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Hahperd Scholarship

Deadline: February 15

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have enrolled in any recognized high school program in Hawaii for a minimum of two years and
  • Must be accepted as an undergraduate in an accredited college or university with health, physical, education, recreation and/or dance program(s) and carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours; or
  • Must be accepted to a graduate program in an accredited college or university with health, physical education, recreation and/or dance program(s) and carrying a minimum of 6 credit hours; and
  • Must have a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale cumulative high school grade-point average (for high school applicant) or college grade-point average and a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the specialized field, and
  • Must declare a strong interest in preparing for a career in teaching health, physical education, dance or recreation leadership. (This scholarship does not include health professions such as medicine, occupational or physical therapy, athletic training, etc.) and
  • Must provide evidence of teaching potential in the areas of with health, physical education, recreation and/or dance

Hahperd Application Form (PDF)

Hawaiʻi Community Foundation Scholarship

Application opens - November 15, 2016

Application Deadline - January 31, 2017 at 4PM

Eligibility: Varies among the 200+ scholarships listed.

Here is a checklist of steps for completing your online application (A-D).

A. Login to our Scholarship Manager

Returning Users:
If you already have an existing account, log in with your username and password entered when you first created your account.
DO NOT create a new account if you forgot your username and/or password, or are locked out. Instead, please refer to the instructions in the related FAQ’s below.

First Time Users: Register for an account . Keep in mind that the email you use to create your account will be the email where all notices will be sent, including award notifications.

B. Complete the required Personal Statements: Part 1 and Part 2, within the Common Application.

Part 1:

Personal Statement asks you to answer the following questions in 900 words or less:

  • What are your reasons for attending college?
  • Why did you choose your course of study?
  • What are your career goals?

Part 2:

Personal Statement asks “How do you plan to give back to Hawaii?” and should be answered in 600 words or less.

C. Gather the following required materials to upload to your application:

  • 2017-2018 Student Aid Report (SAR): Get your Student Aid Report (SAR) by applying for your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). According to the FAFSA website, “typically, you will be able to access your SAR within two weeks of filing your FAFSA.”
  • Most Recent Grade Transcript as printed and issued by your school’s registrar’s office. For continuing college students, your current year’s fall semester grades and information must be included. Check with your school’s registrar’s office for processing time to ensure you are able to upload your transcript to your HCF application before the deadline.
  • Short essays and/or other documents may be required for specific scholarships. Refer to our FAQ’s below to find out more about these optional essays and documents. While these uploads are marked as optional within the application, we encourage you to complete all that may be applicable to you.

D. Submit your application by the deadline date and time.

For your records, you will receive an email notification from the webmaster when you successfully submit your application. We highly recommend you submit your application early as website traffic increases around that deadline time, causing users to experience connectivity problems and submission errors.For more information on the above, continue to read through all of our FAQ’s.

Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 1st application and essays are available online.

Award Criteria

  • Must be a resident of Hawaiʻi.
  • Must be a full-time student in an accredited two or four-year college as classified undergraduate student or a vocational program full-time student in or out of state of Hawai.
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 for graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students. If GPA is less than 2.5 provide letter of explanation for consideration.
  • HCCH by laws/policy gives preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry.

Application Process

Applicant must submit the following items:

  1. Prepare a digital copy of your certified birth certificate showing Hawaiian descent, if any (Must be saved as a PDF and named: BC_First initial.LastName.Pdf.)
  2. Prepare a digital copy of an official copy of your most recent transcript.
  3. Download and complete the HCCH scholarship essay form. If you are submitting an essay in Olelo Hawaiʻi please download and complete the Olelo Hawaiʻi essay form. File must be saved as a PDF and named in the following format: Essay_Firstinitial.LastName.pdf.
  4. Extra Credit (5 points) is included in the on-line form. Be prepared to identify any HCCH activity you or your family member participated in. In addition you will be asked to provide brief explanation of what you did in the online form.
  5. Once you have all the items prepared and files named accordingly, proceed to the online application.

Website: http://www.hcchonolulu.org

Hawaiʻi Community Foundation Scholarships

over 150 different scholarship funds

Priority Deadline: Please refer to their website for specific scholarship/grants deadlines.

February 20, 2014 (Final Deadline)


  • Be a resident of Hawaiʻi
  • Be a full-time student
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate academic achievement - a minimum grade point average of 2.7 unless otherwise stated
  • Plan to attend an accredited two- or four- year college or university as either an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Exhibit good moral character

827 Fort Street Mall
Honolulu HI 96813

Phone: (808) 537-6333, toll-free 1-888-731-3863

Find out about Scholarships from the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation

Hawaiʻi Education Association Scholarships (HEA)

  • High School Student Scholarship
  • Student Teacher Scholarship
  • Undergraduate College Student Scholarship
  • Educator Scholarship

Deadline: April


  1. A member of HEA for at least one year and in good standings
  2. Continuing, full-time undergraduate college student
  3. Other requirements specified in each scholarship

Scholarship Committee, Hawaiʻi Education Association
1649 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96826

Website: https://www.hawaiieducationassociation.org/hea-scholarships

Hawaiʻi Emergency Physicians Associated, Inc. (HEPA)

Deadline: March 31


  • Must show compelling financial need.
  • Must be from East Hawaiʻi.
  • Must be a full-time classified student during scholarship year.
  • Must be a graduating high school student.

Administration, Hilo Medical Center
1190 Waianuenue Ave.
Hilo, HI 96720

(Attn: HEPA Scholarship Committee)

**Website: Hawaiʻi Emergency Physicians

Hawaiʻi Florists and Shippers Association Endowed Scholarship (administered under UH Foundation)

Deadline: March 1


  • Classified full-time undergraduate or graduate student, seeking a degree in agriculture at UH Hilo

UH Hilo Financial Aid Services
200 W. Kawili St
Hilo HI 96720

Hawaiʻi Government Employees Association (HGEA)

Scholarships Available: https://www.hgea.org/benefits-programs/scholarships/

  • Charles R. Kendall Scholarship & Education Fund (Deadline: January 16)
  • Russel K. Okata Scholarship (Deadline: January 16)
  • 2012 Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship (Deadline: April 30)
  • AFSCME Family Scholarship (Deadline: May 30)
  • HGEA Member Awards (available year round)

Hawaiʻi Island Landscape Association

Deadline: April


  • High school senior on the island of Hawaiʻi plan to enroll in institution of higher learning in a horticulture, landscaping or agriculture program, or
  • currently enrolled in the above programs
  • Financial need

PO Box 1594
Kailua-Kona, HI 96745-1594

Phone: (808) 323-9848 Email: hila@aloha.net

Hawaiʻi Space Grant Consortium

Deadline: June 15th for Fall semester or December 1st for Spring semester


  • A full time student enrolled at either the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo or University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a declared major in specific fields
  • US citizen who will be sponsored by a mentor.

Website: http://www.spacegrant.hawaii.edu/

Hawaiʻi’s Daughters Guild of California Scholarship

Deadline: March 15


  • Female of Polynesian Ancestry
  • California Resident
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Scholarship recipients must meet one of the following requirements:
    1. enroll as a full-time student (as defined by the academic institution) at an accredited college/university in the academic year immediately following high school graduation;
    2. enroll as a full-time student in the academic year immediately following scholarship award (for recipients who did not attend college after high school graduation);
    3. continue as a full-time undergraduate student;
    4. become a full-time graduate student in the academic year immediately following bachelor’s degree program.

18423 South Raymond Avenue
Gardena, CA 90248

Email: hdg.scholarship@gmail.com
Phone: (818) 347-0062
Website: http://hawaiidaughtersguild.webs.com/scholarships.htm

Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu

Deadline: April 30


  • Be a resident of Hawaiʻi
  • Be a full time student in an accredited two-four year college as either a classified Undergraduate or graduate student in or out of the state of Hawaiʻi.
  • GPA 2.5 for High School Students.
  • GPA 3.0 for graduate students.
  • Priority is given to currently paid members of Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu (HCCH), including directly-related family members.
  • HCCH by laws/policy gives preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry.

Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu
Scholarship Committee
PO Box 1513
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96806

Website: http://www.hcchonolulu.org/scholarship/

Hawaiian Homes Commission Scholarships Program

Deadline: March 1


  • Be native Hawaiian (50% or more Hawaiian ancestry) or Homestead Lessee (25% or more Hawaiian ancestry);
  • Be enrolled as a full-time classified student in an accredited two-year, four-year or graduate degree program;
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 for undergraduates, 3.0 for graduate students.

Website: http://hawaii.gov/dhhl/scholarships

Download application at http://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/

Heyum Endowment Fund Scholarship

Deadline: March 6


  • Indigenous to the islands of Meleasia, Micronesia, or Polynesia
  • Full time undergraduate or graduate students at a UH campus
  • Pacific island student in non-credit or training programs

Center for Pacific Islands Studies,
UH Mānoa,
1890 East-West Road, Moore 215
Honolulu, HI 96822

Website: https://hawaii.edu/cpis/student-life/cpis-scholarships/heyum-endowment-fund-scholarship/

Hilo Orchid Society


  1. Be at least a sophomore by start of the semester for which the award will be applied
  2. Have a GPA of at least 2.8.
  3. Be pursuing a bachelor's degree in the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management, or in a Natural Science with preference given to a student who plans on an orchid-related career.
  4. Demonstrate financial need, but not necessarily as determined by federal guidelines.
  5. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to live and work in Hawaiʻi.

Award: $1500

Deadline: 2017-06-01

Website: http://www.hiloorchidsociety.org/scholarships.html

Dr. Ruth Robison, Chair
Scholarship Committee
c/o Hilo Orchid Society
P.O. Box 4294
Hilo, HI 96720

Hilo Woman’s Club

Deadline: April 15


  • Female graduate of East Hawaiʻi high school, private or public
  • Prove financial need
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Entering or currently enrolled in UH Hilo or Hawaiʻi CC

Hilo Woman’s Club
7 Lele Street
Hilo HI 96720

Hiroshi & Barbara Kim Yamashita Hea Scholarship

Deadline: April 1


  • Full-time undergraduate student attending an accredited institution
  • Education major intending to teach in a Hawaiʻi school
  • GPA 3.2 or above

Website: Hawaiʻi Education Association

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

  • College Scholarship Program
  • High School Scholarship Program
  • Community College Transfer Scholarship Program
  • Gates Millennium Scholar

Deadline: mostly March 15, 2008, some earlier


  • Be of Hispanic heritage
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students
  • Plant to enroll full-time in an accredited non-for-profit 4-year university or graduate school during the FALL of scholarship cycle year
  • U.S. citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
  • Completed FAFSA
  • Complete state Dream Act financial aid application (if applicable)
  • Other specific requirements as indicated in each scholarship

55 Second St, Ste 1500
San Francisco CA 94105

Website: http://www.hsf.net

Awards: $500 to $5000

HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program

Deadline: February 13


  • Be a graduating high school senior from a Hawaiʻi high school.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 through the spring semester, third quarter, or other appropriate term ending just prior to the application deadline.
  • Have played on at least one of their school’s athletic teams in a league- sanctioned sport during at least one of their high school years. Special consideration
    will be given to student athletes in lower-profile sports.

Website: HHSAA and HMSA .

Award: $5000

Hui Okinawa

Deadline: April


  • Parent or legal guardian must be resident of Hawaiʻi county
  • High school senior from Hawaiʻi high school.
  • Plan to be a full time student at an accredited college

Hui Okinawa, c/o Alben Namihira
191 Hualalai St, Hilo HI 96720


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