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Scholarships or Merit Based Financial Aid*
*The 2013-2014 Scholarship season is officially underway.  Please check the due dates to see if the scholarship has been updated.  When I update a scholarship, I will put the due date in BOLD lettering to show that it has been updated.  Since many scholarships now have their own website and no longer send us opening and closing dates or applications, I sometimes do not get time to go find their info and update it here.  If you see a link, click it and check their site.  Email me if you have questions.  Happy hunting!
To win most scholarships or merit based financial aid, students need to earn a high grade point average (GPA) mainly.  I say "most scholarships" because there are many scholarships that are less concerned about your GPA and more concerned with where the student is from, what school or program they will attend, what gender or race or religion a student might be.  So no matter what your situation, there are scholarship opportunities for you!  And it should be remembered, many scholarships go un-awarded every year because either no one applied or no one who applied met the requirements.
Many colleges and universities have some fairly standard scholarships for which they consider every student who is accepted for admission, while other scholarships must be specifically applied for.  Students should look closely at the websites of the colleges to which they are seriously applying to learn about the scholarship opportunities that are available through that college.  Students should also call the financial aid and/or admissions office to ask if there may be other scholarships or information not yet added to the website.
For example, here is a link to UH Hilo's Scholarship Opportunities page Lots of good scholarship information there!  But it's not exactly easy to find from the UH Hilo main page.  You have to ready to put your time in clicking around college sites.  Some are easier than others but some are designed by people who enjoy the rubrick's cube too much.   And so it is that while the internet makes financial aid information more available than ever, students (and more likely, parents) still have to do their homework and weed through a lot of other information to get to the good stuff.
Beyond the schools, there are organizations which help make the hunt for scholarships easier.  For Hawai'i students, that organization is the Hawai'i Community Foundation.  Their site lists hundreds of Hawai'i based scholarships available to our students.  But even this site makes you hunt a little to find the list of scholarships.  Click on the words "Scholarship Seekers" along the top of the page, and then click "Search All Scholarships" and you'll get what you're really looking for!
Then there are big, and I mean big, scholarship websites that can be easily found by googling "scholarships".  One of the largest of these is  This site requires that you register and provide some profile information which the site then uses to pull possible scholarship opportunities out of its huge database.  Fastweb will even send you regular emails about potentially appropriate scholarships.  But be warned.  The amount of information that comes back at you can be a tad overwhelming.
Below you will find two tables.  The first has just a few of the major sites with either lists or searchable databases of scholarships.  Below that, you will find a list of local scholarships which are available to Hawai'i students.  Between the two tables with links, you will find enough to keep you quite busy.  But, of course, there is more out there and you will have to search for those on your own!   
That about covers it for now.  The main thing I'd say is start sooner rather than later in your search for scholarships.  And be prepared to work at it.  The money is not going to just fall in your lap, but if you have worked hard and earned good grades, there are likely scholarships for you!
And one word of caution.  Be wary of any site that promises scholarship money for a fee.  I'm not saying that they are all scams, but I'm convinced many, if not most, are. 
Happy hunting!
Here's an excellent set of resource materials created by the fine folks at Hawai'i Community College.  We have permission to reproduce for student and and parent use.  It's full of good references and info to help you in the scholarship search process.  Click to download!



Works to connect bright, motivated low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation's best colleges.  
National College Match Program helps connect deserving low-income students with admission and scholarships to top colleges.
Quest Scholars are typically students in the top 10% of their class but whose family income is 60k or less (family of four) or who qualify for free or reduced price lunches.  
Check out Questbridge if you think you might qualify!
Don't wait though!  Deadline for seniors to apply is September 27, 2013!


Hawaii Community Foundation

***New this year!  If you apply to HCF by January 31st, 2014, they will review your application to make sure you have all the necessary documents and will notify you if revisions to supplemental documents are necessary before the Feb. 20th deadline!***

Update (August 25, 2013):  I've updated the links above.  All should be live.  The table below will have anything that comes across ours desks.  Many are small, local to the Big Island one's that still are sent through the mail.  Keep your eye on those.  They may not be a huge amount, but each adds up! 
I think I un-bolded everything from last school year so that the new ones will stand out.  Also, if the scholarship does not have a website, I'm scanning the application and posting it here so you can download easily.
For those who still like the old fashioned way, stop by the Counseling Center, Room A-1, and we will have everything we post here in a binder which students can search.  There is not much at the moment, but around December, they will really start rolling in.
Good luck!





100th Infantry Battalion Legacy Scholarship


 Mar. 5, 2012

 $3,000 and $1,000

The purpose of this scholarship is to perpetuate the 100th Infantry Battalion military accomplishments and their motto of "Continuing Service." Although academic, extracurricular activities and leadership are highly regarded, we would like this scholarship to go to students whose actions, beliefs, commitment to community service and to perpetuating universal values like duty, honor, integrity, loyalty, personal courage, respect, and self-less service are stellar. In addition, we are looking for students, who in the future will engage in perpetuating the legacy of the 100th Infantry Battalion so that others will value freedom, loyalty, and patriotism. 
(Online app only)

 Jun. 14, 2013

Must be a junior or senior who plans on attending a post-secondary educational institute and has the ambition to succeed. 
(Online app)
Oct. 4, 2013
AES Engineering is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education. Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by the essays that are submitted. 

AFCEA Hawaii Merit Scholarship (The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) 

Apr. 30, 2012


Applicant must be graduating from a public (includes home schooling) or private high school in Hawaii. Applicant must indicate an intention to major in a discipline that supports AFCEA Hawaii Fields of interest (communications, IT, Intelligence, and global security). Before any scholarship checks are mailed, awardees must be accepted into an accredited 4-year college/university anywhere in the U.S. 
(Online app only)

Dec. 1, 2013
Ranges to Full College Tuiton
See website.
(online app only)

Dec. 31, 2013
To be eligible you must be a graduating high school senior, be a daughter or son or financially dependent grandchild of an active or retired, full dues-paying AFSCME member, be an applicant to an accredited college or university and subsequently accepted as a full-time student in a four year degree program. 
'Ahahui Ka'ahumanu Helu 'Ekolu Scholarship
Apr. 19, 2013
(Postmarked by)
To be eligible, you must be a U.S. Citizen and resident of Hawai'i, hold a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, be Female and be accepted to an accredited college or university in the State of Hawai'i.
Apr. 30, 2013 (Postmarked by)
To be eligible, you must have been accepted and intend to attend an accredited institution of higher learning (includes vocational, junior or community college; university; or technical school.  Also, demonstrate a desire to enter and show educational pursuits with extra consideration being given to those who wish to become a part of the air transportation industry, demonstrate commitments to the community or school service, and disclose a financial need for the Airline Ohana Scholarship.
Feb. 15, 2012
This scholarship is available to students in vocational education program that leads to a specific segment of employment. Applicant must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry, be a resident of the state of Hawaii, be enrolled in a vocational degree or certification program (AS or AAS-Associate's Degree) for the Summer 2010 term in a specific educational institution (please see application for this information). 
Mar. 8, 2013
(Received by)
$1,000, $1,500 & $2,000
Applicant must be a graduating high school senior in the final half of his/her school year, or a high school graduate within 6 months of the app deadline. Applicant must be entering a field of study directly related to financial/resource management (such as business admin, economics, public administration, accounting, finance). 
(Online app only) 
Jan.10, 2014
$2,500 to $5,000
Must be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census, be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States, be enrolling in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2012, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or have earned a GED, must apply for FAFSA by Feb. 1, submit one letter of recommendation. 
Plus 2013 Special Scholarships
Nancy Wong Yee
April 1, 2013
 Up to five $2,000  


ACUW will be awarding up to five regular scholarships of $2,000 each. Awards shall be made on the basis of scholastic achievement, financial need, character, extra-curricular activities, and school and/or community service. Open to full-time undergraduate students of accredited American universities and four-year colleges. Applicants must be of Chinese or part-Chinese ancestry, be of U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and State of Hawaii residents, have a minimum GPA of 3.8. 

AXA Achievement Scholarship   

Opens Sept. 5, 2013
(Only the first 10k applications will be accepted.  Apply early.)


Must be a senior who plans on attending an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university and can demonstrate an outstanding achievement(s) in a school, community or workplace activity. 
 Opens Oct. 15, 2013
(Only the first 10k applications will be accepted.  Apply early.)

An AXA Achiever must demonstrate; ambition and drive, determination to set and reach goals, respect for self, family and community, and ability to succeed in college.

 Ayn Rand: Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

 Sept. 17, 2013
*for 12th graders, college undergrads and grad students*


For 12th graders and college students. Essays will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas.

Ayn Rand: Anthem Essay Scholarship

Mar. 20, 2014
*For 8th, 9th, and 10th graders*


No application is required. Contest is open to students worldwide. Entrant must be in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade. Essay must be between 600-1,200 words.

Ayn Rand: The Fountainhead Essay Scholarship

Apr. 26, 2014
*For 11th and 12th graders*

$10,000 to $50

For 11th and 12th graders. Essay will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of The Fountainhead.

B. Davis Scholarship

(online app only)
May 28, 2012
Please see website for information.
 Apr. 1, 2013
The Barney S. Fujimoto Memorial Scholarship is provided each year to Big Island seniors by HPM Building Supply. The scholarship was established in 1973 to recognize achievement and promote excellence by awarding $1,000 scholarships to selected Big Island seniors who plan to attend an institution within the University of Hawai`i system. The scholarships are in memory of Barney S. Fujimoto, a past officer of HPM Building Supply who held very strong convictions about the merits of higher education.
Best Buy @15 Scholarship 
(Online application only)


Feb.15, 2012

*Best Buy seems to be on hard times.  Might close so possibly no further scholarships.  Future uncertain*

Must have solid grades, involved in volunteer efforts in schools and communities, and/or have a work history. Students must be planning to attend a college, university or technical school in the fall immediately following their high school graduation. 9-12th grade students from private, public, alternative or home schools are eligible to apply.
Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute
Feb. 18, 2014
$1,000 seed grant renewable 3x Applicant must be a legal U.S. citizen or permanent resident, a public high school junior, GPA of 3.5 or higher, taking AP or International BA classes, demonstrates leadership in schools and community and have scored exceptionally well on PSAT/SAT or ACT. Please see website for more information on program. 
Feb. 28, 2014
$2,500 to $1,000 
Must be a member in good standing of the Big Island Federal Credit Union. Applicants include students who will be or are attending either a two-year or four-year post-secondary institution of higher learning. 

Big Island Press Club

Jun. 9, 2012
Several Scholarships which range from $500-$1,500
Applicants must: have residential ties to Hawaii Island; Express a clear interest in and aptitude for a career in journalism or a related field; Be pursuing a degree in journalism or related field at an accredited institution of higher learning; maintain a strong record of academic achievement. 
Big Island Retired Military Association (BIRMA) Mark Allen Traxler Memorial Scholarship
Mar. 31, 2013
For a high school senior who is a child/grandchild of an active duty, reserve, National Guard or retired military member. This includes the U.S. Coast Guard. Students who have completed two years in a JROTC or Civil Air Patrol program are also eligible regardless of their parents' military service status. Minimum GPA 3.0

Big Island Road Runners Scholarship

Apr. 12, 2012 (postmarked)
One male and one female
-A runner, preferably long distance
-Graduating senior from the Big Island
-GPA of at least 2.5
-Completed application
-Accepted to a college, university, community college, apprenticeship program or vocational school.

(Online application only) 
Jun. 22, 2012
Must be a senior student-athlete who plans on attending a post-secondary educational institute.  Not limited to any particular sport. Send a short essay answering the following question: What are your most important extracurricular or community activities? What have you done to contribute to them? Send essay to
Blood Bank of Hawai'i Scholarship Program
(See Flyer)
Students who host a blood drive during the summer can earn cash awards based on the number of pints donated, ranging from 25 pints to 61 pints and beyond.  Top award is $500.  For more information, contact Michelle Tandara at 848-4713 or through email.
(online app only)

Feb. 28, 2014
Program encourages applicants to apply who: will be enrolling for full-time study as first-time freshmen at a 4-year college or university; plan to major in one of the following fields: science, technology, engineering, math, business adm, finance, marketing, or design; interested in a career in the automotive or related industries. 

Burger King Scholars


Jan. 10, 2014
$1,000 Available to all eligible high school seniors, must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, Work part-time a minimum of 10 hours per week or 40 weeks per year, must be actively involved in community service activities, demonstrate financial need, plan to enroll in an accredited two or four-year college, university, or vocational/technical school by Fall of the application year. 
Captain David Lyman Scholarship for Hawaii Residents
Jan. 15, 2013
Must be a resident of the state of Hawaii; be an applicant to any of the California Maritime Academy's program licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard; apply for admission; be a student who meets the academic criteria for the Western Undergraduate Exchange scholarship, and meet the California State University admission requirements for Hawaii first-time freshmen or Hawaii transfer students. 
CATRALA - Hawai'i Scholarship
Apr. 19, 2013
$2,000 a year for four years 
Program provides scholarships for high school seniors in the state of Hawai'i who will be pursuing higher education in the travel industry management or other business-related course of study at any accredited four year college or university.  Based on financial need, academic standing (Min. GPA 2.5) and community service. 

Chaminade University-Native Hawaiian Scholarships

(Online app only)

- Please see website
(Online app only)
Jan. 17, 2012

Awards are available to members and their dependents who are attending or plan to attend a college or university on a full-time basis. Member must be in good standing with HGEA for at least one year. Must demonstrate financial need.
Chew Yee Janet Lam Scholarship
Apr. 22, 2011
$500 Awards made on the basis of scholastic achievement, financial need, character, extra-curricular activities, and school and/or community service. Required major field of study in education. 
(Online app only)
Rolling year-round
Scholarship recipient must have plans to enroll for the first time as a full-time student at a Christ-centered Christian college or Bible college within 16 months of being notified by the Christian Connector, Inc. that he/she has won the drawing. 
2011 Citizenship Award Scholarship
Feb. 15, 2011
Applicants must be enrolled as a senior in one of Hawaii's public schools.

Coca-Cola Scholars

(Application online only)
Oct. 31, 2013
Must be a current high school senior attending school in the U.S.; anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application; planning on pursuing a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution; Min. GPA 3.0 at end of junior year of high school 
College Prowler "No Essay" Scholarship Mar. 31, 2011

Applicant must be a U.S. high school student.
(online app only)

May 27, 2011
Applicant must be: a current high school or home schooled senior attending school in the United States; Neither parent has earned a four-year college degree, must be attending a CSO partner college or university (see website for list); seek financial aid and scholarship support for college; involved in extracurricular and leadership programs in school or in the community.
Apr. 19, 2013
2 - $500
Must be graduating Hilo High Seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Students must plan to major in Business.

David S. Ishii Foundation/Yasuko Asada Memorial College Scholarship Fund


Apr. 30, 2014

(Postmarked by)

2 x $1,000
Renewable for 4 Years
(1 boy and 1 girl)
For high school seniors (one boy and one girl) who are currently on their school's golf team and who are planning to attend college in the fall of 2011.
Feb. 12, 2014
(Opens in Nov.)
$10,000 to $50,000
Be 18 or younger as of Oct. 1, 2014.
Be a U.S. citizen residing in the United States, or a Permanent Resident of the United States residing in the United States, or be stationed overseas due to active U. S. military duty.
There is no minimum age for eligibility.
The Davidson Institute is looking for students whose projects are at, or close to, the college graduate level with a depth of knowledge in their particular area of study. This scholarship is not geared toward students at the novice level.

Dell Scholars Program

Opens Nov. 1, 2013
Must be participating in a Michael and Susan Dell Foundation for a minimum of two years, graduating from an accredited high school this academic year, minimum GPA 2.4, demonstrate need for financial assistance, planning to enter a bachelor's degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after your graduation from high school.
(Online app only)
Jan. 31, 2011
*Having a hard time finding a "scholarship program" on Discover's website now.  Unclear if still going*
Must be a junior, have a GPA of 2.7 or better, demonstrate accomplishments in community service and leadership and has faced a significant roadblock or challenge. 
(Online app only) 

Feb. 22, 2013
*Watch for this one!  No info for this year yet, but it will be coming and the due date will likely be close to Feb. 22*
Must be a senior who will graduate from an accredited Big Island high school; first generation to attend college (neither parent holds a four-year degree); admitted to UH Hilo; minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; submission of SAT or ACT scores; demonstrate financial need. 
Dr. James L. Brewbaker Scholarship Apr. 30, 2010 *Unclear if still active*

First Place $1,500 Second Place $1,000 Third Place $500

Scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors based on the best essay response about the benefits of agriculture biotechnology in Hawaii.
Jan. 15, 2011  *Will not be offered for 2013-2014*
Recognizes high school seniors who understand and value the limitless possibilities that education can offer with a scholarship award.  Applicants must be 12th grade high school students graduating in the spring of 2010, age 21 or under. 

East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai Scholarship

Apr. 13, 2013 (postmarked)
Applicant must be a senior in any East Hawaii public high school, be of good moral character with above average record in scholastic standing, be a child or grandchild of an East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai member in good standing.
Eddie Aikau Foundation
Mar. 31, 2011 *May not longer be offered*
$1,000-$3,000 Program seeks to recognize outstanding young people, active in the community who are making positive, significant differences-often against great odds-to promote Hawaiian values that are such an important part of the legacy of Eddie Aikau. Applicant must demonstrate financial need, be a resident of Hawaii, be a graduating high school senior, plan to attend a college, university, technical institute, professional training program, etc., minimum gpa 2.5
Feb. 22, 2013
Must be a senior who is a member of the Hawai'i Schools Federal Credit Union, graduate from high school in 2012.  be planning to or be attending a college or university in the U.S. and have a GPA of 3.0 or better. 
Edwin Y.C. Liu Scholarship
 TBA (See Ms. Kanhai for more info)
 $1250 x 2
 Applicant will attend either UH Hilo or UH Manoa, have financial need, be of Asian descent, e.g. Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Vietnamese, pursuing a liberal arts curriculum, e.g. English literature, history, arte, etc. (not business, science, economics), and have maintained a 'B' average throughout high school.
Dec. 6, 2013
four-year awards ranging from $4,000 to $60,000
Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States.  Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks and will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need.

Faiaso Soliai Hannemann Leadership Awards

May 4, 2012
Applicant must be in a senior class standing; be of Samoan ancestry; GPA 2.5 or higher; participation in student government, preferably in leadership positions, and participation in on-campus activities or community service; selection for honors and awards. 
March 15, 2014
Two $1,500 scholarships
Candidates must have graduated or will be graduating from High School in the year of application, must have the intent to further their education in an agricultural related field, and write a short essay on "What future does Tropical Agriculture have for the young." Please see scholarship application for further requirements. 
Mar. 31, 2013
(Received By)
Will be awarding 1 award of at least $4,000 and 4 awards of at least $3,000 each.
Must be a Hawaii resident, a high school senior, have a GPA of 3.5 or better and be accepted to a 4 year college/university.

Filipino Women's League Community Scholarship

Mar. 1, 2014


$1,000 Applicant must be of Filipino ancestry; be a current Hawaii high school student with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better; provide documentation of acceptance from an institution of higher learning in the state of Hawaii; and enroll as a full-time student at said institution.

Foodland's Shop for Higher Education

Mar. 20

 (Applications must be turned in to Ms. Kanhai or placed in Ms. Kanhai's box in the main office by 4:30pm)
Hilo High has won between 3 to 5 $2000 scholarships per year.  It depends on how much shopping at Foodland we do. 
Beginning Feb. 10th, show your Maika'i Card to any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms cashier and give them our school code (code no. 7525, Hilo High School). For every dollar you spend with your Maika'i Card (Feb. 10-Mar. 23), you'll earn one Maika'i Point for yourself plus another Maika'i Point for our school. Purchase products marked with Double, Triple or Quintuple Points shelf signs and you'll earn bonus points for our school. The more people we have earning Maika'i Points for us, the more scholarships our school can receive. 
Fred and Annie Chan Tuition Scholarship 
Feb. 15, 2012
$2,000 for Tuition 
Objective is to support incoming students who are interested in pursuing a research career in the field of information and computer science.  Minimum GPA of 3.0. 

Friends of the Pana'ewa Zoo & Gardens-Gordon Granger/Sally Rogers Memorial Scholarship


May 1, 2013


Student must be a graduating senior from a public or private school on the Island of Hawaii. Applicants should have plans to attend college and to major in one of the life sciences, with intent to pursue a career focused on improving the well-being of wild animals in some significant way.
Mar. 1, 2014
$16,000 over 4 years 
Scholarship is offered to qualified students from Hawaii who wish to pursue studies in preparation for a business career at an accredited four-year college. The scholarships will be offered only to students who major in Business. Applicants must be students who are graduates of public schools in Hawaii and who will be earning the BOE recognition diploma with Honors (3.0 GPA or better) or, if graduating before 2013, be on track to have received it.
(Online app only) 
Jan 15, 2014
Pays full college costs after FAFSA
Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if he/she: are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asia and Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American, have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, will be enrolling for the first time at a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree seeking student, first year student in the fall of 2010; or GED, have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities, meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria, and have all three forms submitted by the deadline.
 George S. Nakano Memorial Scholarship
TBA (See Mrs. Kanhai for more info)
 Open to students of 2 or 4 year colleges pursuing Business or Economics majors and who hold a cumulative high school gpa of 3.0 or better. Preference to those with financial need.
To apply, students must register at the above site.
Jan. 9, 2014
$10,000 Renewable

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholars candidates must:

  • demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;
  • demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by Scholarship Management Services;
  • be citizens of the United States of America;
  • be high school seniors attending high school in the United States, or any of the U.S. territories and commonwealths and graduating in winter 2013 or spring 2014.  Applicants living on a U.S. Armed Forces base and attending high school outside the U.S. are eligible.  Home-schooled students who are graduating in winter 2013 or spring 2014 are also eligible.
  • plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2014-2015 academic year.
Gromet Foundation Scholarship
Nov. 9, 2013
 Up to$5,000 Renewable
 For financially disadvantaged students who excel academically.  In terms of financial disability, our criteria is roughly a family income of 150% or less of the 2009 to 2010 Federal poverty guidelines for Hawai'i.  For example,150% of the guideline for a family of four (4) in Hawai'i is $38, 040.00 or less.
April 30, 2014

$500 x 2

(1 boy and 1 girl)
Applicants must be in senior class standing; be of Samoan ancestry; have a GPA of 2.5 or higher; participation in student government, preferably in leadership positions, and participation in on-campus activities or community service; and selection for honors and awards. 
March 5, 2014
$500 cash
Leadership Training
College Application Assistance Scholarship/Financial Aid Assistance
Internship and Mentorship Opportunities
For Juniors:  Must be college bound, have a strong record of community service, be a self-starter, have financial need, show strong commitment to their academic studies and commit to participating in the Hamilton Leadership Academy.
March 1, 2014
(Online App Completed by) 
$750 to $2000 per semester
Scholarship is available to ten high school seniors each year who will attend the University of Hawaii, including community college, and are legally related to active or retired members of the ILWU Local 142.
Feb. 15, 2014
(Due by date)
College bound students interested in the field of teaching Health, Physical Education, Dance or Recreational Leadership.  Minimum 3.0 GPA , must have been enrolled in any recognized high school program in Hawai'i for a minimum of two years, must be accepted as an undergraduate in college or university with health, physical education, recreation and/or dance program(s) and carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours.
Hawaii Association for Career and Technical Education (HACTE)
(Not sure if this one is still going)
Mar. 1, 2011
Eligibility-Any career and technical education student who meets all of the following qualifications:
1. Resident of Hawaii according to UH standards
2. Student who is registered as a full-time student in an Associate of Science or Associate in Applied Science degree or Certificate of Achievement program in a career and technical education major at any one of the University of Hawaii community colleges or other accredited post-secondary two year institutions.
Apr. 30, 2012 (received by)
Must be a senior, have a GPA of 2.75 or higher, and have stated their intention to work in the broadcast industry in Hawai'i upon completion of school.
(2 Year)
(4 Year)
Mar. 28, 2014
$750 for two-year degree candidate
$1,000 for four-year degree candidate 
These scholarships are open to qualified Big Island high school seniors and graduates of Big Island high schools. Candidates must be pursuing a career in accounting and plan to enroll full-time at an accredited college or university throughout the 2014-2015 academic year in order to be eligible. 
Hawaii Civic Club of Honolulu
May 15, 2010
Applicant must be of Hawaiian descent, a resident of Hawai'i, a full-time student in an accredited two or four-year college and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. 
Check with the Financial Aid Office of the UH System school you are applying before March 1st!
Up to $5,000
Awarded to students who have graduated from a public high school in the State of Hawaii since 2006, had a high school 3.0 GPA, had a rigorous high school curriculum, and have demonstrated financial need. It requires at least half-time (6 credit hours) enrollment.
Apr. 9, 2012
(Waiting on update for this year!)


(5 different scholarships)
Open to any high school senior attending a high school on the Island of Hawaii. The applicant must plan to attend a post secondary college or four-year college during the next school year. 
Hawaii County Bar Assoc. 2013 Scholarship Essay Contest
May 17, 2013
(Received By)
$500 x 2
 Any graduating senior from a Hawaii Island High School (located in Puna, South Hilo, North Hilo, or Hamakua Districts), or the child of a 2013 Hawaii County Par Assoc. (HCBA) Member, who has been accepted into an accredited Trade School, Community College, College, or University.  The winning applicants will have to show proof of eligibility, which may consist of copies of a high school diploma, acceptance letter to an accredited school, or other acceptable documents.

Hawaii County Ronald Reagan Scholarship Fund

Apr. 15, 2013
Between $500 to $2500
Must be a senior in one of the eleven public high schools in Hawaii County. Applicant must write an essay of at least 1,000 words in length on subject matter. The topic is the Bill of Rights: "Which article of the Bill of Rights do you personally think is the most important in the year 2013 and why do you think it is more important than any other Nine Articles? Fully explain your reasoning." 

Apr. 1, 2014 (Received by 12 noon)

Two $2000 scholarships
For deserving high school seniors who are HEA members, children of Hea members or grandchildren or legally adopted grandchildren of HEA members. 

April 30, 2014
$1,000 x 2
Sorry, but North Hawai'i residents only (Share with a Kohala cousin!).  Must show compelling financial need.  The most important considerations in the selection process are extreme financial and familial hardships. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior.
Hawai'i Island Landscape Association 
Apr. 30, 2012
Student must be enrolled in their senior year at any high school on the Island of Hawai'i or currently enrolled or planning to enroll in any college, university, or institution of higher learning in a program in horticulture, landscaping or agriculture (Green Industry).  Must also be able to demonstrate financial need. 

Hawaii Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce

(online app only)
*Probably around June 1, 2014*

Applicant must be of Portuguese or part Portuguese ancestry; or be a member of the Hawaii Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce or be sponsored by a member; and be a current or former resident of the Island of Hawaii; and be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an accredited college or university.
Hawai'i Island United Hongwanji Buddhist Women's Association Scholarship 
Apr. 15, 2013
(postmarked by)
2 scholarships of $750
Must be a high school senior who is actively involved in Dharma School, Jr. YBA, and other Hongwanji related organizations of the Honpa Hongwanji on the Island of Hawai'i.  Student must be of good moral character with above average record of scholastic 
June 15, 2012
Must be a Hawai'i resident, a senior in high school within the State of Hawai'i and have a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
March 18, 2014
1st - $500
2nd - $300
 3rd -$200
Open to Juniors and Seniors. Winners given cash awards.  Enrollment at HPU not required.
(Their site seems to be down but the application below will download)

Jan. 31, 2014

(Received by)

Must be a graduating Hawaii high school senior applying as a full-time student to an accredited 4-year college or university in Hawaii and the U.S. mainland to earn a baccalaureate degree; must be a U.S. citizen and legal resident of Hawaii; Ineligible are Rotarians or their spouse, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, brothers or sisters. 
Hawaii State AFL-CIO 2011 Scholarships
Apr. 25, 2011
Scholarship is open to any senior graduating from a high school in the state of Hawaii who plans to pursue a post-high school study on a full-time basis at a university, college, community college, vocational or trade school. Having a family member in a union is not required

Hawaii State Federal Credit Union

Mar. 30, 2011
Be a current member of Hawaii State Federal Credit Union or the dependent of a current Hawaii State Federal Credit Union member. To qualify as a dependent, you must be listed as a dependent on a parent or legal guardian's taxes, have applied to, been accepted to, or be currently enrolled in a post-high school educational program on a part-or full-time basis. 
Range from Feb. 1 to Apr. 15, 2012
Approximately 20 different scholarships for varying student attributes.  Check their site.
Hawaiian Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons Scholarship
May 31, 2014 (Received by)
 Must be accepted in and will attend full time in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's Degree.  See application for other requirements.
Heald College 2012 High School Scholarship Program
Scholarship events will be held monthly during the 2011-2012 academic year, beginning in November 2011 and ending in May 2012. During each event, participants will compete for scholarships valued between $1,200 and $2,100. 
 Prior to 12:00am CT, Feb. 8
 Awards range between $2,000 and $12,000
Quantitative criteria: GPA, class rank, test scores, honors, activities on campus and hours/types of community service.  Qualitative criteria: Each student is asked to answer an essay question: "Please explain how a person believing in you has had a positive impact on your success.  What did he/she do and how did it help?"

HFS Federal Credit Union Scholarship

Mar. 29, 2014 $3,000
Must be a current HFS Federal Credit Union member, Big Island High School Senior with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, will attend an accredited 2 or 4 year vocational-technical school, college or university in 2012-2013 full time (12+ credits) and demonstrate financial need.
Hickam Officer's Spouse's Club Scholarship Mar. 1, 2011
All applicants must be the dependents of one of the following: Active duty Air Force members permanently stationed in Hawaii or members who have PCS'd from Hawaii within 2009-2010 school year, Active duty Air Force members on a remote assignment from Hawaii, Retired Air Force members residing in Hawaii, Full-time Hawaii Air National Guard and Air Reserve members residing in Hawaii, Deceased Air Force members residing in Hawaii. Applicants must be a senior graduating from a Hawaii high school. 
Hickam African-American Heritage Association (AAHA) 2010 Chief Doris Brewster Scholarship
Feb. 19, 2010
Students must meet the minimum requirements to graduate from a high school in Hawaii. Our target group is high school seniors who are dependents of active duty or retired military personnel.
High School Pulama I Ke Ola 2010
Apr. 15, 2010
$100 for first place
$50 for second place
$25 for third place
Contestants must be Big Island high school students and do not have to be conference attendees. 
Apr. 14, 2012
Applicant must be a senior who is a member in good standing or whose parent/guardian is a member in good standing with the Honpa Hongwanji on the Big Island.  Must also be of good moral character with above average scholastic standing and has participated in church related activities. 
Hilo High School Alumni Scholarship
March 14, 2014 (Postmarked)
2 x $1,000
The Hilo High School Alumni Association will be awarding two $750 scholarships to current graduating seniors.  Preference will be given to applicants enrolling at the University of Hawaii at Hilo or Hawaii Community College. 
Demonstrates  leadership ability through participation in school and community activities, has a minimum cumulative gpa of 2.5, and can demonstrate financial need.  
Hilo High School Class of 1960 Scholarship 
April 1, 2011
HHS Class of 1960 awarding scholarships to three deserving Hilo High School seniors who plan to attend Hawaii Community College in the Fall of 2011. One scholarship will be awarded in each of the following fields of study: culinary arts, public and human services, industrial and engineering technology. Criteria: Minimum GPA 2.5, Non-academic activities, Career goals and Educational Plans and Financial Need. 

Hilo High School PTSA Senior Essay Scholarship


May 7, 2014 (Must be turned in to school office by 12pm)

2 - $500
This Award is made without regard for financial need or academic merit.  Applicant must be accepted for admission to a program of post high school education at an accredited college, university, vocational or technical college, student or parent must be a member of Hilo High School PTSA. 
Hilo Hongwanji Young Buddhist Association Scholarship

Apr. 13, 2012
Applicant must be a senior in high school, an active member in good standing with the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, of good moral character with an above average scholastic record and 
April 30, 2012
Two $1,000 Scholarship Awards
Must be graduating from a High School on the Island of Hawaii with plans to attend a four-year college/University, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and involved in at least one extracurricular or community based organization during high school (community organization must have provided volunteer based services to the communities of the Island of Hawaii). 
Hilo Medical Center
Hui Haukapila Scholarship
May 1, 2012
$500 x 2
 Applicants need to be:  Hui Haukapila members, associate members or the child or spouse of a member or associate member; Grade point average of 2.20 or better in the prior year; verifiable enrollment or acceptance to an accredited school of higher education.  Applicants must also provide an essay, two letters of recommendation (one of which must come from a teacher) and a statement of community involvement.
Hilo Woman's Club 
Apr. 15, 2014
(Received by)
Must be a senior who graduates from an East Hawai'i high school with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Student must also demonstrate financial need and enroll at UH Hilo or HCC. 
2014 Horatio Alger Scholarship Oct. 25, 2013
Applicants must be enrolled full time as a high school senior, progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer 2012, with plans to enter a college in the United State no later than the fall following graduation; A strong commitment to  pursuing and completing a BA degree at an accredited institution; show critical financial need; involvement in co-curricular and community service activities; minimum GPA of 2.0; US citizenship. 

HMSA Kaimana Award Scholarship

Feb. 15, 2013
$2,000 with an extra $1,000 possible
Scholarship selection is based on students’ individual athletic and academic achievement, sportsmanship, and community involvement, with special focus given to students in lower-profile sports. Applicants must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75, participate on one or more league-recognized high school sports team, and graduate at the end of their senior year.
Apr. 9, 2012
HPU Tuition Waiver 
Awarded to entering high school graduates or entering transfer students who are interested in pursuing one of the degrees offered by the HPU College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 
Apr. 9, 2012
Up to $750 
Awarded to incoming freshmen; graduates of high schools in Hawai'i with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and 1100/24 SAT/ACT scores or higher.
March 4, 2013
Competition open to high school juniors and seniors. The topics for this year pertain to Hawaii's sustainability. Applicants must select one of the subject matters for essay: "Sustaining Hawaii's sustainability," "How I plan to contribute to sustainability for the future of Hawaii," or "Hawaii's sustainability in the economy." 
Apr. 9, 2012
$10,000 to $3,000
Awarded to incoming freshmen who are high school graduates in Hawai'i.

Hui Makaala Scholarship

June 2, 2014 $2,500 to $3,000
Hui Makaala seeks to promote higher education to students who have interests in the Okinawan community, culture, and arts. It is not necessary that applicants be Okinawan, but they should have a demonstrable interest in the Okinawan culture (some examples: Japanese language, karae, Okinawan dance, taiko, sanshin, the Okinawan Festival or appreciation of Okinawan food, history or art).
Mar. 31, 2014
The applicant will be a graduating senior from a Hawaii high school or will receive a GED from the State of Hawaii DOE, who will be attending an accredited two or four-year college in the Fall of 2011.  Student must also show involvement with Okinawa culture.
April 21, 2014
 Must be a Hawai'i resident at time of application; be a full time, classified student at a regionally accredited U.S. educational institution recognized by KS; have a minimum GPA of 3.0; have a conferred/anticipated bachelor's degree by Spring, 2013.
JABSOM Scholars
Jan. 5, 2012 
Scholarship support covering undergraduate tuition costs for four years
The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) has partnered with the Undergraduate Programs at the University of Hawaii at Manoa to launch the Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program (DMEAP). DMEAP will admit ten incoming freshmen with the goal of increasing the number of highly qualified state residents attending UHM's John A. Burns School of Medicine, preparing them to become exemplary physicians. 
Jack and Otome Miyashiro Scholarship Fund
Mar. 31, 2014
The Fund is awarding a scholarship to a graduating senior from a State of Hawaii DOE high school who will be attending an accredited two-or four-year college in the Fall of 2011. A student who will receive a GED may also apply. Applicant or Applicant's parent or legal guardian must be a current resident of the County of Hawaii.
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
Feb. 15, 2013
(5pm EST)
$6,000 Renewable for 4 years

Be a graduating, minority high school senior. Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States.  Show leadership potential.  Demonstrate a dedication to community service.  Present evidence of financial need.  Be a United States citizen.  A minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 22.  Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4-year college when applying for the scholarship.

Japanese American Citizens League Honolulu Chapter 2012 Emerging Leader Scholarship Award
May1, 2012
Only available to Hawai'i residents.  Appllicants must be a graduating high school senior planning to attend a trade school, business school, college, university, or any other institution of higher learning in Fall 2012.  Awards may be given to up to two (2) applicants that best demonstrate a commitment to civil rights.
Jan. 7, 2012 
$500 to $10,000 
Essay scholarship, open to high school students in grades nine through twelve.  Essay requirements can be found on the website. 
Apr. 30, 2010 
3.0 minimum GPA, leadership and service, must be of Filipino ancestry, high school senior admitted to a University of Hawai'i campus, must show financial need, U.S. citizen or resident and involved with school or community activities. 
Feb. 14, 4pm
(Received by)
$3,000 with a possible additional $2000 for recipients with exceptional qualities
Scholarship selection is based on students’ individual athletic and academic achievement, sportsmanship, and community involvement, with special focus given to students in lower-profile sports. Applicants must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75, participate on one or more league-recognized high school sports team, and graduate at the end of their senior year.
(Online app only)

If awarded, the scholarship will discount your off-campus lease contract by $1,020 for the full year
Applicant must have graduated from a Hawaii high school or received a GED, have a 2.7 GPA for the 2011-2012 school year, write a 400-500 essay on why you would like to house with Hawaii Student housing during the 2012-2013 school year, be enrolled during the 2012-2013 school year. 
This scholarship is administered through the Hawai'i Community Foundation. 
Feb. 17, 2012
Be a current year graduating senior of Hilo High School.  If there are no eligible applicants from Hilo High School, current year graduating seniors will be considered from other Hawai'i Island high schools in the following order of preference: Waiakea High School, St. Joseph High School, other Hawai'i Island high schools.
Be an athlete that participated in more than one varsity sport while in high school.
Attend a four-year college or university in the continental U.S. with preference for NAIA or Division II.
Have a minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA.
Have leadership experience and qualities as demonstrated by serving as the captain of a varsity sports team, a student government leader or an officer of an extracurricular program.
Have participated in community service.
Additional Essay and Letter of Recommendation Required
Open applications from Feb. 8 to Mar. 30, 2012
Applicant must be a classified student in a degree-seeking program at an accredited institution; be enrolled full-time in an accredited two or four-year post-high degree program; demonstrate financial need; meet academic requirements.
Kenneth O. Rewick Educational Aid

Feb. 28, 2013


$1,000 and up
Applicant must be a resident of Hawaii or have graduated from a high school in Hawaii;must have applied for (or have been accepted for) enrollment in any accredited undergraduate or graduate school in Hawaii or elsewhere or applicant must have been accepted to a school for other specialized training beyond high school.  Awards are made without regard to religious affiliation.

Kiewit Building Group Scholarship

Mar. 31, 2012
Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, be accepted as a full time undergraduate student at an accredited 4 year university, intent to pursue a engineering, architecture or construction management, and must supply two letters of recommendation.
(Online application only) 
Feb. 8, 2012
Awards are up to $20,000
To qualify graduating highs school seniors must: earn a minimum high school cumulative GPA 2.75; enroll in a public college or university within their state of legal residence; plan to pursue a bachelor's degree; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; demonstrate financial need. 
Seems to be a number of scholarships to attend science related programs offered at a number of mainland colleges.
Students interested in restoration and preservation of Hawai'i's wildlife. 

Kohala Puerto Rican Social Club Student Scholarship

Apr. 30, 2012 Postmarked
Student must be of Puerto Rican ancestry and biological parent(s) must be members of Kohala Puerto Rican Social Club. Student must be a member of the graduating class of their current high school year, have good scholastic records, demonstrate good character and attitude. School and community service will be considered.

Kona-California Scholarship


Apr. 21, 2013

(Emailed by)

Seniors and graduates of Big Island high schools who plan to study full-time in California after graduation are encouraged to apply.
Kuilei Chancellor's Scholarship
Jun. 30, 2011
Scholarship supports recent high school graduates from the State of Hawaii Department of Education system who may not have performed at their highest potential in high school, but have the potential to thrive at Kapi'olani Community College. The scholarship will be offered to applicants with preference to students from populations that are underrepresented in higher education as identified by KCC. 
Feb. 14, 2013
$3750 per semester for four years
Applicants must be incoming freshmen, current resident of Hawai'i, a graduate of any high school located in Hawai'i, become a full time student at ISU, be enrolled in the college of Human Sciences in a specified major, demonstrate financial need (FAFSA), and maintain a 2.5 gpa at ISU.
May 1, 2013

Applicants must be of Hawaiian ancestry, have a high school diploma, be enrolled in or accepted to attend a two or four year degree institution, demonstrate financial need and have a minimum of 2.0 GPA. 
Longs Senior Scholarship
Due to Ms. Kanhai by Apr. 12, 2013
Applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a business career, be a graduating senior from a designated high school in a community where a Longs Drug Store is located, intend to enroll in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, provide evidence of involvement in school and/or community affairs, show academic promise, provide evidence of partial self-support to help cover educational expenses, be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
May 31, 2010
Must be a senior graduating in the spring and will attend a full time post-graduate educational institution.  Student must also plan on majoring in one of the following Hawaiian studies:  music, dance, language, culture, history or humanities.  
Feb. 6, 2013
(Applications Due to Ms. Kanhai by 3pm, Wednesday, Feb. 6th)
$1,000, plus the opportunity to win awards of $5,000 and $10,000 
The Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation Scholarship is for a high school senior with a strong record of scholastic achievement, who is actively involved in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and community service.  Applicant must pursue post-secondary education and demonstrate financial need.   One student will be selected from Hilo High and will receive $1,000.  That student will then have a chance to win up to $10,000 in state level consideration.
Manawa Kupono Native Hawaiian Scholarship Mar. 31, 2011
Must be of Hawaiian ancestry, be enrolled full-time, demonstrate financial need based on your EFC from the fafsa, be able to achieve in an academic environment as demonstrated by a cumulative undergraduate/graduate GPA of 2.0/3.0 or better. 

Manoa Chancellor's Scholarship

(online app only) 
Jan. 5, 2012  $4,000 a semester
To be eligible, students must: be admitted as a classified full-time first year freshman to UH Manoa; have a 3.5 cumulative high school GPA; have a 1600 SAT combined score or 25 ACT composite score; show evidence of superior academic achievement or creative endeavor including a record of academic, co-curricular, and community service activities; be a graduate of a Hawaii high school. 
Mar. 1, 2012
Up to $30,000 over four years
Must be a senior who is a child of a marine, minimum GPA 2.0. 

Merriman's Culinary Scholarship

Dec. 31, 2012
For students who plan to become a full-time student in the Food Service program at either the Hilo campus, or the University of Hawaii Center at West Hawaii.
Mike Sakamoto Memorial Scholarship
Jan. 31, 2012
Applicant must be a graduating high school senior, applying as a full-time student to an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. to earn a BA degree; must be a U.S. citizen and legal resident of Hawaii. Applicant must have intent to major in marine sciences, oceanography, or other fields related to fisheries; must have ocean-related hobbies and have a personal involvement and/or interest in the fishing community. 
Contact NYU Financial Aid Office
Up to full tuition aid with minimum merit based award of $18,000
Seems to be a scholarship associated with New York University.
April 1, 2014
Graduating seniors in good standing from any public or private high school in the state of Hawai'i who will be attending an accredited college/university to pursue education in a life science related field (agriculture, agronomy, biology, botany, genetics, horticulture, plant physiology, chemistry, crop science). 
Apr. 21, 2014
Must be a Hawaii resident; be a full-time student at a regional accredited US educational institution recognized by KS; demonstrate financial need; must complete a College Scholarship Services CSS/Profile online at College Board.
Nancy Wong Yee Scholarship Apr. 1, 2012
Applicants must demonstrate high school scholastic achievement, character, school an/or community service and financial need.  Required major field of study in education or in Chinese or Asian studies including history, languages, music, art, dance and/or theater. 
Dec. 31,2012
Applicants must be an entering college freshman or sophomore, must be a U.S. citizen and enrolled in an accredited U.S. college, must be a member of the NAACP, must be a full time student, and must possess a gpa of at least 2.5.
National Co-op Scholarship Program
Feb. 15, 2012
Awarded to high school seniors and transfer students who plan to participate in college cooperative education at one of NCCE partner colleges and universities. Students must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale; complete all the required admissions applications material and be accepted for the 2011-2012 academic year at one of the National Commission Partner Institutions.
April 30, 2014
$1,000 x 2
Sorry, North Hawai'i residents only (Share with a Kohala cousin!).  Awarded to individuals who are enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a National League of Nursing accredited program in Hawai‘i or on the mainland.

OHA (Office of Hawaiian Affairs) Higher Education Scholarship

(online app only) 
Feb. 17, 2012 ?
Applicants must be a Hawaii resident or resident of the continental United States, demonstrate financial need, be enrolled full-time or part-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college, be a classified undergraduate or graduate student, demonstrate academic achievement at least or above a 2.0 GPA for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduates, registered with OHA's Hawaiian Registry Program. 
Feb. 3, 2014

This $10,000 scholarship has been created to recognize one outstanding high school senior who exemplifies the character and personality traits that made Duke Kahanamoku such a well respected athlete and individual. Must plan to attend an accredited 4-year college or university as a full time student, have participated and intend to continue participating competitively as an amateur in the sports of swimming, surfing, paddling, kayaking or water polo and have a record of accomplishments, be a resident of Hawaii. 
Feb. 18, 2014
It's hard to tell.  No clear mention of the award amounts either on their websites or documents
Must be a resident of Hawaii and an American citizen, demonstrate financial need, have participated in and intend to continue participating in competitive sports as an amateur and can produce a record of accomplishments, be applying for a specific upcoming event. 
Mar. 3, 2014
It's hard to tell.  No clear mention of the award amounts either on their websites or documents
Demonstrate financial need, be a high school student planning to attend an accredited college or university as a full-time student, have participated and intend to continue participating competitively in the sports of canoeing, surfing, kayaking, swimming, water polo, or volleyball and have a record of accomplishments, be a resident of Hawai'i, minimum GPA 3.0. 
2011 PDK Hawaii Prospective Educator Scholarship  Jan. 23, 2012
The PDK University of Hawaii Chapter 0067 annually awards scholarships to two young scholars whose professional goal is to become an educator in the State of Hawaii. Applicants need not have an intention to attend the University of Hawaii, but any institution of higher education. 
April 30, 2014
Sorry, North Hawai'i residents only (Share with a Kohala cousin!).  Must be a resident of Hawai‘i County who is enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a National League of Nursing (NLN) accredited program in Hawai‘i or on the mainland.
PHNSY & IMF FIRST Robotics Scholarship Program 2013
2013 Application
(Application has been recalled for revision.  It will be re-issued soon.)
Mar. 16, 2013 (Postmarked)
Tuition and related fees at UH Manoa
Applicant must be a graduating high school senior, must be in good academic standing and prove active participation in FIRST Robotics programs and competitions for at least two full academic years, must be entering a field of study in engineering at UH Manoa and maintain a minimum 2.5 gpa.  (See application for other requirements.) 
Apr. 1, 2012
$500 to $1,000 
Applicants must be of Hawaiian ancestry; must be a college-bound high school student or currently enrolled in college full-time; have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for high school students or 3.3 for undergraduate students and demonstrate academic and leadership potential.
Nov. 5, 2013
$1,000 or more
Any young person who:
  • is in grades 5-12 as of November 5,
  • is a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C.,
  • has engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least partly during the 12 months prior to the date of application, and
  • submits a completed application to a school principal or the head of an officially designated local organization
Reverend & Mrs. Maneki Scholarship
(Buddhist Association)
Apr. 15, 2012
Applicant must be a senior of high school, actively involved member in Dharma School, Jr. YBA or other Hongwanji related organizations of the Hilo Betsuin, of good moral character with average or better scholastic standing and a dependent of a dues paying member or a dues paying member him or herself.
Richard & Eleanor Imai Shin Buddhist Scholarship
Apr. 2. 2012
Applicant must currently be a senior in high school residing on the Island of Hawai'i, must be a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist whose parents or guardians are Gojikai and/or temple members or himself/herself a Gojikai member.
Richard Ishida Memorial Scholarship Fund
Feb. 28, 2011
Applicant must be a senior attending a public DOE, including Charter high school, on the Island of Hawaii; must plan to attend post secondary with a minimum two-year curriculum college or four-year college/university; must have a minimum 2.7 GPA. Preference given to applicants who are/were a YMCA member/participant. Preference given to applicants who plan to return to improve our island community. 
May 1, 2012 (Received by)
The R.I.S.E. Scholars Award is a monetary scholarship given to a graduating Big Island of Hawaii high school senior who has been accepted to a university, community college or trade school to continue their education. The R.I.S.E Scholars Award was created to reward an individual's sacrifice & excellence in improving the health and well-being of our Hawai'ian Island community. All Big Island of Hawaii high school seniors accepted to any institution of higher learning are welcome to apply, but priority will be given to those who will be continuing their education in the Hawai'ian islands.

Awards are based on a individuals merit and commitment to serving our island community.

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program

Note:  No awards were made in 2011.  Not sure if this scholarship is active for 2012.
Mar. 16, 2011
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or national or permanent resident and a legal resident of the State of Hawaii; be a graduate of a public or private secondary school, a homeschooled graduate or have passed the GED test during the 2010-2011 school year; cumulative gpa of 3.5, minimum combined SAT1 score of 1850 and/or a composite ACT score of 30; provide evidence of acceptance by an institution of higher education. 
(You have to register with this site and then complete forms/upload documents)
Jan. 27, 2012

To apply for an RMHC scholarship, a student must:

Be a high school senior
Be younger than 21 years old
Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college, university or technical school with a full course of study
Be a legal U.S. resident
Live in a participating RMHC Chapter’s geographic area
Submit a complete application and all required documentation by the deadline on the application
Meet any additional eligibility requirements outlined by each scholarship program
Provide verification of enrollment each year at respective accredited post-secondary institution
Roy Fujimoto Senior Scholarships (KTA)

April 26, 2013

(Received by)

Applicants must be students/athletes attending a high school in the BIIF and participating in BIIF sports, who are completing their senior year of high school and who are attending a college/university next fall.
(Application online only)
Jan. 17, 2012
Awards are available to member and their dependents who are attending or plan to attend a community college or vocational, trade or other post high school study on a full time basis.  Criteria: financial need, academic ability.
Ruth C. Scudder Scholarship

Feb. 28, 2013


$1,000 and up
Scholarship awarded to a woman of Christian affiliation who is currently enrolled as an undergraduate in the University of Hawaii System.
SCAD Distinguished Scholars Award
Feb. 15, 2012
$20,000 per year
In order to be considered for this award, students must be recommended by a teacher, professor, or school counselor. This scholarship is applicable toward tuition to attend SCAD in Atlanta, Hong Kong, Savannah or online via eLearning, and may be renewed annually, provided the recipient is enrolled and maintains a 3.0 gpa. A nominated student must meet the following: minimum gpa of 1220 SAT combined math and critical reading score, or ACT composite score of at least 27, GPA of 3.75, outstanding visual arts, performing arts, writing, or riding capabilities, honors and awards from competitions, or other recognition, leadership skills demonstrated through co-curricular or extra-curricular involvement. 
(Application online only) 

Nov. 15, 2011
Sullivan leaders are selected on the basis of demonstrated service, leadership, and academic achievement to receive full tuition, room, and meals for each of four years of undergraduate study at Seattle University. Nine Sullivan Leadership Awards are given each year. Students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply: participation and demonstrated leadership in school activities, public service, and community involvement; commitment to justice and the good of others through service; 3.5 GPA or higher; U.S. citizen or permanent resident from the various states (including Hawaii). 
Note:  This one is associated with the Association of Chinese University Women.  Does  not seem to be updated on their site.
Apr. 22, 2011
Awards shall be made on the basis of scholastic achievement, financial need, character, extra-curricular activities, and school and/or community service. Open to applicants in any major field of study. 

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Honolulu Post Scholarship

Apr. 30, 2012 (postmarked)
Applicants must be a Hawaii high school senior planning to pursue a full-time undergraduate technical degree at a university with an accredited engineering or architecture program, must be a US citizen, have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Military affiliation or experience (SAME member or dependent, military dependent, Junior ROTC or ROTC) not required, but given preference. 
June 12, 2014
(Received by)
Open to all male students born and raised in the islands and who will be graduating from high school in June and entering their first year of college. Aid determined by: 1. Financial need. 2. Competitive examination given by any recognized college examination board and high school scholastic record. 3. Contribution to community affairs. 
Star-Advertiser Citizenship Award Scholarship
Feb. 10, 2012
The Citizenship Award recognizes one graduating senior from each public high school across the state who best exemplifies the Hawai'i Department of Education's Vision of a Public School Graduate. Winner must attend the awards luncheon on April 12, 2012.
(online application only)
Note:  Their website does not seem to updated yet.
Apr. 22, 2011
One $4,000 scholarship
Two $1,000 Scholarships
Four $500 Scholarships
Scholarship open to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college, community/junior college or career school. Log on to for more information. 
Superpower Scholarship
Mar. 31, 2012

Open to U.S. students 13 years of age or older. Must respond (250 words max) to essay question: "If you were granted a superpower for just one day, what would it be and how would you use it?"
Apr. 16, 2012
Open to high school seniors who plan to study a marine science/engineering/technology field, are interested in remote control vehicles and have been accepted into a full-time undergraduate program. 
Tsuyako "Nappie" Ebesugawa Scholarship
Apr. 19, 3013
Award varies by number of awardees (up to $2,000)
Scholarship will be awarded to a female student who may be unable to attend college because of family, economic or social situations. Scholarship may be used at any two or four year accredited institution of higher learning. Preference will be given to those individuals who choose to attend the University of Hawaii at Hilo, the Hawaii Community College, or who intend to return to the Big Island upon completion of their education. 
United Filipino Council Scholarship 
Note:  Not sure if this one is still being  offered.
June 26, 2010 
University of Hawai'i Centennial Scholarships
Awarded upon admission to qualified students.
$1,000 per year ($500 per semester)
Must be Hawai'i resident, have a 3.8 GPA or 1800 score on the three part SAT Reasoning Test (or 27 composite score on the ACT) at time of application, be admitted and attending as a freshman in the fall semester after graduation and enroll as a full time student (12 credits or more each semester).  This scholarship is automatically awarded to qualified students who are admitted to UH.
(online app only) 
Mar. 1, 2013
Open to students who are admitted as a regular student attending any of the ten campuses of the University of Hawaii System.
 ??? (Apply Online at UH Hilo Alumni website)
Applicant must be an immediate family member of a UH Hilo graduate (i.e. father, mother, brother, sister, husband, children) and have a minimum 2.5 cumulative gpa.  Should also possess good communicaton skills as well as some degree of leadership abilities.
 Mar. 1, 2014 Four-Year tuition scholarship
Students must be accepted by UH Hilo, graduating from a Hawaii High School, GPA of 3.5 or better, or 1800 SAT, or a composite score of 27 on the ACT, demonstrated leadership and/or community service. 
University of Hawaii at Hilo Scholars with Disabilities Achievement Grant
(Please contact the Disability Services Office at 932-7623, 932-7002 (TTY) or email:
Awarded Each Semester
Students must enrolled as a classified student, or accepted as a classified student into a University of Hawaii at Hilo degree program. Student may be enrolled either full or half-time; GPA of at least 3.0;must be a "qualified student with a disability" as determined under the Americans with Disability Act standards.
Note:  UH Hilo Presidential Scholarship has a deadline of March 1, 2014.  Contact the UHH Financial Aid Office for more information or go to UHH Scholarship Opportunities.
Feb. 1, 2014
Full tuition scholarship for four-years, $2,000 per semester stipend, Eligible for one-time travel grant up to $2,000.
(only ten scholarships awarded)
Must be a resident of Hawaii; be a UH student at UH Hilo or UH Manoa or West Oahu Campuses; have  junior (in college) class standing as of Fall 2012; 3.7 cumulative GPA (all college course work); evidence of superior academic achievement or creative endeavor; record of academic, co-curricular and community service activities. 
Note:  UH Hilo Regents Scholarship has a deadline of March 1, 2014.  Contact the UHH Financial Aid Office for more information or go to UHH Scholarship Opportunities.
Feb. 1, 2014
Full tuition scholarship for four-years, $2,000 stipend each semester and a one-time travel grant of $2,000
(only twenty scholarships awarded)
Must be a resident of Hawaii; classified, full-time, first-year freshman in Fall 2012 at any UH campus; 3.5 minimum cumulative HS GPA for gr. 9-11; SAT min combined score of 1950 on all 3 sections or ACT min composite score of 29; evidence of superior academic achievement or creative endeavor. 

Volcano Community Foundation

Apr. 1, 2014 At least $500
Applicants must maintain their primary residence in Volcano, be a graduating high-school seniors who will be full-time students at an accredited 2 or 4 year college next fall.
April 4, 2014
(Postmarked by)
2 x $1,000 (Males)
2 x $1,000 (Females)
 Applicant must be a runner on the Cross Country or Track Team anytime during their high school years; a Hawai'i High School graduating senior attending a two or four year college; holding a GPA of at least 2.5.
Nov. 12, 2011-Feb. 24, 2012
Music majors and non-majors (Music Scholarship Auditions). 
Note:  As of 1/21/12 this website has not updated.  Can't tell if this will be offered this year.
Apr. 30, 2011
Applicants must be high school seniors with asthma who will graduate in 2011; have achieved a level of excellence in one of the following: performing arts, community service, athletics, visual arts or science; and will be attending college in fall 2011. 

WiseChoice $2,500 "Find the Right College" Scholarship 

 Online app only 
May 31, 2012
Applicants must be U.S. students graduating from high school in 2011-2014; must register for WiseChoice. Must respond (200 words max) to essay question: "What do you think is important when it comes to finding a college that fits?" 
May 1, 2013
 $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 (1st through 3rd place)
In 300 words or less, write an essay about the most important teacher, tutor, or coach in your life. 
Using your email and social media contacts, reach out to friends and family to get votes for your essay. Finalists will be determined by popular vote!
(online app only)

Dec. 15, 2011
$1,000 to $10,000
The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards program was established to raise awareness among the nation's youth of the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America. NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards are open to any graduating high school senior entering their freshman year at an accredited (not for profit) two- or four-year university, college or vocational/technical institute. Applicants MUST be running their own small business in order to be considered for an award.
(Online app only)

Over 300 + scholarships awarded annually for high school exchange program for American teenagers.
Online app only

Note:  Sorry, the DOE is now blocking this site.  Says it's a social networking site so I can't update the scholarship.  If you log on from home, follow the link for the info.
Mar. 7, 2011
For U.S. high school students. Must respond(2-3 sentences) to question: "How have you handled being placed outside your comfort zone to your advantage?"
Zonta Club of Hilo
Young Women in Public Affairs Award 2012
Feb. 1, 2012
Applicants must be pre-university or pre-college students between the ages of 16-19 at the time of application.
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