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

Undergraduate Scholarships

  • NHERC Scholarships
    • Due November 1st: 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.

Allyzsa Mae S. Acidera

The one fall recipient of the Dr. Haruto Okada Memorial Scholarship is Allyzsa Mae Acidera.

NHERC is pleased to present this semester’s Okada Scholarship recipient, Allyzsa Mae Acidera. Allyzsa was born at North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital on January 24, 2000 to Apolonio and Norivie Acidera. She has one younger brother Hanz Nickolaus Acidera, to whom she refers to as "wonderful". "I love spending time with family and friends, going on adventures, being part of my high schools robotics team and jazz band". Allyzsa is a junior at Honokaʻa High school and plans on going to University of California upon graduation to pursue her dream career as a pediatric nurse. When she is not as Honokaʻa High School, she attends NHERC taking Allyzsa has this to say about receiving this scholarship, "It's a challenge being a high school student taking college classes, but a great opportunity to take. Thank you very much for the scholarship and continuous support given to me as I keep giving my best efforts to achieve my goals and dreams.

Donate to the NHERC Scholarship Fund

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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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Instructions: Please do not select any options from the drop down menus. Under the "other program/account" area please write in "NHERC Scholarship."

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.