Scholarships & Financial Aid

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Below are some recommended scholarships listed by deadline:
Financial Aid Questions???
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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Manawa Kūpono is now offering an application for college fee reimbursements!

Our College Application Fee Reimbursement project is made possible through funds from the Native Hawaiian Education Program under the U.S. Department of Education. This reimbursement project is available for $75.00 to the first 100 students who meet the following criteria:
  • Native Hawaiian 
  • Bonafide resident of the State of Hawaiʻi
  • Submitted an application fee payment to their college of choice

Please complete the following documents to be considered for the fee reimbursement: 
  • College App Fee Reimbursement Form
  • WH-1 Form - Section A & E only (please see example attached on how to complete form
  • Receipt Confirmation of College App
  • Proof of Hawaiian Registry
All forms (in the sidebar) may be uploaded to our Dropbox: http://go.hawaii.edu/Ji5
This project ceases when all funds are depleted.

 
Should you have any questions, you can reach us at manawa.kupono@hawaii.edu. 
Kaiser Permanente Health Equity Scholarship Program $5,000.00 Deadline: May 15, 2021
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20 scholarships to Hawaii students at $5,000 apiece.
The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in healthcare, including both clinical and non-clinical roles. Preference is provided to students with financial need and/or from underrepresented communities.
See the flyer in the sidebar.
Forbes 30 Under 30 Mentorship Deadline: May 16, 2021
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Close the Gap Foundation is partnering with Forbes to launch a first-of-its-kind mentorship program that pairs first-gen, BIPOC students with Forbes 30 Under 30 listmakers to bridge the network gap.

 
  • Current 11th-12th graders with free/reduced school lunch

  • Motivated to learn and grow together (no minimum GPA!)

  • Available over Zoom from June-September 2021

2021 Longs Senior Scholarship Program $500.00 Deadline: May 21, 2021
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Eligibility:
  • Must be planning to major in Business or related field.
  • Be a graduating senior from a designated high school where a Longs Drug Store is located. Kaiser High is a designated school.
  • Intend to enroll in a two or four year college.
  • Provide evidence of involvement in school and/or community affairs.
  • Show academic promise-demonstrate progressive improvement.
  • Provide evidence of partial self-support to help cover educational expenses (for example, from savings, part-time work, etc.)
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
See the app in the sidebar.
Wisdom for Wisdom $value of dental work Deadline: May 27, 2021
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With college costs continuing to rise, we want to do our part to help.

Oral Surgery Hawaii is thrilled to host its Wisdom For Wisdom program. This program will provide free wisdom teeth removal to three local students to help offset some of their college expenses, like textbooks. These students will also be treated using EXPAREL, a non opioid, long-lasting treatment that will ensure a healthy recovery after the procedure.

If you are a student in or around Honolulu and need your wisdom teeth removed, or know a student deserving of this program, we encourage you to apply or share this information today!

Click here to begin.

Asian American Architects/Engineers Association Scholarship $5,000.00 Deadline: May 28, 2021
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The AAa/e Foundation is dedicated to providing opportunities and scholarships for students and other individuals in the profession of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC). Apply here.
AAA/E MEMBERSHIP
You must be an AAa/e member before the application due date. AAa/e Student membership is only $8.00. Apply for AAa/e membership here.

KCC Lunalilo Scholars $1,500.00 Deadline: May 28, 2021
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This program is an opportunity for non-college bound students to transform their lives through education. The program was designed to support students who lack the family and financial support to attend college, or have life challenges that make attending college difficult. Applicants must be able to attend Kapiʻolani Community College and a Summer Bridge Program.

Preference is given to applicants of Native Hawaiian ancestry.

Award: tuition, books and fees

See the App and Referral Form in the sidebar.

Hui Makaala Scholarship $3,000.00 Deadline: May 31, 2021
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Our goal is to promote the Okinawan culture and Uchinanchu Spirit through awarding educational scholarships to Hawaii's college-bound students who have an interest in and have contributed to the rich tapestry of Okinawan culture.

Click here or on the logo to apply.

Dong Ji Hoi Dr. Syngman Rhee Scholarship $varies Deadline: May 31, 2021
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Applicants must be of at least 50% Korean Ethnicity, a U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident, and a resident of Hawai'i.

This scholarship is available to college-bound high school or college undergraduates.

Deadline: All required documents must be received or postmarked by May 31, 2021.

 

For scholarship applications, email hawaiidjh@gmail.com.

Mail required documents to: Dong Ji Hoi

1832 Liliha Street

Honolulu, HI 96817

Hawn Lodge Free & Accepted Masons Scholarship $1,500.00 Deadline: May 31, 2021
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Purpose of the scholarship is to provide a $1500 grant to a high school student within the State of Hawaii, who has been accepted for or attends full time enrollment in an accredited college or university, leading to a Bachelor's degree.

Applications available in H-101, attached, and on Naviance. NOTE: Must have Counselor's Signature on the HS Guidance Counselor Name.

Paubox Kahikina Scholarship $1,000.00/year Deadline: May 31, 2021
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The primary objective of the Paubox Kahikina Scholarship is to encourage Native Hawaiians to pursue careers in computer science and software development.

The Paubox Kahikina Scholarship is recurring in nature. In other words, recipients receive $1,000 per year until they graduate (5 year maximum).

Kahikina Scholarship Criteria

  • Native Hawaiian
  • An interest in computer science (are you on GitHub?)
  • Enrolled in an accredited college or university
Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California Scholarship $2,500.00 Deadline: May 31, 2021
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The goal of this scholarship is to support future leaders as role models for the Hawai‘i community. This scholarship program is aimed at strengthening the pipeline of Bay Area college-bound students and ensuring retention so that more students obtain their degrees, support qualified Kama‘aina, and assist them in making the transition from high school to college, and from Hawai‘i to the mainland.

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?
Click here or on the logo to apply.
Bayer Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship $1000 Deadline: June 30, 2021
bPursuing a degree in life sciences: Agri, Bio, Chem, Nutrition, Physiology, Plant, Soil, Veterinary, Virology, Water, Zoology...
Click here or on the logo to apply.
See the app in the sidebar.
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Opp U Achievers Scholarship $2,500 Deadline: June 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.
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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!

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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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Our virtual financial aid informational webinars will help you learn:
- 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.
April 21

 

 

HEY CLASS OF 2021 STUDENTS! Get FREE help completing the FAFSA

MAY VIRTUAL WORKSHOP DATES

May 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

WHY ATTEND

Think your family makes too much $$ to qualify for Financial Aid? 

Guess again! There’s still time to access over $150 billion in grants,   loans and work-study funds from the federal government to help pay   for college, regardless of your family income — all you need to do is   complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). 

WHAT INFO TO HAVE READY FOR 

THIS SESSION: 

  • FSA ID for both student and parent (please complete prior to event.) Go to: https://fsaid.ed.gov
  • Social Security Number for student and parent
  • 2019 W-2 & 1040 Tax Documents for student and parent
  • Current account statements (checking, savings, investments, etc.) for student and parent

TO REGISTER 

collegeiswithinreachhawaii.com/fafsaworkshops

FOR MORE INFORMATION

FAFSA@hawaii.edu

May 3, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
Registration Code (same to access all sessions): https://hawaii.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Lf4TWyOcQ8eEnvuuBOY7og
Click the link above or the logo to go to the registration page.

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.

Click on the Titles to see more.

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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.