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Minority Access & Achievement Program

  • Peer Assistants
  • PALS Students on a field trip
  • PALS Students launching a boat
  • HILO Huaka╩╗i


The Minority Access and Achievement Program (MAAP) Office was established as the result of an initiative by the state legislature to “improve the access and success of students from underrepresented ethnic groups at the university and in the professions in Hawai╩╗i.” The ethnic groups most underrepresented in higher education in this state are Hawaiian, Filipino, Samoan and other Pacific Islanders, and Indo-Chinese.

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Services Available:

  • Academic and personal support through counseling, academic advising, career exploration, and financial aid advising.
  • Peer Assistant Linkages and Support (PALS)
  • Bridge to Hope
  • Scholarship and Internship Opportunities
  • Recruitment Activities: Address issues of access by partnering with other campus and community agencies on recruitment and cultural activities. Events include Filipino American Heritage Month, Black History Month, and "The Taste of College" which brings 8th graders on campus to experience a day at UH Hilo.

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Upcoming Activities and Events

Scholarship Opportunity:

Big Island Press Company

The Big Island Press Club announces the availability of scholarships for students pursuing higher education in journalism and related careers. Application deadline is March 31. To qualify applicants must: have Big Island residential ties, demonstrate an interest in journalism or related career, be enrolled as a full-time student and show a record of academic achievement. Awards are determined by the BIPC Scholarship Committee to qualified applicants.

Postmark Deadline
March 31, 2017

Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club

April 1st


  • Preference to students of Hawaiian or part-Hawaiian ancestry
  • Enrollment full-time in an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher education
  • High school seniors or college students may apply
  • Community service or volunteer work highly desirable
Hawaiian language, studies and culture; journalism; and education are encouraged
$500.00 to $1000.00 per Scholarship

Hilo Orchid Society; Yasuji Takasaki Memorial Scholarship

This goal is evident in HOS support of students in Agriculture and Natural Science major programs at University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo who hold academic goals that will promote and foster future development of the Hawai╩╗i orchid industry. This scholarship was established to honor Yasuji Takasaki, a pioneer in orchid culture on Hawai╩╗i Island, who strongly believed in the power of a college education and made many valuable contributions to the Hilo Orchid Society.

Scholarships will be awarded to one or more University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo sophomore, junior, or senior students pursuing a bachelor's degree in the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management or in a Natural Science major. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated an interest in orchid culture or a related field. Recipients will be awarded a scholarship (grant) of $1500 for each semester of the academic year, provided they maintain their eligibility. Recipients will also receive a free membership in Hilo Orchid Society for one year.

Postmark Deadline
April 15, 2017

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MAAP Symbol

The bamboo, or ╩╗ohe, as it is known in Hawai╩╗i, is a significant plant in many Pacific and Asian cultures. The ╩╗ohe symbolizes strength, flexibility, and growth; all important characteristics which nurtures the development of a student.

Mintority Access and Achivement Program and Peer Assistant Linkages and Support

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