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Top 25 Hawaii Scholarships in February 2024

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Updated: February 29th, 2024

Aloha! Hawaii is home to so many amazing things, including gorgeous scenery, an incredibly diverse culture, and amazing universities (and scholarship opportunities!). If you’re attending college in the Aloha State or it’s your future goal, keep on reading to learn about the top Hawaii scholarships available to you.

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$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

Royal Business Bank Scholarship Program

Offered by Asian Pacific Community Fund

4 awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Asian Pacific Community Fund

The Royal Business Bank Scholarship Program annually awards $1,000 each to four college-bound high school seniors from select counties in New York, New Jersey, California,…Show More

The Royal Business Bank Scholarship Program annually awards $1,000 each to four college-bound high school seniors from select counties in New York, New Jersey, California,…Show More

The Royal Business Bank Scholarship Program annually awards $1,000 each to four college-bound high school seniors from select counties in New York, New Jersey, California, Nevada, Illinois, and Hawaii. Eligible counties include New York, Kings, Queens, and Richmond County in New York, Middlesex County in New Jersey, Orange, Los Angeles, and Ventura County in California, Clark County in Nevada, Cook County in Illinois, and Honolulu County in Hawaii. Applicants must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA and a household income at or below the County Low Income Level. If you're a high school senior from an eligible county and will be enrolling in college in the upcoming Fall, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

4 awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$40,000 BigFuture Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application
Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

ALU LIKE, Inc. Hana Lima Scholarship

Offered by ALU Like, Inc.

Multiple awards worth $1,500
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level College Underclassmen

Offered by ALU Like, Inc.

Are you a Hawaii resident of Native Hawiian descent enrolled full-time (12 credits min.) in a 2-year vocational degree or vocational certification program in Hawaii?…Show More

Are you a Hawaii resident of Native Hawiian descent enrolled full-time (12 credits min.) in a 2-year vocational degree or vocational certification program in Hawaii?…Show More

Are you a Hawaii resident of Native Hawiian descent enrolled full-time (12 credits min.) in a 2-year vocational degree or vocational certification program in Hawaii? If so, you may be eligible for the ALU LIKE, Inc. Hana Lima Scholarship! Each year, their scholarship awards $1,500 each to multiple such students who are enrolled in a 2-year vocational program at an eligible institution of higher education in Hawaii (a full list of eligible institutions can be found on the ALU Like, Inc. website). Applicants must also hold a minimum 2.0 GPA to be considered. If you're a Native Hawaiian student and resident of Hawaii who will be attending a 2-year vocational program in your home state, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $1,500
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level College Underclassmen
Get Started

Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Honolulu Community College Hawaiian Tuition Waiver

Offered by Honolulu Community College

Multiple awards worth Full-time Hawaii resident tuition cost
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Underclassmen

Offered by Honolulu Community College

Are you a Native Hawaiian student who has been accepted into a degree-seeking program at Honolulu Community College and demonstrates financial need? If so, consider…Show More

Are you a Native Hawaiian student who has been accepted into a degree-seeking program at Honolulu Community College and demonstrates financial need? If so, consider…Show More

Are you a Native Hawaiian student who has been accepted into a degree-seeking program at Honolulu Community College and demonstrates financial need? If so, consider applying for the Honolulu Community College Hawaiian Tuition Waiver! Each year, the waiver covers up to the cost of full-time (15 credits) resident tuition for the fall and spring semesters for selected recipients. To be considered, interested students must simply submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by May 1st, hold a minimum 2.0 GPA, and have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $3,000 or less. If you're of Native Hawaiian descent and are an incoming or current student at Honolulu Community College, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Full-time Hawaii resident tuition cost
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Underclassmen
Get Started

Hawaii Promise Program

Offered by University of Hawaii Community Colleges

Multiple awards worth Tuition + fees + books and supplies' costs
Deadline Automatically awarded if eligible
Grade Level College Underclassmen

Offered by University of Hawaii Community Colleges

Are you currently or will soon be attending one of the University of Hawaii Community Colleges? If so, the Hawaii Promise Program may be a…Show More

Are you currently or will soon be attending one of the University of Hawaii Community Colleges? If so, the Hawaii Promise Program may be a…Show More

Are you currently or will soon be attending one of the University of Hawaii Community Colleges? If so, the Hawaii Promise Program may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the program covers the direct education costs (including tuition, fees, and an allowance for books and supplies) for many UH Community College Students. It is a “last dollar” scholarship, meaning that it covers financial needs not met by other forms of financial aid such as federal grants and scholarships from UH, employers and other private sources. To be considered, interested students must simply submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and will receive the scholarship if they are deemed eligible. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to submit your FAFSA and apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Tuition + fees + books and supplies' costs
Deadline Automatically awarded if eligible
Grade Level College Underclassmen
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Hawai’i B+ Scholarship

Offered by University of Hawaii

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by University of Hawaii

Are you a Hawaii resident who will be attending a University of Hawaii campus and has earned a minimum 3.0 high school GPA? If so,…Show More

Are you a Hawaii resident who will be attending a University of Hawaii campus and has earned a minimum 3.0 high school GPA? If so,…Show More

Are you a Hawaii resident who will be attending a University of Hawaii campus and has earned a minimum 3.0 high school GPA? If so, you may be eligible for the Hawai'i B+ Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship is awarded to multiple Hawaii public high school graduates who are incoming students at a University of Hawaii campus. Applicants must have also completed a "rigorous high school curriculum," which is defined as 4 credits of English, 3 credits of math (including Algebra I and Geometry), 3 credits of science (including Biology), and 3 credits of college preparatory coursework, such as foreign languages, fine arts, and social sciences. To apply, interested students must complete the UH Common Scholarship Application. If you're an incoming University of Hawaii student from Hawaii, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Thz Fo Farm Scholarship Fund

Offered by Hawaii Community Foundation

Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by Hawaii Community Foundation

The Thz Fo Farm Scholarship Fund is funded by the Hawaii Community Foundation, an organization that helps people make a difference by inspiring the spirit…Show More

The Thz Fo Farm Scholarship Fund is funded by the Hawaii Community Foundation, an organization that helps people make a difference by inspiring the spirit…Show More

The Thz Fo Farm Scholarship Fund is funded by the Hawaii Community Foundation, an organization that helps people make a difference by inspiring the spirit of giving and by investing in people and solutions to benefit every island community. Thus, every year, their Thz Fo Farm Scholarship Fund awards up to $5,000 to multiple postsecondary students of Chinese descent who are studying gerontology. While students from any state may apply, those from Hawaii will be given preference. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more application details.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Fukunaga Scholarship

Offered by Servco

Multiple awards worth $5,000
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Servco

Are you an incoming or current college student from Hawaii hoping to pursue a career in business? If so, consider applying for the Fukunaga Scholarship!…Show More

Are you an incoming or current college student from Hawaii hoping to pursue a career in business? If so, consider applying for the Fukunaga Scholarship!…Show More

Are you an incoming or current college student from Hawaii hoping to pursue a career in business? If so, consider applying for the Fukunaga Scholarship! The scholarship is open to college-bound residents of Hawaii looking to obtain a degree in business at an accredited college or university. Current college students from Hawaii who are pursuing business degrees are also eligible. Through this scholarship program, Servco hopes to support students in their educational pursuits. Thus, every year, multiple applicants are chosen to receive $5,000 to help offset tuition and other costs. The scholarship can be renewed up to three times, for a total of $20,000 throughout a four-year degree program. If you're a Hawaii resident with a passion for business, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth $5,000
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

Frank Der Yuen Aviation Scholarship

Offered by Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Multiple awards worth $1,000
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Are you a Hawaii resident who has been accepted to or is enrolled in an aviation-related program at an accredited trade school, college, or university?…Show More

Are you a Hawaii resident who has been accepted to or is enrolled in an aviation-related program at an accredited trade school, college, or university?…Show More

Are you a Hawaii resident who has been accepted to or is enrolled in an aviation-related program at an accredited trade school, college, or university? If so, you may be eligible for the Frank Der Yuen Aviation Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards at least $1,000 each to multiple Hawaiian residents who aspire to a career in the aviation industry and who submit a ~750-word essay regarding their desired career field, their previous work experiences, and a summary of their achievements in their desired field. In addition, interested students must submit a completed application form and three letters of recommendation, and must be available to participate in an in-person or video conference interview. If you're a Hawaii resident with a passion for flight, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more and soar toward your dreams.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $1,000
Expected deadline February 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

Pauahi Foundation Scholarships

Offered by Pauahi Foundation

Multiple awards worth Varies
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by Pauahi Foundation

Are you attending a two- or four-year accredited institution in the state of Hawaii or the continental United States that is recognized by KS (Kamehameha…Show More

Are you attending a two- or four-year accredited institution in the state of Hawaii or the continental United States that is recognized by KS (Kamehameha…Show More

Are you attending a two- or four-year accredited institution in the state of Hawaii or the continental United States that is recognized by KS (Kamehameha Schools)? If so, you may be eligible for some of the many Pauahi Foundation Scholarships! There are a variety of scholarships available, offering varying amounts of money to winning applicants. To find out more about each scholarship’s specific requirements, we recommend checking out their individual profiles on the Pauahi Foundation website. Upon completing the General Application, students will be considered for each of the 150+ scholarships they may be eligible for. If you do fit the criteria for any of the scholarships, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Expected deadline January 2025
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship

Offered by The Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club

3 awards worth $1,000
Expected deadline September 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by The Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club

Are you enrolled as a part-time or full-time student in any Associate, Baccalaureate, Masters, or Doctorate degree program offered by an accredited university or college…Show More

Are you enrolled as a part-time or full-time student in any Associate, Baccalaureate, Masters, or Doctorate degree program offered by an accredited university or college…Show More

Are you enrolled as a part-time or full-time student in any Associate, Baccalaureate, Masters, or Doctorate degree program offered by an accredited university or college in Hawai‘i? If so, you may be eligible for the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 each to three eligible students studying in a Hawaiian college or university. Preference will be given to applicants who are (1) of Hawaiian or part-Hawaiian ancestry and/or (2) are members in good-standing of the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club, or who are relatives of KHCC members in good standing. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

3 awards worth $1,000
Expected deadline September 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

HCCNC Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u Scholarship

Offered by Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (HCCNC)

Multiple awards worth $3,000
Expected deadline June 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (HCCNC)

Are you Kamaʻāina (either (1) born in Hawaiʻi, (2) a resident of Hawaiʻi for a minimum of five (5) years, or (3) have a parent…Show More

Are you Kamaʻāina (either (1) born in Hawaiʻi, (2) a resident of Hawaiʻi for a minimum of five (5) years, or (3) have a parent…Show More

Are you Kamaʻāina (either (1) born in Hawaiʻi, (2) a resident of Hawaiʻi for a minimum of five (5) years, or (3) have a parent that has lived in Hawaiʻi for a minimum of twenty (20) years) and will be attending an institution of higher education in Northern California? If so, you may be eligible for the HCCNC Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards ~$3,000 to multiple such students who submit an essay regarding their strengths, and how their education will benefit the Hawai‘i community. In addition to the monetary award, recipients will be assigned a HCCNC mentor who will "encourage ongoing dialogue and connection over the course of the scholars studies and career pursuits in addition to helping them stay plugged into the Hawaii community in Northern California." If you're Kamaʻāina and are/will be pursuing your postsecondary education in Northern California, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $3,000
Expected deadline June 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

JWSF Academic Scholarship

Offered by Japanese Women's Society Foundation

1 award worth up to $5,000
Expected deadline June 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students

Offered by Japanese Women's Society Foundation

Are you a Hawaii resident who is enrolled or has been accepted to a graduate degree program in Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, or…Show More

Are you a Hawaii resident who is enrolled or has been accepted to a graduate degree program in Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, or…Show More

Are you a Hawaii resident who is enrolled or has been accepted to a graduate degree program in Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, or the Arts and Sciences? If so, you may be eligible for the JWSF Academic Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $5,000 to multiple graduate students who also demonstrate an interest and commitment to the field of Gerontology/Geriatrics based on coursework, research, and/or volunteerism. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and submit an essay addressing "the applicant’s plans for further academic training and how this would have an impact on the services for the elderly in Hawaii" to be considered. If you're a Hawaii resident with a passion for gerontology and/or geriatrics, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth up to $5,000
Expected deadline June 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students
Get Started
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How to win Hawaii scholarships

Do you want to say “Aloha” to Hawaii scholarships? The best way to win Hawaii scholarships is to focus on how unique Hawaii is- which shouldn’t be too hard with the beautiful beaches, majestic volcanoes, and a vibrant culture that is quite different from the rest of the United States! 

After you have used Scholarships360 and other valuable resources to find Hawaii scholarships, be sure to emphasize your personal connection to Hawaii in your essays. Throw out some details that are unique to Hawaii to incorporate into your essays. For example, if you grew up immersed in Hawaiin culture,  maybe write about your experiences and how you will continue to enrich yourself in this culture while studying at university. Ultimately, you should be connecting your own personal experiences to the uniqueness of Hawaii in order to win Hawaii scholarships. 

Top Easy Scholarships of March 2024

Scholarship
Amount
Deadline
Apply Link
Scholarship:
$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship
Amount:

$10,000

Deadline:

June 30, 2024

Jun 30, 2024

Apply
Scholarship Details +

Easy scholarship open to all US-based high school, college, community college and graduate students.

Scholarship:
$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship
Amount:

$2,000

Deadline:

March 31, 2024

Mar 31, 2024

Apply
Scholarship Details +

Easy $2,000 monthly scholarship. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school!

Scholarship:
$40,000 BigFuture Scholarship
Amount:

$40,000

Deadline:

March 31, 2024

Mar 31, 2024

Apply
Scholarship Details +

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Scholarship:
Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship
Amount:

$10,000

Deadline:

March 31, 2024

Mar 31, 2024

Apply
Scholarship Details +

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

Resources for writing scholarship essays 

It may be necessary to write an essay about yourself in order to win Hawaii scholarships. Therefore, read over our Scholarships360 ultimate guide to finding and winning scholarships and our overview of common scholarship essay prompts to help ensure you are prepared to win Hawaii scholarships! Everything you need is at your fingertips with Scholarships360 from guides on how to start a scholarship essay to how to write a 500 word essay

Hawaii college loan debt snapshot

According to the Department of Education, Hawaii residents owe $4.5 billion in federal student loan debt, with student borrowers owing an average of $36,765 each (this does not include private loans). In Hawaii, 51.1% of student loan borrowers are under the age of 35. As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take less loans. Make sure that you apply to as many as you qualify for. 

Keep on reading to learn more about merit scholarships from colleges in Hawaii as well as some notable Hawaii scholarships!

Merit scholarships at Hawaii colleges and universities

University of Hawaii at West Oahu

  • Eligibility: Students entering UH West Oahu. Must have a 3.5+ GPA and demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, and community service
  • Amount: $4,000 up to full tuition
  • Deadline: Mid-January 

University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Eligibility: First-year students entering UH Manoa with impressive academic achievement
  • Amount: $2,000 up to full tuition
  • Deadline: January 24 annually

University of Hawaii Maui College

  • Eligibility: Must be a Pacific Islander student enrolled at least part-time 
  • Amount: $1,000 per year
  • Deadline: March 1 annually

Chaminade University of Honolulu

  • Eligibility: Incoming undergraduate freshmen and transfer students are automatically considered based on academic success and rigor in high school
  • Amount: $4,000 up to $17,000
  • Deadline: Admission to Chaminade University of Honolulu

Hawaii Pacific University

  • Eligibility: Decision made based on admission application and academic abilities 
  • Amount: $3,000 up to $11,000
  • Deadline: Admission to Hawaii Pacific University

Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity 

In-state tuition provides students with a lower cost compared to out-of-state tuition rates. Additionally, many universities and colleges reserve scholarships and financial aid for in-state students, which helps reduce the cost of attending college for those who live there.

Here are a few well-known Hawaii universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs: 

University of Hawaii at West Oahu

  • In-state tuition: $3,672
  • Out-of-state tuition: $10,152

 University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • In-state tuition: $5,652
  • Out-of-state tuition: $16,668

How do you get in-state tuition? 

Being a resident of Hawaii has its perks when it comes to drastically reducing the cost of tuition. So, how can you become a Hawaii resident for tuition purposes? To qualify for resident tuition, you need to be a bona fide resident of Hawaii for at least one calendar year prior to the semester for which you want residency status. Bona fide residency is similar to the legal concept of domicile. Therefore, to be a bona fide resident of Hawaii you must be physically present in the state and demonstrate during the calendar year in question your intent to make Hawaii your permanent residence. Some examples of demonstrating intent include having a Hawaii lease agreement, Hawaii voter certificate and filing personal income tax for the state of Hawaii. 

Ultimately, the university of your choice in Hawaii will have more details regarding their requirements for residency status for in-state tuition. Therefore, double check with your intended university to answer any questions you may have regarding your residency status. 

Does Hawaii offer tuition reciprocity? 

Yes, Hawaii is a member of the Western Undergraduate Exchange which allows a limited number of qualified students to pay 150% of in-state tuition in other member states. However, it is important to note that many popular universities do not participate in this tuition reciprocity exchange. Therefore, double check with your intended university on their rules regarding tuition reciprocity with Hawaii. 

Hawaii scholarship spotlight

Frank Der Yuen Aviation Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Hawaii residents pursuing aviation-related education and training
  • Amount: at least $1,000
  • Deadline: Mid-January

Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Students who either: were born in Hawaii, a resident of Hawaii for at least 5 years, have a parent that has lived in Hawaii for at least 20 years. Be enrolled full- or part-time at an institution of higher education in the San Francisco Bay Area or Northern California
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Deadline: Late spring of each year

Big Island Federal Credit Union Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Be a member in good standing of Big Island FCU (people who live, work, or attend school on the island of Hawaii are eligible to join the credit union). Applications are reviewed based on academic and personal achievement, community involvement, academic and career goals, and letters of recommendation
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Early June  

Japanese Women’s Academic Society Academic Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Hawaii residents who are pursuing a graduate degree in Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, or the Arts and Sciences. 
  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Deadline: Mid-June

Hawaii Education Association Student Teacher Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Student teachers intending to teach in the Hawaii State Department of Education who are enrolled in a State Approved Teacher Education Program as a full-time undergraduate or graduate candidate
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Deadline: Mid-June 

Korean-American Scholarship Foundation, Western Regional Chapter

  • Eligibility: Students who are of Korean heritage and attending school in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, or Washington
  • Amount: $500 -up to $5,000
  • Deadline: June 30

The Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Students enrolled part-time or full-time in any Associate, Baccalaureate, Masters, or Doctorate degree program offered by an institution in Hawaii. Preference given to students who are of Hawaiian descent or are members or related to members of the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: Mid-September 

The Gromet Foundation Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Seniors at a Hawaii high school and resident of Hawaii. Must demonstrate financial need and apply through your high school guidance office 
  • Amount: $2,000 to in-state students; $5,000 to out-of-state students
  • Deadline: Late October

Pauahi Foundation Scholarships

  • Eligibility: The Foundation awards scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies as well as trade and vocational courses. Many awards may be determined based on merit, and some are for students who demonstrate financial need or for students applying from specific geographic regions
  • Amount: Varies 
  • Deadline: Early December

Honolulu Community College Hawaiian Tuition Waiver

  • Eligibility: Students of Hawaiian descent who are attending Honolulu Community College. Must enroll at least part-time. Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Amount: Full-tuition
  • Deadline: Must complete the FAFSA application by the deadline for consideration 

ALU LIKE, Inc. Hana Lima Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Students of Native Hawaiian ancestry who are residents of Hawaii. Enroll full-time in a 2-year vocational degree or vocational certification program in Hawaii (this scholarship is not applicable for undergraduate, graduate, or professional degrees)
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Deadline: Varies

Hawaii Promise Program

  • Eligibility: University of Hawaii community college students taking  6+ credits per semester who demonstrate financial need. Applicants must apply to FAFSA to be eligible and qualify for resident tuition
  • Amount: Varies. Average $1,629
  • Deadline: Automatically awarded if eligible

Celebrate the West Art Competition

  • Eligibility: High school students in Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming who submit an original two-dimensional art piece informed by their experience living in the West
  • Amount: $200 up to $1,500.
  • Deadline: Varies

Additional Hawaii resources

University of Hawaii System common scholarship application

The University of Hawaii System offers scholarships for different schools, areas of study, and achievements. Complete the common application and required materials by March 1 to be considered.

Kamehameha Schools scholarship resources

The Kamehameha Schools website provides scholarships and resources for Native Hawaiians. There are also internship resources!

Hawaii Community Foundation Scholarships

There are hundreds of scholarships available for Hawaii residents, those of Hawaiian ancestry, or those interested in studying in Hawaii! Use the search tool to find what you’re eligible for!

FAFSA guide

On October 1st of every year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens nationwide. Florida students should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to be eligible for federal student aid as well as some scholarships.

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Frequently asked questions about Hawaii scholarships

Does Hawaii offer free college?

There is not a full-cost scholarship offered by the state of Hawaii, but there are many other opportunities to attend college in Hawaii with free tuition. The University of Hawaii Regents Scholarship covers full tuition for in-state students. The Hawaii Promise Program helps students with financial need cover the costs of community college in the state.

Can I get a full tuition scholarship at the University of Hawaii?

Yes! Whether you’re interested in the Manoa, West O’ahu, or Hilo campus, both the Regents and Presidential Scholarship offer full tuition. However, it is important to note that these do not cover the full cost of attendance (which would include housing and other college-related expenses), instead they award students enough money to cover tuition plus a $4,000 stipend per year.

How hard is it to get into the University of Hawaii?

How difficult it is to get into the University of Hawaii depends on many factors: GPA, standardized test scores, extracurriculars, and more. Also very important is what campus you’re looking at because each University of Hawaii campus has a different acceptance rate. While the U of Hawaii system is awesome, you can receive a great college education and a similar college experience at a number of other universities as well!

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