College List: $500, 100 per month until July 31, 2020.

Step 2: Practice for the SAT; $1,000, 150 per month until October 31, 2020.

Step 3: Improve Your Score; $2,000, 50 per month until January 31, 2020.

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Ambassador of Aloha Scholarship $500.00 - $5,000.00 Deadline: January 31, 2021
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For full-time, undergraduates attending an accredited college or high school seniors demonstrating financial need. Applicant must be a resident of Hawai’i; must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; and must participate in canoeing, surfing, kayaking, swimming, water polo, sailing or volleyball, with a record of accomplishments and intention to compete in college. Applicants should demonstrate the spirit of aloha through leadership and community involvement. Multiple scholarships available. Application requirements:
• Online Application
• A Personal Statement
• Transcript of Grades
• Two Letters of Personal Reference
• Athletic Resume (Last Three Years)
• Color Photograph of Applicant*
• Federal Tax Return (Applicant’s Parent)

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Hawaii Community Foundation Average - $6,000.00 Deadline: February 1, 2021
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$6 Million!*
*Hawai‘i Community Foundation has over $6 Million
a year available for scholarships from more than
280 funds to make the road to college—
and graduation—possible.
Click here or on the logo to apply.
See the flyer in the sidebar.
Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation $5,000.00 Deadline: February 1, 2021
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The Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation (HRYF), was founded by Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan during his year as the Rotary’s District Governor in Hawaii, 1976-1977. It was Sully’s desire to assist Hawaii’s high school graduates to realize their potential by attending a college or university of their choice here in Hawaii or on the mainland. Scholarship awards are $5,000 for graduating Hawaii high school seniors.
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See the app pack in the sidebar.
Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation Scholarship $3,000.00 Deadline: February 5, 2021
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COVID Update: A hard copy OR a scanned copy of completed application MUST be submitted to H101 by 2/5/2021, 3:00pm.

An outstanding graduating senior will be selected by each qualifying high school to receive a $3,000 scholarship. From this group, finalists from each school district, the Hawaii Catholic Schools, and the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools will be selected to receive an additional $2,000 scholarship.

Accredited schools with less than 100 students enrolled in grades 9-12 may also nominate a student with the understanding that their candidate will be grouped together with students from schools of similar enrollment size and considered for one of two $3,000 scholarships.

Three outstanding scholars will be selected from among the finalists for the following scholarships:

Mamoru Takitani Outstanding Student Award $10,000

Aiko Takitani Outstanding Student Award $10,000

Karen Uno Distinguished Student Award $8,000


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Elks National Legacy Awards $4,000 Deadline: February 5, 2021
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For the 2021 contest, any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2018, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2018, is eligible to apply. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2021. Great-grandchildren are not eligible.
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Hawaii Self Storage Student Scholarship $4,000.00 Deadline: February 14, 2021
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In 2005, Hawai'i Self Storage created a scholarship program to financial support future leaders in our community. The program annually rewards up to $4,000 each, to 10-11 high school seniors across the state. Hawai'i Self Storage has awarded:
166 scholarships awarded
$668,000 total funds

Click here or on the logo for more information.

See the app in the sidebar.

Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship $10,000/yr for 4 years Deadline: 2/18/2021
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At Amazon, supporting underserved students in their computer science education is not only important to us–it’s imperative to building a diverse tech industry and future. Our Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship program provides students like you with an opportunity to upgrade their careers with a $40,000 scholarship, plus a paid summer internship programming at Amazon.
Click here or on the logo to apply.
Fukunaga Scholarship $5,000/yr for 4 years Deadline: February 21, 2021
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The Fukunaga Scholarship Foundation's scholarships are awarded to encourage high school students in the State of Hawaii who intend to have a career in Business to pursue higher education at any accredited four­-year college or university.
Click here or on the logo to apply.
Vocational Grant - 2-year Degree/Diploma/Certificatee
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Upsolve Access to Justice Scholarship $2,500 Deadline: March 31, 2021
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As a nonprofit that uses tech to help Americans access their civil rights, we are passionate about social innovation. To empower the next generation of change-makers, we are encouraging students to submit short essays (500-1000 words) on how society can improve access to justice. The winning essay will receive $2,500.
Click here or on the logo to learn more.

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GEAR UP Running Start Scholarships continue to be available to support the participation of economically disadvantaged students in Running Start classes!  Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, and books for one 3-credit or 4-credit class per semester for eligible public school students.  We don’t anticipate that scholarship funding will be limited this year, so our office will be able to provide scholarship awards to students who previously received a scholarship from our office.  

Given the financial hardships faced by so many Hawai’i families right now, we’d like to strongly encourage eligible students to apply for GEAR UP Running Start Scholarships for the Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021 terms!  Deadlines for these terms have been posted on the Dual Credit website.

  • Spring 2021 DEADLINE: Friday, October 23, 2020

  • Summer 2021 DEADLINE: Thursday, April 1, 2021

  • Fall 2021 DEADLINE: Friday, April 23, 2021 

If a student has applied and been denied a scholarship BUT feel that they qualify, they can submit documentation to be reconsidered for a scholarship award.   Examples of the documentation that can be used to qualify/verify students for a scholarship are: SNAP, TANF, MedQuest, and/or individual eligibility for free or reduced lunch.
G70 Foundation Scholarship + Mentorship A share of $10,000 Deadline: April 1, 2021
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This multi-year tuition scholarship + mentorship, hosted by the G70 Foundation, created in 2002 by employees of Hawaii’s leading design firm, G70, is open to Hawaii High School seniors who will be graduating in 2021, and will be majoring in Architecture, Interior Design, Civil Engineering or Planning.
 
Note: Their goal is to assist qualified students until the completion of their degree through scholarship assistance and summer internship opportunities.
 
Award amount: ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 each
Deadline for applications is on April 1, 2021
 
Your students can learn more and get started on their application through here: https://scholarsapp.com/scholarship/g70-foundation-scholarship-mentorship
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Dr. Oliver M. Lee Scholarship $1,000 Deadline: April 1, 2021
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The Tsung Tsin Association of Honolulu, Hawaii is a IRS 501(c)(4) non profit organization with the mission to promote the exchange of knowledge among the Hakka peoples, develop a spirit of cooperation among the Hakka in Hawaii and throughout the world, and promote education, charity and benevolence.

For 2021, three (3) scholarships, valued at One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) each are available to 3 Hawaii students pursuing a post­ secondary education.  

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The Paradigm Challenge $100,000.00 Deadline: May 1, 2021
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The Paradigm Challenge is an ongoing competition that invites students aged 4 to 18 around the world to use kindness, creativity, and collaboration to help solve real-life problems and make a difference.
We welcome all types of ideas, including posters, videos, inventions, public messages, community events, websites, mobile apps, or anything else that will help address one or more of the Paradigm Challenge Projects.
Click here or on the logo to apply.
BigSun Athletics Scholarship $500 Deadline: June 19, 2021
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Please send us a short essay (500 - 1,000 words) answering the following questions:

  • How did your participation in sports during your high school years influence you?
  • Has your participation influenced your career goals?
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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.
Click here or on the graphic to connect. See the list in the sidebar.
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COP provides an alternative pathway for individuals who desire to attend the UHM but who lack the minimum requirementsc for admission. COP provides a free, intensive 6-week summer academic and residential program, which is designed to prepare individuals for a successful freshman year at the UHM. Participants are required to live on-campus and enroll in classes focused on upgrading academic and social skills. Room, board, textbooks, and instructional expenses are covered by COP. Participants who successfully complete the COP program requirements are admitted to the UHM in the fall semester and advance to COP's First-Year Academic Program.

During the First-Year Academic Program, students enroll in classes on a full-time basis and attend group meetings and individual appointments with COP advisors. "One-stop advising" is available at the COP office on issues related to registration, career planning and exploration, financial aid, on-campus employment, and other concerns. The COP office also serves as a "home base" on campus where students can do their homework, use computers, meet friends, or just hang out. During the First-Year Academic Program students are fully responsible for their college-related expenses.

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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

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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.

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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.