Scholarships for Native Hawaiians

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Scholarships can come from a range of sources – federal, state, colleges and universities, professional organizations, and private endowments. To receive that FREE money, you’ll need to follow a few steps:

FIRST – fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Once your FAFSA has been processed, you’ll receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) which shows your financial aid package and gives you a good idea of the federal funding options you may qualify for.

SECOND – register with the Kamehameha Schools’ Ho`oulu Hawaiian Data Center (HHDC) to verify your Hawaiian ancestry. KS established the Ho`oulu Hawaiian Data Center to build a comprehensive database of the Hawaiian population and aid in verifying Hawaiian ancestry.

LAST – start searching through the scholarships listed below! Typically, you must meet certain criteria: you must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry (verified by birth certificate and/or HHDC), and you must be a full-time student enrolled in an accredited institution. Remember to research the programs’ specific requirements to ensure that you qualify.

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The Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation

The Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to “develop new and diverse sources of income to support the ever-increasing educational needs and goals of people of Hawaiian ancestry.”The Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation establishes donor-funded endowed scholarships for Hawaiians. Its current scholarships were created by private donors and are awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or donor specified criteria. Applications are open to the general public, including students who are not of Hawaiian ancestry. However, it is the policy of Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.

To apply for Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation scholarships, you must meet the following general eligibility requirements:

1. Be enrolled in an accredited two or four-year post-high degree program.
2. Be a classified student in a degree-seeking program at an accredited institution (see individual scholarship description for details)
3. Regardless of financial need, you must submit a FAFSA Student Aid Report.
4. Meet any special requirements specific to the scholarships listed online.

For more information on the Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation and its scholarships, please visit: http://www.pauahi.org/scholarships/

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Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP)

The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP) is a Federally funded, all inclusive, service-oriented scholarship program for scholars of Native Hawaiian descent who are seeking education in the health care field. Their scholarships are available to students in pursuits of a degree in one of the following fields and specialties:Clinical Psychologist, Dentist, Dental Hygienist, Physician, Family Practitioner, General Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, General Pediatrics, Physician, Osteopathic, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Opthamologist, Nursing, Registered Nurse, Nurse Midwife, Public Health Nurse, Masters in Public Health, Pharmacy, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapy, General Psychology and more.

Their scholarships provide: full tuition, a monthly stipend, and other related school costs (books, lab materials, etc) as defined by your school’s financial aid office. As a Federal service scholarship, students who receive funding are obligated to perform one (1) year for each year awarded paid service/employment in a medically underserved area within the State of Hawai`i immediately after graduation/licensure.

To qualify for our scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

1. You must be of Native Hawaiian ancestry (verified by birth certificate).
2. You must be a full-time student enrolled in an accredited institution.
3. You must be pursuing one of the eligible professions listed above.
4. You must be willing to relocate anywhere within the state of Hawai`i to fulfill your service obligation.

For more information on the The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP), please visit: http://www.nhhsp.org/about/

The Liko A’e Native Hawaiian Scholarship Program

The Liko A’e Native Hawaiian Scholarship Program is administered by UH Maui College and Maui Community College (MCC). Program funding is by the U.S. Department of Education via the Native Hawaiian Education Act. Similar to the Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation scholarships, their scholarships can be used for funding at colleges and universities located outside of Hawai’i.All applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Be Hawaiian, defined as a descendent of the aboriginal inhabitants of the Hawaiian Islands prior to 1778, as evidenced by original, certified birth records
2. Be a United States citizen
3. Have a high school diploma (or equivalent)
4. Be enrolled in or accepted to attend, either full-time or half time, an accredited two- or four-year degree-granting institution of higher education in Hawaii or the continental US.
5. Demonstrate financial need through submission of the 2010-2011 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
6. Using the 4.0 GPA scale, you attain a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 for undergraduates or 3.0 for graduate students as evidenced by most recent official transcript

For more information on the Liko A’e Native Hawaiian scholarship program, please visit https://likoae.org/.

Native Hawaiian Leadership Project (NHLP)

The Native Hawaiian Leadership Project (NHLP) is also funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Native Hawaiian Higher Education Act, and assists Native Hawaiians to attain undergraduate, graduate and doctorate degrees.
For more information on the Native Hawaiian Leadership Project (NHLP), please visit: http://www.cba.hawaii.edu/nhlp/scholarships.html

The Hawai’i Community Foundation (HCF)

The Hawai’i Community Foundation (HCF) has scholarships available to Native Hawaiians, including one from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Hawai’i Community Foundation scholarships are listed at: http://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/scholarships

The Hawai’i Daughters Guild of California

The Hawai`i Daughters Guild of California has two application requirements: Applicant must be a female of Polynesian ancestry, and a California resident. Scholarship recipient must meet one of the following requirements:

– Enroll as a full-time student, as defined by the academic institution, at an accredited college/university in the academic year following high school graduation

– Enroll as a full-time student in the academic year immediately following scholarship award
Continuing full-time undergraduate student

– Enrolled as a full-time graduate student in the academic year immediately following bachelor’s degree program

Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Consideration is given to scholastic achievements, extra-curricular activities, community service, financial need, background, and career goals. These topics should be covered in a required autobiographical essay.

In addition to the requirements listed above (and a few unlisted) a personal interview is also a part of the consideration process. For more information, please visit: http://www.hiccsc.org/scholarships.htm

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Based in Washington, D.C., the APIASF is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted solely to providing scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. APIASF manages two scholarship programs: the APIASF scholarship and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans scholarship, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

APIASF SCHOLARSHIP AWARD consists of $2500-$5000. Requirements include:

– 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 U.S., or a citizen of the Freely Associated States

– Be enrolling in a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student

– Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED

GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARSHIP AWARD (award covers unmet need & self-help.) Requirements include:

– 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 U.S., or a citizen of the Freely Associated States

– Be enrolling in a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student

– Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED

– Meet the federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria

– Demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities

For more information, please visit http://www.apiasf.org/scholarships.html

`Aianahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club

Address: 8855 Atlanta Avenue, Suite 147, Huntington Beach, CA 92646-7119
Telephone: (714) 536-0206
Please contact `Aianahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club for more information and details relevant to their scholarship program.

`Ahahui O Lili`uokalani Hawaiian Civic Club

Address: 735 Bennett Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90804
Telephone: (562) 987-0506
Please contact `Ahahui O Lili`uokalani Hawaiian Civic Club for more information and details relevant to their scholarship program.

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