Scholarships for Native Hawaiians

Author’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2011 and was recently updated in March 2016 for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

 
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 fafsa.ed.gov. Once your FAFSA has been processed, you’ll receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) which shows your financial aid package. This will give 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.

LASTsearch through the scholarships listed below! Typically, you must meet certain criteria (be of Native Hawaiian ancestry verified by birth certificate and/or HHDC, be a full-time student enrolled in an accredited institution, etc.), but be sure to research each program’s specific requirements to ensure that you qualify.
 


 

The Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation

2016-2017 scholarship applications are CLOSED

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 Pauahi Foundation administers scholarships that have been created by private donors and awards these scholarships supporting college level areas of study, as well as trade and vocational courses. Many awards may be determined based on merit, while some include specific criteria such as geographic location, field of study, financial need or grade point averages.

Scholarships are available to the general public and may not cover the full cost of education. Before proceeding, please read Available Pauahi Foundation Scholarship materials.

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

  1. Be a classified, degree-seeking student
  2. Be attending an institution in Hawai`i or the continental U.S.
  3. Be attending school as a full-time student unless specifically noted in the Scholarship Listing
  4. Be attending a two- or four-year accredited* institution

For more information on the Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation and its scholarships, please visit: pauahi.org/2016-2017-public-scholarships

 


 

Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP)

2016-2017 scholarship applications are CLOSED
2017-18 scholarship applications will open December 1, 2016

The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP) is a federally funded, scholar-centered, support service-oriented scholarship program for Native Hawaiian college students interested in serving their Native Hawaiian community as primary health care professionals.

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. Be of Native Hawaiian ancestry (verified by birth certificate)
  2. Be a full-time student enrolled in an accredited institution
  3. Be pursuing one of the eligible professions listed above
  4. 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 Hawai’i Community Foundation (HCF)

2016-2017 scholarship applications are CLOSED

The Hawai’i Community Foundation (HCF) has scholarships available to Native Hawaiians, including one from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria defined by the donor when the fund is established. General criteria that apply to most scholarships include:

  1. Be a resident of the State of Hawaii
  2. Demonstrate financial need
  3. Attend an accredited two or four year college or university within the United States as either an undergraduate or graduate student
  4. Be a full-time student as determined by your institution (generally,12 credits undergraduate; 9 credits graduate)
  5. Maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA (unless otherwise stated)

Hawai’i Community Foundation scholarships are listed at: hcf.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com/ScholarX_ScholarshipSearch.aspx

 


 

The Hawai’i Daughters Guild of California

2016-2017 scholarship applications are CLOSED

The Hawai`i Daughters Guild of California has two application requirements:

  1. Female of Polynesian ancestry
  2. California resident
  3. Minimum 3.0 GPA

In addition, scholarship recipient must meet one of the following eligibility 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: hawaiidaughtersguild.webs.com/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:

  1. Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
  2. Be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S., or a citizen of the Freely Associated States
  3. Be enrolling in a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student
  4. 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:

  1. Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
  2. Be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S., or a citizen of the Freely Associated States
  3. Be enrolling in a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student
  4. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED
  5. Meet the federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria
  6. 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 visit aokhcc.org/32nd-annual-scholarship-aha-aina 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.