Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is required for all financial aid.
A scholarship is a type of financial aid that is awarded to students for educational expenses based on merit, financial need, or specific requirements that are set by scholarship donors. Unlike loans, scholarships do not have to be repaid. Scholarships come from multiple sources, including the University of Hawai’i (UH) system, local businesses and organizations, and private donors.
To increase your chances of being awarded a scholarship, be sure to take the following steps:
- Before March 1st each year, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Before March 1st each year, complete the UH System Common Scholarship Application
University of Hawai’i System Scholarships
To be considered for University of Hawai’i system scholarships, including Hawai’i Community College scholarships, you must submit the FAFSA and the UH System Common Scholarship Application before March 1st each year. System scholarships are awarded based on various criteria, such as financial need, merit, geographic location, and program of study. Some specific programs are outlined below.
University of Hawai’i Foundation Scholarships
The University of Hawai’i Foundation (UHF) awards various scholarships from private donors, including alumni, businesses, corporations, and other foundations. UHF works with donors to establish scholarship criteria but students are selected by their respective colleges. Scholarships may be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so completion of the FAFSA and the UH System Common Scholarship Application prior to the March 1st deadline is highly encouraged.
Hawai’i Promise Scholarship
The Hawai’i Promise Scholarship ensures that first-degree, in-state students, with demonstrated financial need, have enough free financial aid to cover the direct costs of attending school, including tuition, fees, and an allowance for books and supplies. Qualified students must enroll in 6 credits each semester toward an eligible program of study. Award amounts are based on direct costs that are not covered by other financial resources, and are subject to revision based on enrollment level, financial need, and receipt of additional resources.
State of Hawai’i B+ Scholarship
The State of Hawaiʻi B+ Scholarship is for first-year, full-time, in-state students attending college right after graduating from a State of Hawai’i public high school. A minimum 3.0 high school GPA is required, as well as completion of 4 credits of English, 3 credits of math (including Algebra I and Geometry), 3 credits of science (including Biology), and 3 credits of college preparatory coursework, such as foreign languages, fine arts, and social sciences.
If you meet the criteria listed above, please use UH Filedrop to submit your high school transcripts for review to email@example.com. Be sure to write your UH ID on your transcripts and in the Filedrop Optional Message, and indicate in the Filedrop Optional Message that you are requesting Hawai’i B+ Scholarship Consideration.
Second Century Scholarship
The Second Century Scholarship is available to students with Native Hawaiian Ancestry and demonstrated financial need. Awards are made to students enrolled in at least 6 credits toward an eligible program of study, and amounts are based upon financial need and available funding.
External scholarships are scholarships from individuals and organizations not affiliated with the University of Hawai’i system. Each scholarship donor determines their own criteria and deadlines, so be sure to read all information carefully. Applications may become available as early as the fall semester prior to the year you start school and are often awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to apply early.
While many scholarship opportunities and donors are legitimate, be mindful that you should never have to pay to apply for a scholarship. Some donors may also be looking to take advantage of free advertisement from students by requiring students to share their websites on social media and engage in competitions with other applicants to obtain the most likes, shares, upvotes, etc. Even if legitimate, the likelihood of winning these scholarships is generally low, and your time may be better spent focusing on other scholarship applications. In general, it is best to trust your instinct - if it feels like a scam or a waste of time, it probably is.
Students are legally obligated to report external scholarships to the Financial Aid Office. Most external scholarships are sent directly to the school, which allows the Financial Aid Office to update student accounts prior to the disbursement of funds, however some donors choose to issue scholarship funds directly to students. If a scholarship is issued directly to the student, the student must report the scholarship in their MyUH portal according to the instructions below. Failure to do so may result in financial aid reductions or cancelations, and adverse tax-related consequences.
To report an external scholarship that is not already included on your financial aid account:
- Log into your MyUH portal.
- Click on the View My Financial Aid Information tile.
- Select the appropriate campus and aid year.
- On the Financial Aid tab, under My Award Information, click on the Award by Aid Year link.
- Select the Resources/Additional Information tab.
- Scroll down to the outside resources table.
- Enter a resource description, including the donor name and the scholarship name, if applicable.
- Select the term of the scholarship.
- Enter the full scholarship amount for the term selected in the previous step. Add an additional line if you are reporting multiple scholarships, or if a scholarship is for more than one term.
- Add any relevant comments to help identify or distinguish the scholarship from other resources already posted to your account.
External Scholarship Opportunities
Below is a list of scholarships from external donors, many of which are frequently awarded to Hawai’i Community College students. You can also find external scholarships from scholarship search engines, such as Fastweb, Sallie Mae, and College Board. Please note that the links below lead to external websites that may not be accessible to users who rely on accessibility tools to interpret online content.
“HCF distributes over $7 million annually to deserving students, making it the third largest private provider of post-secondary scholarship in the state. Our scholarships support students who are pursuing degrees from colleges and universities, as well as those obtaining career and technical education at a community college. In 2020, the average scholarship award was over $6,000 per student.”
“From our littlest keiki to those exploring higher education and career development, we’re here to help nurture the dreams of all Native Hawaiian learners. Beyond high school, learning continues in different shapes and forms. Explore opportunities to continue your development.”
“HEA offers a slate of scholarships for public school teachers, administrators, educational assistants, student teachers, college students, and graduating high school seniors. These scholarships assist current and future teachers with professional development and achieving college degrees. HEA has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to hundreds of scholarship recipients in the teaching profession. Our goal is to help you become the best that you can be.”
“The Hana Lima Scholarship Program (HLSP) provides financial assistance to students participating in a vocational or technical education program for occupations that can provide a living wage.”
“AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, we have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families.”
“The Rotary Club of Hilo Bay offers scholarships to returning students at Hilo Community College to support their continuous education.”