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NHERC Scholarships

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NHERC is committed to providing access to higher education for our students. We offer scholarship opportunities for both Running Start and undergraduate UH Hilo students who are enrolled in credit courses that are offered at NHERC.

Running Start Scholarships

  • Gear Up Scholarships - Spring scholarship deadline: Friday, April 3, 2015
    • Gear Up Scholarships are available for high school Juniors or Seniors who are enrolled in the Running Start program. Students must demonstrate financial need. The application for Gear Up scholarships is included in the Running Start Application.
  • NHERC Scholarships
    • Due November 1: Please e-mail or call NHERC at (808) 775-8890.

Undergraduate Scholarships

  • NHERC Scholarships
    • Due November 1: Please e-mail or call NHERC at (808) 775-8890.

Dr. Haruto Okada Memorial Scholarship

  • This fall marks the first semester that NHERC is awarding Dr. Haruto Okada Memorial Scholarships. The intent of these scholarships is to honor and memorialize Dr. Okada and his hometown of Honokaʻa. Many people remember Dr. Okada as having a private hospital in Honoka'a. When he closed it in 1956, he served many Honokaʻa residents while working as a doctor at the Honokaʻa Infirmary.

    The purpose of these scholarships is to provide scholarship assistance to students enrolled in UH Hilo classes offered at NHERC. Students may be full-time or part-time as well as undergraduate or graduate level. Students must demonstrate some degree of financial need. Preference is given to residents of Hamakua and North Hawai‘i.

  • The one spring recipients of the Dr. Haruto Okada Memorial Scholarship is Kanoelani Simmerman


Kanoe Simmerman

NHERC is pleased to present this semester’s Okada Scholarship recipient, Kanoelani “Kanoe” Simmerman. Kanoe was born in Hilo and has lived her entire life in Honokaʻa, attending Honokaʻa Elementary, middle and now High school. She has one brother at Honokaʻa High with her, a younger brother at Honokaʻa Elementary and a younger sister that will be starting kindergarten in the fall at Honokaʻa Elementary as well. Kanoeʻs mom also teaches at the high school and has been there for 20 years.At NHERC, Kanoe participates in the Running Start program to give her a head start on college.As a junior in high school, Kanoe took Psychology 100 and Astronomy 110 with the lab through UH Hilo at the NHERC campus. This year, as a senior in high school, Kanoe has taken Biology 100 and is currently enrolled in Sociology 100 as well as Astronomy 180. By the end of her senior year in high school, Kanoe will have 16 credits of college under her belt.


When she is not in school, Kanoe works at the W.M. Keck Observatory in the advancement department as a student assistant, a job she has held for the last four years. About her job Kanoe has expressed, “I am so thankful for this opportunity which helped me catch a glimpse of not only the astonishing scientific advances they make but also how the professional work works today”. She continues by saying this about her future, “this allowed me to keep moving forward to higher education and careers, I plan on pursuing my dream of moving to New York City in the fall while attending Pace University where I will major in Business Economics. I am truly excited to see where this journey will take me!” We are thrilled to have Kanoe as part of our university and congratulate her on her current and future endeavors.

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The majority of NHERC scholarship funds come directly from NHERC fundraising events, grants and generous local donors. If you are interested in supporting our local students achieve their dream of a college education, please consider making a contribution to NHERC through the UH Foundation.

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More Information

For more information about funding your education or making a donation, please e-mail us at or call NHERC directly at (808) 775-8890.