UH Hilo announces scholarship opportunities and deadlines

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Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hilo has announced that a wide variety of scholarships are available to prospective new and continuing students for the 2007-2008 academic year. University officials say now is an ideal time for students seeking scholarships to prepare their applications in order to make the submission deadlines.

“The scholarship deadlines typically run from February 1st to March 1st, depending on which scholarship students apply for,” said UH Hilo Financial Aid Director Jeff Scofield. “Some of the items they’ll need to complete their application may take time to obtain. So now is the time, if they haven’t done so already, to research scholarship opportunities and prepare the necessary paperwork.”

The goal of the Scholarship Program at UH Hilo is to recognize and reward students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and to encourage those who show academic potential and a willingness to participate in community activities. More than 45 different scholarship opportunities are available at the University through various sources, including private donors, foundations, professional associations, and State and local business firms.

Most notable are the Regents and Presidential Scholarships, which award full tuition, $4,000 annually, and a $2,000 academic travel grant to 30 outstanding Hawai`i students.

Hawai`i high school seniors enrolling at UH Hilo can also apply for the prestigious Chancellor’s Scholarship, which awards up to 18 four-year scholarships covering full tuition to students who rank in the top 10 percent of their class and attain a high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5.

Another option for students entering the University system in Fall 2007 is the new “Centennial Scholars” program. The program will award a $1,000 per year scholarship to Hawai`i residents who graduate from a Hawai`i high school with at least a 3.8 GPA or who have an 1800 on the SAT and are admitted as full-time freshman students.

“Education is truly the door of opportunity, and a scholarship can be the key that opens that door,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Rose Tseng. “With so many different scholarship opportunities, students owe it to themselves to find out which ones they qualify for and apply.”

While academic achievement is an important consideration, scholarships are also awarded on various other factors, including leadership, experience and potential, co-curricular or community service, and financial need. Some target a particular area of study, while others base their awarding criteria on the applicant’s personal, professional or educational background.

Such a scholarship is the UH Hilo Alumni and Friends Scholarship, which awards up to $1,500 annually to full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate students who are immediate family members of UH Hilo alumni.

For more information about scholarship opportunities, applications and deadlines or financial aid, please contact the UH Hilo Financial Aid Office at (808) 974-7323 or visit online at hilo.hawaii.edu.

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