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    HCCNC Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u Scholarship

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

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated May 2, 2024
    Multiple awards worth


    Grade level

    College Students

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    June 2024

    Scholarship Overview

    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.

    About Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (HCCNC)

    HCCNC was officially organized as a California mutual benefit nonprofit corporation that was formed as a result of several discussions and meetings among the three founders, all originally from Hawai'i and now living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. For over twenty years, their mission has been to serve as a bridge, connecting Hawai‘i and Northern California. During that time they've put on over 100 business mixers and community events, hosted 20 annual Five Star Aloha Galas, and given over $100,000 in scholarships to Hawai‘i students studying in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

    Grade Level

    College Students


    California, Hawaii


    Applicants must (1) be Kamaʻāina (either (a) born in Hawaiʻi, (b) a resident of Hawaiʻi for a minimum of five years, OR (c) have a parent that has lived in Hawaiʻi for a minimum of twenty years) and (2) will be enrolled in an institution of higher education in Northern California.

    Application information

    To apply for this scholarship, submit the below application materials before the deadline.


    Two letters of recommendation

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    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (HCCNC) at

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