Scholarships for International Students

Scholarships

Below is a list of scholarships for which international students at UH Hilo are eligible.

Students on F-1 Visas

UH Hilo International Student Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a limited number of undergraduate international students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and have some degree of financial need. The deadline to apply for 2014-2015 scholarships is March 14, 2014.

UH Hilo Dean's Scholarships: Each college at UH Hilo annually awards scholarships to students. Deadlines to apply are typically in March for the following academic year. Contact your college dean's office for more information.

UH System Scholarships: The UH System Scholarships are open to students who are admitted as a regular student attending any of the 10 campuses of the University of Hawai‘i System. The UH System Common Scholarship Application is a single application for over 40 different scholarships, including both UH System and UH Hilo scholarships. You only need to submit one application for these scholarships. (Please note that as an international student you do not need to submit a FAFSA--Free Application for Federal Student Aid--to apply for these scholarships.) The deadline to apply for 2014-2015 scholarships is March 1, 2014.

UH System scholarships that international students may be eligible for include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Ambassador Mary Olmsted Endowed Fellowship Fund (for citizens of Papua New Guinea)
  • Arthur & Beatrice Harris Endowment for Graduate Scholarships (for graduate students)
  • Dr. Richard Linn Stevens Scholarship Fund for Restoration
  • Henry E. Renteria Scholarship Fund (for English majors)
  • Ho-Pang Endowed Scholarship
  • John Vernon & Shizuko Nakagawa Harry Endowed Scholarship
  • Leon J. Rhodes Scholarship
  • Mildred Towle Scholarship for International Students
  • Military Intelligence Service Veterans of Hawai'i/Makiki Japanese Language School Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Stars of Oceania Scholarship

For a complete list of UH System scholarships, click here.

Ho'opae Fund International Student Scholarship

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

Friend Peace Scholarship

Websites with Scholarship Resources

Funding for U.S. Study

International Education Financial Aid

International Scholarships

InternationalStudent.com

Mobility International USA

Abroad Planet Scholarship Resources

College Board

FastWeb

Click here for a copy of the scholarships listed above if you would like to print a copy.

Loans

International students who meet certain criteria are eligible for some loans. Typically, these loans required a co-signer (someone who guarantees that you will pay the loan back and is responsible for paying the loan if you are unable to do so). Visit the International Student Loan Center which provides international students with access to a range of loans. You may also contact the UH Hilo International Student Services office for more information.

Financial Aid for Undergraduate International Students

Financial aid is perhaps the biggest barrier students face when studying outside their home countries. This guide is designed to help international students understand some of the basics of funding their education, including understanding financial factors to consider and sources of funding (such as institutional aid, scholarships and grants, private loans, and personal resources).

Students from the Compact of Free Association Nations

Students from the Compact of Free Association nations (the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and the Marshall Islands) are eligible for U.S. federal financial aid as well as scholarships from their home governments.

U.S. Federal Financial Aid

To apply for U.S. federal financial aid, students should fill out and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Students must apply each year, starting in January for the following academic year. Students from the FSM and Marshall Islands are eligible for Pell Grants. Students from Palau are eligible for Pell Grants, SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant), and Federal Work-Study.

If you plan to take classes during Summer 2014, fill out the Summer 2014 Financial Aid Application and submit it to the UH Hilo Financial Aid Office. This will enable you to receive the UH Hilo Pacific Islander Scholarship to reduce the amount of tuition you will be charged for summer courses.

Government Scholarships

FSM National Government Scholarship (click here for information on the scholarship policy, guidelines, and frequently asked questions)

Deadline: No deadline, but it is recommended that you submit your application by June 30; no scholarships for summer
Send transcript to: FSM Department of Education, P.O. Box PS 87, Palikir, Pohnpei FM 96941

Chuuk State Scholarship

Deadline: June 30; no scholarships for summer
Send transcript to: Joyce Otoko, Student Services Coordinator, P.O. Box 904, Weno, Chuuk FM 96942

Kosrae State Scholarship

Deadline: June 30 for fall; November 30 for spring; April 30 for summer (usually available for graduating seniors only)
Send transcript to: Tulensa Sigra, Department of Education, P.O. Box 660, Tofol, Kosrae FM 96944

Kosrae Baccalaureate Degree Initiative Scholarship

Deadline: June 30
Send transcript to: CFSM Kosrae Delegation Office, Administrative Officer, P.O. Box 257, Kosrae, FM 96944

Pohnpei State Scholarship

Deadline: June 30; no scholarships for summer
Send transcript to: Scholarship Coordinator, Department of Education, P.O. Box 250, Kolonia, Pohnpei FM 96941

Yap State Scholarship - New student application (for students who have never applied for the scholarship)

Deadline: June 27, 2014 for Fall 2014; December 12, 2014 for Spring 2015; no scholarships for summer
Send transcript to: Brian Southwick, Scholarship Coordinator, P.O. Box 135, Colonia, Yap FM 96943

Yap State Scholarship - Renewal application (for students who are currently receiving the scholarship, have previously received it, or have completed the initial application in the past)

Deadline: June 27, 2014 for Fall 2014; December 12, 2014 for Spring 2015; no scholarships for summer
Send transcript to: Brian Southwick, Scholarship Coordinator, P.O. Box 135, Colonia, Yap FM 96943

Marshall Islands Scholarship, Grant & Loan Program

Deadline: June 30 for fall; November 1 for spring; April 1 for summer
Send transcript to: Juliet Anitok, MISGLB Director, P.O. Box 1436, Majuro, MH 96960

In addition to an official copy of your transcript, the MISGLB requires you to send a copy of your financial aid award letter, class schedule for the upcoming semester, and summary of charges (tuition, fees, housing, meal plan, etc.). You can access this information in your MyUH account and then print it out or save it electronically.

Palau Grant (formerly known as Palau National Scholarship) (click here to access the Palau National Scholarship Board program regulations, application checklist, and criteria for selecting recipients)

Deadline: July 31; no scholarships for summer
Send transcript to: Scholarship Coordinator, P.O. Box 1608, Koror, Palau 96940

Palau Student Loan

Deadline: July 31; no loans for summer
Send transcript to: Scholarship Coordinator, P.O. Box 1608, Koror, Palau 96940

Palau College Access Challenge Grant Program - Supplemental Scholarship

Deadline: July 31; no scholarships for summer
Send transcript to: CACG, Ministry of Education, P.O. Box 189, Koror, Palau 96940

Palau College Access Challenge Grant Program - Incentive Grant

Deadline: July 31; no scholarships for summer
Send transcript to: CACG, Ministry of Education, P.O. Box 189, Koror, Palau 96940

Palau IP & E Scholarship

Deadline: July 31; no scholarships for summer
Send transcript to: Scholarship Coordinator, P.O. Box 1608, Koror, Palau 96940

Follow these steps to apply for one of the government scholarships listed above:

1. Fill out the application.
2. Bring your completed application to the ISS office (or email it or fax it to 808-932-7471).
3. When you drop off or send your application to the ISS office, let us know whether you plan to live on-campus or off-campus next year and if you and your family will be contributing any funds to pay for your expenses.
4. We will fill out the information on financial expenses.
5. We will sign and seal the application, then scan and email it to the scholarship office (with a copy to you), and then mail the original application to the scholarship office.
6. If you have attended UH Hilo before, fill out a Transcript Request Form so that an official copy of your UH Hilo transcript is sent to the scholarship application. You can also get a Transcript Request Form at the Registrar's Office (1st floor of the Student Services Building) or at the ISS Office). Cost is $5 per transcript.

You only need to apply once a year for the government scholarships listed above, but you must send an official copy of your UH Hilo transcript at the end of each semester.

Other Scholarships

UH Hilo Pacific Islander Scholarship: No application is necessary. Eligible students will be considered for and awarded the scholarship by submitting a FAFSA.

APIASF AANAPISI Scholarship: UH Hilo students are eligible to apply for this scholarship worth approximately $2,500. Deadline to apply for the Spring 2015 semester is October 15, 2014. For more information and to apply, click here.

UH Hilo Dean's Scholarships: Each college at UH Hilo annually awards scholarships to students. Deadlines to apply are typically in March for the following academic year. Contact your college dean's office for more information.

UH System Scholarships: The UH System Scholarships are open to students who are admitted as a regular student attending any of the 10 campuses of the University of Hawai‘i System. The UH System Common Scholarship Application is a single application for over 40 different scholarships, including both UH System and UH Hilo scholarships. You only need to submit one application for these scholarships. The deadline to apply for 2014-2015 scholarships is March 1, 2014.

UH System/UH Hilo scholarships that students from the Compact of Free Association nations may be eligible for include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Alec & Kay Keith Scholarship
  • Arthur & Beatrice Harris Endowment for Graduate Scholarships (for graduate students)
  • Dr. Richard Linn Stevens Scholarship Fund for Restoration
  • Faliuwseuw Schoalrship (for students from Fais island, Yap State, FSM)
  • Henry E. Renteria Scholarship Fund (for English majors)
  • Ho-Pang Endowed Scholarship
  • John Vernon & Shizuko Nakagawa Harry Endowed Scholarship
  • Leon J. Rhodes Scholarship
  • Mildred Towle Scholarship for International Students
  • Stars of Oceania Scholarship
  • Virginia Pearson Ransburg Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship

For a complete list of UH System scholarships, click here.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship (APIASF)

Pacific Islands Development Bank Scholarship

Rotary Club of Pohnpei - FSM Scholarship

Heyum Endowment Fund Scholarship

CariPac Scholarship: For FSM students pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in agriculture and natural resource management, food and nutrition, and related science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship

Friend Peace Scholarship

FSM Development Bank Scholarship - no scholarships available at this time