There are many community groups and private organizations that offer scholarships and other types of financial assistance to students. Below are a few agencies that our office is aware of. In addition, you may be able to find other sources through family, friends, instructors, and counselors; however, please note that not all scholarship websites are legitimate.
If you are considering applying for outside scholarships then you must submit your application to the donor(s). Therefore, please contact these donors directly regarding the availability of funds and/or any questions about their scholarships.
- Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) Scholarship Program – The Executive Women International (EWI) offers the ASIST Scholarship Program to benefit non-traditional students. Non-traditional students include persons who are past high school age and who are entering college or trade schools and/or the workforce for the first time, non-traditional students already enrolled in a college or trade program, are re-training due to changes in the workplace, or who otherwise are not the traditional college or trade school student, recently finished with high school.
- Alu Like, Inc – The Hāna Lima Scholarship provides financial assistance to students participating in a vocational or technical education program for occupations that can prove a living wage. This scholarship is available to students in vocational programs that lead to a specific segment of employment
- American Association of University Women (AAUW) Honolulu Branch – American Association of University Women (AAUW) Honolulu Branch – The Honolulu Branch of the American Association of University Women offers additional fellowships and scholarships to assist women wishing to continue their education in Hawai‘i. Go to the ‘Scholarships’ page of their website for more information and to request a scholarship application.
- American Association of University Women (AAUW) Windward Branch – The Windward Branch of the American Association of University Women offers additional fellowships and scholarships to assist women wishing to continue their education in Hawai‘i.
- American Indian College Fund
- Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
- Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Student Scholarships – Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is pleased to offer annual scholarships to assist students who demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence at accredited schools in the United States. There are 4 different scholarships including one for students with disabilities and another for Paralegal Education.
- Hawai‘i Community Foundation: Hawai‘i Community Foundation helps people make a difference by inspiring the spirit of giving and by investing in people and solutions to benefit every island community. Every year HCF offers a number of scholarships to residents of Hawai‘i to further their education. We encourage all students to apply.
- Hawai‘i Government Employees Association (HGEA) – Students (and members) who are Hawai‘i Government Employees Association dependents may apply for the Charles R. Kendall Scholarship, Russell K. Okata Scholarship, HGEA Member Awards, AFSCME Family Scholarship, and Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship. Deadlines vary (check the website for deadlines).
- Hawai‘i State Federal Credit Union (HSFCU) – The Hawai‘i State Federal Credit Union Scholarship program provides scholarships for HSFCU members or their dependents seeking a post-high school education. Scholarship recipients are selected based on financial need, academic merit, and extra-curricular activities. The application period is open from January through April each year.
- Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu
- Hawai‘i Education Association Scholarship Fund – The mission of the Hawai‘i Education Association (HEA) Scholarship Fund is to support the educational endeavors of HEA members and their dependents to shape their future to reach their full potential. HEA scholarships support those entering college and continuing higher education. To support excellence in the classroom, HEA awards a scholarship specifically for student teachers and active classroom teachers.
- HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union – The Hawai‘i USA Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to members who are graduating high school seniors or current college students. Scholarships are awarded based on merit, academic standing, leadership, financial need, and recommendations.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program The Career & Technical Scholarship Program is funded through the generosity of Horatio Alger Association Members, Dennis R. Washington and Jim F. Dicke II. Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives and wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States.
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities. Each Cooke Scholar has access to generous financial support for two to three years, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to connect with the thriving community of fellow Scholars.
- Kamehameha Schools Scholarships – The Kamehameha Schools provides financial assistance to students including Post-High Scholarships. KSBE’s policy is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. The application period opens in January. Deadlines vary – see website for details.
- Ke Ali‘i Pauahi Foundation (KAPF) – Merit or need-based scholarships with a preference for applicants of Hawaiian ancestry. This foundation strives to generate new and diverse sources of income to support the increasing educational needs and goals of people of Hawaiian ancestry.
- Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club – The Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club raises funds annually to provide post-high-school scholarships and financial aid grants to deserving students living in the Ko‘olaupoko Moku. In keeping with the mission and spirit of the Civic Club, one important aspect of the scholarship is the emphasis placed on volunteer community service in evaluating applications. Also, scholarship recipients are expected to complete a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service in the 12 months following the award.
- Live Your Dream Award – The Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women program has been helping women around the world since 1972. This program provides cash grants to women who are working to better their lives through additional schooling and skills training. You may apply online or contact Soroptimist International of Honolulu; Julie Arigo (808) 295-6536
- Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program – NHHSP is a federally funded, scholar-centered, support service-oriented scholarship program for Native Hawaiian college students interested in serving their Native Hawaiian community as primary health care professionals. Funding fields include an Associate Degree in Nursing; Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing; Master’s of Science in Nursing Public Health, Nurse Practitioner, Midwifery; Medicine.
- Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF) – Scholarship Grants – The Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation offers Scholarship Grants to students who have participated in select competitive sports (canoeing, surfing, kayaking, swimming, water polo, and volleyball). The application period is open from January 1st to April 1st each year.
- Pālama Settlement Scholarship – Palama Settlement offers educational scholarship program opportunities.
- Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club – Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club: Supporting Native Hawaiians in their pursuit of Higher Education. The 2019-20 application period is May 1 – June 15. Undergraduate awards of up to $2,000 annually. Please go to the website for more information and the application.
- Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program – Students in the Natural Science – Life Science major are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
- United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
- Women’s League of Central Union Church – Rewick and Scudder Scholarships – The Women’s League of Central Union Church will make multiple awards for the Kenneth O. Rewick Educational Aid Grant and the Ruth C. Scudder Scholarship. The Scholarship Committee will review applications based on the following criteria: 1.) Scholarship, 2.) Evidence of real financial need, 3.) Character, 4.) Community Service, 5.) Evidence of personal effort to supplement educational funds. The deadline is the last day of February.
- FastWeb Scholarship Search – Automatically matches your circumstances with different types of scholarships and advises you on how to apply for them. More than just a scholarship search, it also contains an extensive college directory with over 4,000 listings.
- Federal Student Aid: General information about Federal financial aid and the application process.
- Financial Aid Calculators – Online financial aid calculators, such as expected family contribution (EFC) calculators, college cost estimators, and loan comparison calculators.
- Federal Direct Stafford Loan Deferments or Forbearance – Federal Direct Stafford Loan Borrowers have deferment options to postpone payments on past student loans. Learn more about your options.
- Guide to Financial Aid – A comprehensive source of information on financial aid, including loans, scholarships, and the application process.
- Health Resources & Services Administration – The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving health and achieving health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce, and innovative programs. HRSA’s programs provide health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically, or medically vulnerable.
- ScholarsApp – Scholar’s App mission is to send one million more students to college by the year 2020. They will achieve this goal by improving the scholarship experience for students. The current system is not efficient and results in thousands of scholarships going unapplied for and millions of dollars left unclaimed. Scholar’s App connects students to scholarships that they qualify for, and then helps them apply!
- Tax Benefits for Education – IRS publication 970 explains tax benefits that may be available if you are saving for or paying education costs. Most benefits apply only to higher education.
- Federal Student Aid Dashboard – One stop to check your Federal aid history, your student loan servicers, apply for Federal aid, complete loan requirements, etc