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NHERC Scholarships

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 January 1st: Please email or call NHERC at (808) 775-8890.

Undergraduate Scholarships

  • NHERC Scholarships
    • Due January 1st: Please email or call NHERC at (808) 775-8890.

Dr. Haruto Okada Memorial Scholarship

The intent of these scholarships is to honor and memorialize Dr. Okada and his hometown of Honoka╩╗a. Many people remember Dr. Okada as having a private hospital in Honoka╩╗a. When he closed it in 1956, he served many Honoka╩╗a residents while working as a doctor at the Honoka╩╗a 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 H─üm─ükua and North Hawai╩╗i.

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

Allyzsa Mae S. Acidera

NHERC was pleased to present Acidera with the Okada Scholarship. Acidera was born at the North Hawai╩╗i Community Hospital to Apolonio and Norivie Acidera. She described her younger brother, Hanz Nickolaus Acidera, as “wonderful,” and said she, “loves spending time with family and friends, going on adventures, being part of my high schools robotics team, and jazz band.”  Currently, Acidera is a junior at Honoka╩╗a High School and plans on going into the University of California system upon graduation to pursue her dream career of becoming a pediatric nurse. To get a jump start on her career goals, Acidera takes college courses at NHERC. She described juggling high school and college courses as “challenging,” but “a great opportunity” she knows will help her later in life. After receiving the Okada Scholarship, Acidera expressed her gratitude saying,

ÔÇťThank 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.ÔÇŁ

Donate to the NHERC Scholarship Fund

HLP Donation Presentation

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 email us at or call NHERC directly at (808) 775-8890.