Hawaii is a land of beauty and wonder. For college students, it can also be a land of opportunity because there are many programs offering scholarship in Hawaii for students who need a little help. The scholarships vary widely in eligibility requirements and award amounts, providing something for everyone and a needed boost to federal financial aid amounts. If you are a student in Hawaii who needs help paying for a higher education, check out these offerings for the assistance you need:
Fukunaga Scholarship Foundation
The Fukunaga Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships for students who are majoring in accounting, business administration, general business, management, management information systems, marketing, economics, finance, human resource management, information and computer sciences, international business, international management, and other business-related degree programs. Each year, the program provides $4,000 a year for a total of $16,000 to students just entering college. Around 10 of these awards are provided each year. To maintain the scholarships, recipients must show adequate academic progress toward completion of a full-time course load with a minimum GPA of 3.0. To be eligible for the scholarships, students must be graduates of public high schools in Hawaii who receive the BOE Recognition Diploma with Honors or be on track to receive it. In addition, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be citizens of the United States and residents of Hawaii, and show a desire to sustain a career in the Pacific Islands region. To apply, students must submit a completed application along with a copy of the FAFSA Student Aid Report, an official school transcript, college entrance test scores, and at least two letters of recommendation by March 1. Finalists will be required to submit a photograph and complete an interview. Interested students can find applications for these scholarships here.
Bowfin Memorial Academic Scholarships
These undergraduate scholarships are available to the children of submarine force personnel who are active duty, retired, or deceased. Applicants must be under 23 years of age and may attend school at any location in the United States as long as the qualifying parent lives in Hawaii. Recipients of the $500 to $2,500 awards are chosen based on academic achievement, financial need, extracurricular activities, and demonstrated potential. Awards are for one academic year, but are renewable yearly with reapplication. Interested students can find the application and further details at www.bowfin.org.
Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation Scholarships
The deadline to apply for these scholarships is in February of each year. The funds are available to graduating Hawaii high school seniors who are college bound. To compete for the funds, students must prepare a one-page essay detailing personal goals, how the scholarship will make the goals attainable, plans for serving the community after college, and any special circumstances or financial difficulties the student faces. Essays must be submitted to a high school or college guidance counselor or advisor. Recipients will be chosen based on extracurricular and academic achievement, the quality of the personal essay, financial need, and unique circumstances. One winner is chosen from each school. From there, six semifinalists are chosen from each district. High school winners receive $1,000 and semifinalists receive an additional $1,000 award. Finalists will be chosen to receive $5,000 or $10,000 stipends. Further details are available at www.takitani.org.
Cora Agunda Manayan Fund
This program provides scholarships for both graduate and undergraduate students. The funds are available to residents of Hawaii who are of Filipino ancestry and who plan to study in Hawaii in a health-related field. To be eligible, students must have a GPA of 2.7 or higher, exhibit good moral character, and have financial need. To apply, students must submit the application form along with a personal statement, curriculum plans, and future career goals by the February deadline. The scholarships are good for one year and are valued at $1,000. For applications and further information, visit www.Hawai’icommunityfoundation.org.
Arthur Jackman Memorial Scholarship
These scholarships are available to graduate and undergraduate students with preference being given to undergraduates. To be eligible, students must have at least a 2.7 GPA, financial need, and excellent moral character. Award amounts vary based on financial need of the recipient as well as available funds. For further details and scholarship applications, visit the official website.
Hawaii Community Foundation Scholarships
This program offers multiple varied scholarships to students who have at least a 2.7 GPA. The funds are available to students at the undergraduate, graduate, or vocational levels. Deadlines for the over 30 scholarships vary but are typically in February or March of each year. Students can apply for all scholarships through one application, though some programs may require additional information or documentation. Most offer varying amounts, ranging from $500 to several thousand dollars. On average, students can expect to receive around $1,800. For full details on the various scholarships, visit the Community Foundation website.
California-Hawaii Elks Major Project Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities
This program offers undergraduate scholarships to students in California or Hawaii who have a neurological, physical, visual, hearing, or speech/language impairment. To be eligible, students must be high school seniors, graduates, or GED recipients. Recipients are chosen based on financial need, academic achievement, seriousness of purpose, depth of character, and severity of impairment. Applications are available at Elks Lodge chapters and are due in March of each year. Recipients of the awards receive $1,000 per year for vocational school or community college attendance or $2,000 per year for four-year colleges or universities. The program provides approximately 20-30 scholarships each year. For further program details or to locate an Elks Club chapter, visit www.chea-elks.org.
Aloha Chapter Scholarships
These scholarships are available to Hawaii residents who are members of the armed forces or who are spouses, children, or grandchildren of military personnel. Applicants must be attending, or planning to attend a college or university. Recipients are chosen based on financial need, scholastic achievement, and personal qualities. Students who receive the scholarships are awarded $1,000 for one year. Four such scholarships are available each year. For applications and further information, visit www.aloha-moaa.org.
Honolulu Post Scholarships
These scholarships are provided by the Society of American Military Engineers – Honolulu Post to undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree in architecture or engineering. To be eligible, students must be citizens of the United States and have at least a 3.0 GPA. While military affiliation or experience is not required, it is given preference. To apply, students submit a transcript, a resume of work experience, a list of academic activities, extracurricular accomplishments, and an essay on architecture or engineering and its impact on society, the nation’s defense, or homeland security. The program provides $2,500 to two students each year. To apply or to get further information, visit www.same.org.
Korean University Club Scholarship
To qualify for these scholarships, students must be graduating high school seniors who are citizens of the United States and at least part Korean. In addition, applicants must be intending to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in Hawaii and have financial need. Recipients of the scholarships will receive $1,400 per year for four years. Applications and further information are available at www.cds.hawaii.edu.
Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program
To be eligible for these graduate or undergraduate scholarships, applicants must be Native Hawaiians who are training in osteopathic or allopathic medicine, clinical psychology, dentistry, nurse midwifery, registered nursing, nurse midwifery, public health or community nursing, psychiatric nursing, social work, physician assistant, dental hygiene, primary care nurse practitioner, or marriage and family therapy. Though students can study in any state, they must agree to serve in a designated healthcare facility in Hawaii after graduating from college. Priority is given to past recipients who have completed their service obligation and are seeking further support. Applications are due in March and are available at www.nhhsp.org.
Native Hawaiian Health Fund
This program provides full coverage of tuition and fees as well as a stipend of $1,157 per month to the student. Recipients are obligated to provide full-time clinical primary health care services in a Native Hawaiian health care system, an HPSA in a medically underserved area of Hawaii or another area of Hawaii designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Recipients must provide one year of service for each full or partial year of support with a minimum obligation of two years. Further information is available at www.nhhsp.org.
Bruce Angwin Memorial Scholarships
Juniors in high school who plan to attend an accredited four-year engineering or related degree program are eligible for these scholarships. To qualify, students must be attending high school in Region 6 of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. To earn the scholarships, students must write a 500-600 word essay explaining the importance of electronics technology, the future of electronics in the U.S., what electronics will offer to future generations, how students plan to prepare for a career in and contribute to the field, and how others will benefit from these efforts. The first prize winner will receive $5,000 and the second prize winner will receive $3,000. In addition, winners receive a paid trip to the Wescon Electronics Show and Convention in San Francisco or Los Angeles. For contest details, visit www.coe.isu.edu.
These scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students who exemplify servant leadership. All recipients of the awards must provide community service to the Hawaiian community. Amounts vary depending upon fund availability and financial need of recipients. To qualify, students must be full-time students at a college in Hawaii or on the mainland. For further information, visit www.ces.hawaii.edu.
Edith Kanaka’ole Foundation Higher Education Scholarship
This scholarship program is open to students who have at least partial Native Hawaiian ancestry. To be eligible, students must be attending, or planning to attend, a Hawaii college or university full-time. In addition, applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA and agree to a “give back” requirement. Award preference is given to students in a discipline with los Native Hawaiian representation, lessees or children of lessees in a Department of Hawaiian Homes, students born and raised in the Ka’u, Kohala, Puna, or Hilo districts, upper-division or advanced standing students, and Hawaiian cultural practitioners. Recipients receive a stipend for one year, which may be maintained if the recipient holds a 3.0 or higher GPA. Full program information is available at www.edithkanakaolefoundation.org.
MGMA Western Section Scholarships
To apply for these scholarships, applicants must be residents and members of the MGMA Western Section for a minimum of two years. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in medical practice management, including business administration, public health, healthcare administration, or a related area. To apply, students must submit a letter describing career goals relevant to the management of medical practice along with a resume, three letters of reference, and transcripts or documentation of acceptance to a college or university. Recipients receive a one-year award of $2,000. For full application details, visit www.mgma.com.
Hawaii Association of the Blind Scholarship
These scholarships are available to residents of Hawaii who meet the legal definition of blindness or visual impairment and who are members of the American Council of the Blind. To apply, students must submit high school and/or college transcripts, two letters of reference and a two-page personal essay by the May or November deadlines. Recipients receive at least $1,000 toward college expenses. For applications and further program details, visit www.acb.org.
Clem Judd, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
This program provides scholarships from $2,000 to $2,500 each year to Hawaii residents who can prove their Hawaiian ancestry. To qualify, applicants must be junior or higher undergraduate students at an accredited college or university in the United States who are majoring in hotel management. Applicants must have financial need and a GPA of at least 2.8. Applications and full scholarship information is available at www.Hawaiihotels.org.
Hawaii Chapter Society of Fire Protection Engineers Academic Scholarship
This scholarship program is open to Hawaiian residents who are enrolled in a fire protection engineering program at an accredited college or university in the state. To apply, students must submit a letter of introduction, transcripts, proof of permanent residence, proof of membership in the local chapter of SFPE, and a statement detailing why the applicant deserves the scholarship by the October deadline. Students interested in these $1,000 scholarships should visit the official site at www.sfpeHawai’i.org.
These and other scholarships in Hawaii make it more affordable than ever for students to pursue a college education. If you live in the Aloha State and are ready to improve your education and employment potential, these funds can help you get where you want to go.