Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarships

There are many community groups and private organizations that offer scholarship 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. Most scholarships will not require payment or confidential information (ie, social security number, bank account number, credit card information).

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 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 (APIASF)
  • 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 deadline).
  • 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 for 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 seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, and strength of character; have financial need, and are committed to pursuing a career or technical certificate/degree.
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation seeks outstanding community college students with financial need for its Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 annually to high-achieving students and recent alumni from community colleges or two-year institutions who intend to pursue bachelor’s degrees at accredited four-year institutions. If you know any students who stand out for their exceptional academic abilities and achievements, persistence, leadership, and desire to help others, please encourage them to visit the Cooke Foundation’s website to learn more.
  • Job-Applications.com is offering a scholarship for working parents who are pursuing a higher education. Applicants must write a 600-1000 word essay explaining how they balance work, school, and parenthood.
  • 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. 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 scholarship 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
  • Making College Affordable: An Online Guide For Hispanic Students includes college affordability, scholarships, and other educational resources.
  • Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship – The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is proud to award $4,000 to one student each semester whose life has been impacted by cancer. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to college students in their pursuit of higher education. If you’ve battled a form of cancer yourself or witnessed a loved one receiving treatment, we want to hear your story.
  • 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 application.
  • Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers’ Single Mother Scholarship – Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers believes in the empowerment of single mothers through education. Education has the power to open doors for single mothers and even their children. Having a degree or certification can enable a woman to expand her lifetime earning potential, increase her gross income, and provide her with better job opportunities. If interested please read the application process, criteria, and requirements to apply for a scholarship.
  • 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!
  • Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program – Students in the Natural Science – Life Science major are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • Typology Central – Personality Type Scholarship:  TypologyCentral.Com is offering an opportunity to win up to $2,000 in scholarship funding for undergraduate and graduate students. This scholarship was created to help provide educational opportunities for individuals interested in the study of personality type theory and practical application of those systems.
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
  • Veteran Car Donation Annual Scholarship: Veteran Car Donations Annual College Scholarship – support students pursuing STEM-related degrees. According to the Department of Education, STEM fields of study include computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, natural sciences (including physical, biological, and agricultural sciences), and related fields. Related fields involve research, innovation, and/or the development of new technologies using the aforementioned fields of study. Veteran Car Donations will award the selected student applicant $1,000 to be used toward his or her degree. In addition, Veteran Car Donations will award a $250 textbook scholarship to the two runners-up.
  • 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. Deadline is the last day of February.

Resource Materials

  • 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 estimator, and a loan comparison calculator.
  • 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.
  • National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) – Find out the cumulative amount of loans that you have borrowed.
  • 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.


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