23 High-Quality Hawaii Scholarships for 2020 – 2021

With 16 colleges and universities for students to apply to in the Aloha State (plus options on the mainland!), it’s important to consider financial assistance to fund your college education. Wherever you are in your academic journey – high school senior, college freshman, or graduate studies, there are plenty of Hawaii scholarships to consider!

Here’s your list of 23 high-quality Hawaii scholarships:

1) Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Scholarship Program

Amount: Up to $10,000

Provider: Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation

Requirements: Must be a graduating high school senior at an accredited public, private, or parochial high school in Hawaii, possess a strong academic record, actively participate in community service endeavors. Please check the scholarship website for a full list of requirements.

The Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation presents at least 4 – 5 scholarships awards to outstanding graduating seniors in the state of Hawaii. Each qualifying high school will select a senior to receive a $2,000 Takitani Scholarship. From this group of graduating seniors, finalists from each school district will then be selected to receive an additional scholarship for $3,000. Among the finalists, three outstanding scholars will be selected to receive the $8,000 The Karen Uno Distinguished Student Award, the $10,000 The Mamoru Takitani Outstanding Student Award, and the $10,000 The Aiko Takitani Outstanding Student Award.

2) Hawai’i High School Humanitarian Scholarship

Amount: Up to $5,000

Provider: Davis-Levin Livingston

Requirements: High school senior, 3.0 GPA, resident of Hawaii, Proven record of dedicated service to the Hawaii community, resume, and transcript.

Davis Levin Livingston recognizes there are many young students throughout the State of Hawaii who are devoting enormous time and energy to help solve the problems plaguing our Islands. Too often, such good deeds go unnoticed. The $5,000 Hawaii High School Humanitarian Scholarship is an effort to notice and reward a graduating high school student who has been a leader in making Hawaii a better place.

3) KS College Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Provider: Kamehameha Schools

Requirements: Complete the CSS Profile, submit KS Net Partner forms, and submit required documents.

The KS College Scholarships give students the opportunity to submit one application to be considered for three scholarships, including the Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi Scholarship, the Mauō Scholarship, and the Hoʻokawowo. Check the scholarship website for individual scholarship requirements.

4) The Native American Political Leadership Program

Amount: Full scholarship program

Provider: AT&T

Requirements: Must be American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian.

The Native American Political Leadership Program is a full scholarship program for select students to study applied politics. This semester-long program is offered through George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Students will also have internship opportunities through the program.

5) American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Provider: Hilo Branch of the American Association of University Women

Requirements: Must be a female, in-state resident attending Hawaii Community College, with 3.0 GPA with a full course load (12 credits or more). To apply,  submit a financial aid application to HCC, references, and essay.


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6) Windward O’ahu Educational Grant

Amount: Varies

Provider: AAUW Windward O’ahu Branch

Requirements: Must be a resident of Windward O’ahu, complete the educational grant application, personal statement, high school transcript, and two letters of recommendation.

Another funding opportunity provided by the AAUW for students, this grant is awarded to  residents of Windward O’ahu who are enrolled in or admitted to a regionally accredited post-secondary institution in Hawaii.

7) Pauahi Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Provider: Pauahi Foundation

Requirements:  Complete the FAFSA, submit a letter of recommendation

The Public Scholarship Application allows students to submit one application to be considered for more than 100 different scholarships. The application is open to the general public, but students of Hawaiian ancestry are given preference. Check the scholarship website for more information.

8) Hawaii Education Association Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies per scholarship

Provider: Hawaii Education Association (HEA)

Requirements: Varies per scholarship

The HEA awards six different types of scholarships: HEA High School Students, HEA Continuing College Students, HEA Student Teachers, HEA In-Service Public School Educators, Ronald K. Toma Professional Development for In-Service Public School Educators, and HEA/Hiroshi & Barbara Kim Yamashita Undergraduate College Students.

9) Hana Lima Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,000

Provider: ALU LIKE, Inc.

Requirements: Be of Native Hawaiian ancestry, resident in Hawaii, with a High School Diploma or equivalent, not currently receiving any Kamehameha Schools financial aid for post-secondary education, maintain a 2.0 or higher grade point average (GPA), be enrolled at least half-time in a vocational degree (AA or AS – Associates Degree) or certification program in one of the approved educational institutions in Hawai‘i listed on the application.

The Hana Lima Scholarship Program assists students financially who are studying in a technical education or vocational program. This is a need-based scholarship available to students pursuing their AA or AS.


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10) UH System Common Scholarship Application

Amount: Varies per scholarship

Provider: Varies per scholarship

Requirements: Varies per scholarship

The UH System Common Scholarship Application allows students to submit one application to be considered for multiple scholarship opportunities (similar to Going Merry!). Students who completed a Hawaii Community Foundation application (link jump to HCF below) can migrate their account using the same username and password.

11) The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Music Department Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Provider: Varies

Requirements: Must be an incoming or continuing undergraduate or graduate student, each scholarship will be based upon academic achievement, musical accomplishment, and department service.

The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa offers Music Department Scholarships, College of Arts & Humanities Scholarships, and College of Education Scholarships. This is a great opportunity for students studying music to apply for college funding.

12) Regents and Presidential Scholars Program

Amount: $4,000 a year and a one-time travel grant of $2,000, plus full tuition waiver for set period of time.

Provider: The UH Board of Regents

Requirements: Regents Scholarship: Must be a college freshman, SAT total score of at least 1340 or ACT combined score of at least 29, maintain a 3.5 GPA in high school, and extracurricular achievements are shown to be remarkable. Presidential Scholarship: Must be a college junior, minimum GPA of 3.7, record of sustained progress in academic courses, and superior academic achievement or creative endeavor.

The UH Board of Regents established this scholarship program to provide financial assistance to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievements. All scholars are awarded $4,000 a year and a one-time travel grant of $2,000. Students who receive the Regents Scholarship will receive a full tuition waiver for four years of undergraduate study while Presidential Scholarship winners will receive a full tuition waiver for two years of undergraduate study.

13) The Ibrahim Dik Economics Academic Achievement Award

Amount: $1,000

Provider: IDEAAAs Selection Committee

Requirements: Enrolled in the last semester to complete 60 transferable credits at KCC, including ECON 130 and ECON 131, 3.3 GPA, be enrolled at Univeristy of Hawai’i at Mānoa as an Ecomonics major.

The IDEAAA provides financial assistance to students enrolled in Kapi‘olani Community College, encouraging them to continue their education at UHM.

14) Chancellor’s Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Provider: University of Hawai’i Hilo

Requirements: Graduating from a Hawai’i high school, reside of Hawai’i, accepted by University of Hawai’i Hilo, 3.5 GPA, 1280 SAT or composite score of 27 on the ACT, leadership and/or community service.

This scholarship is exclusive to graduating seniors from a Hawai’i high school who are accepted by the UH Hilo. Students must earn 30 credits per year, enroll as a full-time student, and participate in community service and/or other leadership activities with Chancellor’s Scholars.


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15) New Warrior Scholarships

Amount: Up to full tuition

Provider: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Requirements: Varies per scholarship. Please check the scholarship website for more information.

New Warrior Scholarships provide five different scholarship opportunities: Regents, Presidential, Mānoa Excellence, Mānoa International Excellence, and the Provost Achievement. The Regents, Provost Achievement, and Presidential scholarships require applicants to be residents of Hawaii while the Mānoa Excellence Scholarship is geared toward U.S. residents and non-residents, and the Mānoa International Excellence is open to international non-residents.

16) The State of Hawaiʻi B Plus Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Provider: University of Hawai’i

Requirements: Must be a Hawai’i resident, 3.0 GPA, and demonstrates financial need.

The State of Hawai’i B Plus Scholarship is one of my scholarships offered at the University of Hawai’i. Students may submit the UH System Common Scholarship Application to be considered for multiple scholarships with one application.

17) UH Maui College Merit Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Provider: University of Hawai’i Maui College

Requirements: Must be admitted as a regular student attending any of the ten campuses from the University of Hawai’i System.

Students may use the UH System Common Application to apply for UH Maui College Merit Scholarships.

18) The Second Century Scholarship

Amount: Varies based upon student’s financial need and funds available.

Provider: University of Hawaii

Requirements: Must be a Native Hawaiian student who demonstrates financial need.

The Second Century Scholarship is a need-based grant awarded to Native Hawaiian Students. The award amount will depend on the student’s financial need and the funds available. Native Hawaiian students may apply with their campus financial aid office and they will be considered for the scholarship award.


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19) Hawai’i’s Promise Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Provider: University of Hawaii community colleges

Requirements: Students must be attending one of the UH community colleges (including UH Maui College)

Hawai’i’s Promise Scholarship, a need-based scholarship program, provides financial assistance to students attending a University of Hawai’i Community College. Students don’t need to worry about submitting an application as long as they complete the FAFSA and enroll in a UH community college at least half time (6 credits).

20) University of Hawai’i West O’ahu Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Provider: University of Hawai’i West O’ahu

Requirements: Varies

UH West O’ahu provides a wide range of scholarship opportunities for full and partial tuition ranging from $2,000 to more than $7,000. Check out the scholarship website for full details.

21) The Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club-Scholarship Awards (currently closed)

Amount: Varies

Provider: PKHCC-SF

Requirements: Applicants may be required to submit a completed IRS form 4506-T Request for Transcript of Tax Form, preference is given to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry and members or member relatives of the Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club, 2.5 GPA, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) of a C.

The Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship Awards are available to undergraduate and graduate students. The PKHCC-SF includes a mentorship program, matching students with a mentor associated with the organization.

22) Hawaii Community Foundation Scholarship (check back next year)

Amount: Varies per scholarship

Provider: Hawai’i Community Foundation (HCF)

Requirements: Varies per scholarship

The HCF provides an all-in-one application (similar to Going Merry!) so students can create one account and apply for multiple scholarships. Please check the HCF website for more information.

23) University of Hawai’i Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Varies per scholarship

Provider: Varies per scholarship

Requirements: Varies per scholarship

The University of Hawai’i Foundation offers this helpful tool for students to search through hundreds of scholarships to apply for. Check out each scholarship’s requirements for more information.

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