Scholarships & Financial Aid

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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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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.
Project Yellow Light $2,000-$8,000 Deadline: March or April 1, 2021
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Here’s what we’re looking for: A video, billboard design or radio spot created to motivate, persuade and encourage your peers to not drive distracted. You have a unique opportunity to play a key role in spreading this important message. You can speak to your peers on this subject in a way that adults cannot. The more lives you can impact, the more lives you can save.
Click here or on the logo to apply.
Odo Scholarship $1,000.00 Deadline: March 1, 2021
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The Scholarship Committee will award the scholarship to a qualified applicant based on the following criteria:
  1. The applicant's intent to return to Hawaii after college;
  2. The applicant's extra-curricular activities (preferably activities that demonstrate leadership skills and interests); and
  3. Other factors related to and in furtherance of the goals of the Foundation.
The HIJC Foundation Scholarship $1000.00 Deadline: March 1, 2021

For Hawaii students intending to attend a Hawaii College or University.

Send a photo; Complete the attached application in the sidebar - and answer the question, "Why do I want this Scholarship?"

Close the Gap Microgrants $2,100 Deadline: March 3, 2021
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This year, we're awarding:

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Who can apply? U.S. students enrolled in 9th-12th grade for the 2021-2022 school year and qualify for free or reduced school lunch. No GPA or essay required.
Deadlines: Applications are due by March 3rd, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Click here or on the logo to apply.
See the flyer in the sidebar.
Vocational Grant - 2-year Degree/Diploma/Certificatee
Click here, on the logo, or on the name for more information.
Bridging the Dream Scholarship $10,000 Deadline: March 8, 2021
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#SallieMaeFundScholarship

The Sallie Mae Fund’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program for High School Seniors helps make the dream of higher education a reality for outstanding students from minority and other historically underserved communities.

High school seniors who are facing financial challenges may apply to win a $10,000 scholarship to help them attend college or a vocational-technical school.

Applications are now open through March 8, 2021. Winners will be announced in early May.


Click here or on the logo to apply.
YWPA Scholarship $1,000.00 Deadline: March 10, 2021
zThe goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing the candidate’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
‘Public affairs’ refers to all aspects of community life where decisions have to be made about issues which relate to and affect those communities in which people work and live.
In order for more women to be represented in key decision-making positions worldwide, we must encourage young women to pursue careers or seek leadership p positions in public policy making, government and volunteer organizations and further their education with these aims in view.
Click here or on the logo to apply.
See the application in the sidebar.
EWISP Portion of tuition and expenses Deadline: March 12, 2021
The EWISP scholarship awards high achieving seniors who want to attend college.
The scholarship is based on academic performance and financial criteria.
The scholarship will cover a portion of tuition and course-related expenses. 
The Kaiser HS deadline for a completed application submission is March 12, 2021.
A scholarship committee will select one Kaiser nominee to apply online for the scholarship.
Completed applications are due to Mr. Mc in H101; or by email to: eric.mccutcheon@k12.hi.us
Download the application in the sidebar.
TIM Scholarship $2000.00 Deadline: March 15, 2021
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On behalf of the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) at the Shidler College of Business at UH Manoa, I am excited to announce we have a scholarship available for incoming freshmen students planning to major in TIM at UH Manoa beginning this fall 2021!
 
Students can be awarded up to $2,000 for the 2021-2022 academic year, with the opportunity for renewal for an additional year (as long as eligibility requirements are met). 
 
The application is available online on our website (link below), with a deadline of March 15, 2021. Note: one (1) letter of recommendation is required. 
Click here or on the logo for more information.
QuestBridge College Prep Scholars $1,000, free summer college course, guidance Deadline: March 24, 2021
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Applying to college can seem daunting, and the prospect of paying for it can seem even more overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. The College Prep Scholars Program equips high-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds with the knowledge, confidence, and resources to apply to top colleges.

Why apply as a junior? Being a College Prep Scholar is a notable distinction that shows our 45 college partners that you are a competitive candidate for admission. In addition, your application will automatically carry over for the National College Match when you’re a senior, giving you a head start on applying for a full four-year scholarship to our college partners. College Prep Scholars are historically five times more likely than other applicants to receive full four-year scholarships through the National College Match.

As part of the 2021 College Prep Scholars Program, QuestBridge offers the Quest for Excellence USA Award, which celebrates our nation's rich heritage and variety of communities. The top College Prep Scholar in each state will receive specialized awards to support their path to college. 

Click here or on the logo to apply.

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.
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Opp U Achievers Scholarship $2,500 Deadline: March 31, 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.

GEAR UP Running Start Scholarshipsg

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
Click here or on the logo for more information about G70.
Stop Texting & Driving Scholarship $1,000 Deadline: April 1, 2021
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Create a 30 to 60 second video on YouTube that convinces us that you will not text and drive. Craft your video so that your story convinces others to not text and drive.

Click here or on the logo for more information.

HEA Scholarship $2,000 Deadline: April 1, 2021
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The Hawaii Education Association (HEA) is offering two scholarships of $2,000 each in academic year 2021-2022 to deserving high school seniors (preference will be given to those in preK-12 teaching and who are HEA members, children of HEA members, or grandchildren or legally adopted grandchildren of HEA members. Members must be in good standing and shall have been members for at least one year).  Employees, officers & directors of HEA, and their immediate family members and individuals living in the same household (whether related or not) of such employee, officer or director are not eligible to apply.

These one-year scholarships are offered to graduating students who will enroll in any two- or four-year state or nationally accredited institution of higher learning in the 2021-2022 academic year.


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See the app in the sidebar.

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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American Indian Education Fund Scholarship $2,000 Deadline: April 4, 2021
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The American Indian Education Fund was established to support educational opportunities for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students. Our vision is strong, self-sufficient American Indian communities. Applicant Criteria: Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian (student or one parent must be enrolled and have documentation). Attending an accredited 2 or 4 year college/university or technical/vocational school. Must be enrolled as a full-time student. GPA between 2.0 - 3.5 is desirable, however, ALL current or future undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. An ACT score of 14 or above is desirable. Scholarships are available for undergraduate studies only. Online schools or summer programs are not funded. Scholarship can only be used for tuition and books Scholarships available through the American Indian Education Fund.

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BBB Students of Integrity Scholarship $2,000.00 Deadline: April 5, 2021
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About the Scholarship

The Students of Integrity Scholarship is an essay scholarship that recognizes students who personify and communicate ethics in the real world, as demonstrated through community service, personal integrity, and academic accomplishments. This opportunity is open to high school juniors and seniors from Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Western Wyoming. Each winning essay will receive a $2,000 scholarship to the school of their choice.

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Oahu FCU Monetary Award $2,000 Deadline: April 9, 2021
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Oahu Federal Credit Union is offering two $2,000 monetary awards to seniors of high schools within its membership jurisdiction. The applicant does not have to be a member of Oahu Federal

Credit Union.

Criteria for selection will be based on the following:

1) Scholastic achievement commensurate with abilities as indicated on nationally accepted aptitude tests.

2) Citizenship and character emphasizing traits of trustworthiness, honesty, integrity, and leadership.

3) An essay of one (1) page about the following topic: THE COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS HAS DISRUPTED EVERYONES LIFE. HOW HAVE YOU

ADJUSTED TO THE CHANGES? WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT

YOURSELF AS A RESULT OF THE PANDEMIC?

Click here or on the logo to apply. See the app in the sidebar.

Associated Chinese University Women $2,500.00 Deadline: April 19, 2021
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ACUW will be awarding a number of college scholarships of $2,500 open to high school students who will be full-time undergraduate students in the 2021-2022 academic year and currently enrolled full-time undergraduate and graduate students of an accredited American four-year college or university, including a professional degree program administered by the Shidler School of Business, William S. Richardson School of Law, or John A. Burns School of Medicine ( JABSOM) for the 2021-2022 academic year. Scholarship awards shall be made on the basis of scholastic achievement, financial need, good character, extra-curricular activities, and involvement in school and/or community service. In addition the applicant must:
· Be Chinese or interested in Chinese culture
Click here or on the logo to apply.
Xi Psi Zeta Chapter Scholarship $Varies Deadline: May 1, 2021
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Founded January 16, 1920, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was organized on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations - to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of the day

See the app pack in the sidebar.
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.
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.

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.
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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.
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March 17
April 21
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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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.

Have you read Lehua Parker's Books?d
Do you enjoy books and poems celebrating the Pacific Ocean Island cultures?
Enter the writing contest supporting the CLH Conference on June 5 and 6.
Create your own story or poem and win a signed book by Lehua Parker.
Deadline - March 31, 2021.
See the details in the flyer in the sidebar.