International Student Services

Scholarships for International Students

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 international students on F-1 student visas who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and have some degree of financial need. Fill out the online application.

The application deadline for the 2020-2021 school year was March 15, 2020.

New students interested in this scholarship must first apply for admission to UH Hilo. If admitted, all new international students will be automatically considered for this scholarship and will be notified by email if they are offered a scholarship (no application is necessary).

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 Scholarships: Both UH Hilo and the UH System offer scholarships. Scholarships are open to students who are admitted to the University. The UH System Common Scholarship Application is a single application form that you can use to apply for all scholarships, including both UH Hilo and UH scholarships. You only need to submit one application for these scholarships. (Please note that as an international student on a visa you do not need to submit a FAFSA--Free Application for Federal Student Aid--to apply for these scholarships.)

The deadline to apply for scholarships for 2019-2020 was March 1. Applications for 2020-2021 will be posted here in January 2020.

UH 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
  • Faʻa Samoa Scholarship Fund
  • Henry E. Renteria Scholarship Fund (for English majors)
  • Ho-Pang Endowed Scholarship
  • John Vernon & Shizuko Nakagawa Harry Endowed Scholarship
  • Leon J. Rhodes Scholarship
  • Michael J. Levin Endowed Scholarship
  • Mildred Towle Scholarship for International Students
  • Military Intelligence Service Veterans of Hawaiʻi/Makiki Japanese Language School Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Stars of Oceania Scholarship
  • Victor and Peggy Brandstrom Pavel Scholars
  • Virginia Pearson Ransburg Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship

View a complete list of UH scholarships.

Other scholarships for which you may be eligible

Websites with Scholarship Resources

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 or InternationalStudentLoan.com which provide international students with access to a range of loans. The SallieMae Smart Option Student Loan accepts loan applications from non-US citizens (although most lenders require you to have a credit-worthy co-signer who is a US citizen or permanent resident).

Although most lenders require an eligible co-signer to join the application, there are some loans that do not require you to have a co-signer. Instead of determining your eligibility based on your co-signer, no co-signer loans look at factors like how soon you will graduate, your career potential, and if you attend a school on the approved list. Each lender has their own eligibility criteria. Because of this it’s important to compare each lender, including their eligibility requirements. If you would like to find an international student loan that does not require a co-signer, view information about no-cosigner loans.

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 the summer session, fill out the Summer 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

Deadline: July 31 for fall, December 31 for spring and May 31 for summer.
Send transcript to: FSM Department of Education, P.O. Box PS 87, Palikir, Pohnpei FM 96941
Contact: Joyleen Sienes at Joyleen.Sienes@fsmed.fm (email), 691-320-2609 or 691-320-2647 (phone)

Requirements to continue to be eligible for the scholarship: 2.0 cumulative GPA and register for at least 12 credits each semester. (Note: Credits are counted if a student receives an "F" but not if a student receives a "W".) Letters of recommendation are no longer required for the FSM scholarship.

Deadline: June 30 for fall and spring of the following academic year; no scholarships for summer
Send transcript to: Joyce Otoko, Student Services Coordinator, P.O. Box 904, Weno, Chuuk FM 96942
Contact: Joyce Otoko at chuukscholarship@gmail.com (email), 691-330-2190 or 691-330-5290 (phone)

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
Contact: Marieta Kephas at mpkephas@gmail.com (email), 691-370-3008 or 691-370-3189 (phone)

Requirements to continue to be eligible for the scholarship: 2.5 cumulative GPA and register for at least 12 credits each semester.

Deadline: June 30
Send transcript to: CFSM Kosrae Delegation Office, Administrative Officer, P.O. Box 257, Kosrae, FM 96944
Contact: Maver Jonathan at maverj@comfsm.fm (email), 691-370-3191 or 691-370-3192 (phone)

Deadline: June 30; December 31 for spring; no scholarships for summer
Send transcript to: Scholarship Coordinator, Department of Education, P.O. Box 250, Kolonia, Pohnpei FM 96941
Contact: Jaclyn Pretrick at jpretrick@pohnpeidoe.fm (email), 691-320-2102 or 691-320-2103 (phone)

Requirements to continue to be eligible for the scholarship: 2.5 cumulative GPA and earn 12 credits each semester

Deadline: June for fall; December for spring; no scholarships for summer
Send transcript to: Tony Torwan, Scholarship Coordinator, P.O. Box 135, Colonia, Yap FM 96943
Contact: Tony Torwan at yapscholarship@gmail.com (email), (691-350-2571 (phone)

Requirements to continue to be eligible for the scholarship: 2.5 semester GPA

  • Marshall Islands Scholarship, Grant & Loan Program

Marshall Islands Scholarship Application

Marshall Islands Scholarship, Grant & Loan Program Regulations

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
Contact: Julie Anitok or Diane Peter at rmisglb@gmail.com (email), 692-625-3108 (phone)

In addition to an official copy of your transcript, you must submit 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.

Deadline: July 31; no scholarships for summer
Send transcript to: Scholarship Coordinator, P.O. Box 1608, Koror, Palau 96940
Contact: pnsb@palaunet.com (email), 680-488-3602 (phone)

View the Palau scholarship, grant & loan criteria (PDF) for selecting recipients.

Requirements to continue to be eligible for the scholarship, loan or grant: Earn 24 credits each academic year

The PNSB Fellowship Award Program offers funds to Palauan students to support internships for the summer.

For other non-Palau National Scholarship Board sponsored programs, visit the Palau National Scholarship board website.

Follow these steps to apply for one of the COFA 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.

If you need proof of attendance for a scholarship application, fill out and submit the Certification Request form to the Registrar's Office .

If you need to submit a document showing the amount of your charges (tuition, fees, etc.), log in to your MyUH account, click on "View charges," and then click on "View my account." You can take a screenshot of that page or print it out and scan it.

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 for Pacific Islanders

  • 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-$5,000. Deadline to apply is November. More information and an online application can be found on the APIASF website.
  • APIASF General Scholarship: UH Hilo students are eligible to apply for this scholarship worth approximately $2,500-$20,000. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 required. Deadline to apply is January 11, 2018. More information and application instructions can be found on the APIASF website.
  • Dr. Joakim Peter Memorial Scholarship: Scholarships for FSM, Palauan and Marshallese students (or sons/daughters of parents from the FSM, Palau and the Marshall Islands). Deadline: June 1.
  • South Pacific Islander Organization Scholarships: Scholarships for students of Micronesian, Polynesian and Melanesian descent. Deadline is January.
  • 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 Scholarships: Both UH Hilo and the UH System offer scholarships. Scholarships are open to students who are admitted to the University. The UH System Common Scholarship Application is a single application form that you can use to apply for all scholarships, including both UH Hilo and UH scholarships. You only need to submit one application for these scholarships. The deadline to apply for scholarships is March 1.

    UH 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
    • Faʻa Samoa Scholarship Fund
    • Faliuwseuw Scholarship (for students from 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
    • Michael J. Levin Endowed Scholarship
    • Mildred Towle Scholarship for International Students
    • Stars of Oceania Scholarship
    • Victor & Peggy Brandstrom Pavel Scholars
    • Virginia Pearson Ransburg Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship

View a complete list of UH scholarships.