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Inspired by You Scholarship

At UH Hilo, our students inspire us each and every day. Our Inspired by You scholarships give you the chance to share your story of how you are inspired by the ‘Āina, Discovery, Innovation, and Each Other, and the opportunity to earn scholarships ranging from $500 to $10,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Submit UH Hilo Admission Application and required documents by February 1st
  • Accepted into an undergraduate degree program at UH Hilo
  • Submit Inspired by You scholarship essay by March 1st.

Multiple finalists in each category of inspiration will receive a one-time $500 award, and one finalist from each category will be selected for a $2,500 award, renewable for four years (total value $10,000).

Tell us your story:

Write a 300-500 word essay that tells why you are inspired by the ‘Āina, Discovery, Innovation, and Each Other, and how that inspiration has motivated you to take action on your campus or in your community. How you tell your story of inspiration is up to you, but examples of actions could include: courses you have taken, community service projects, leadership roles, and other academic and extra-curricular activities.

Online Scholarship Application

Alternatively, email applications to: inspired[at] or mail PDF Application to the address below:

Admissions (Inspired by You Scholarship)
University of Hawaiʻi Hilo
200 W. Kāwili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091