OHA’s Education Initiative focuses on two goals: increasing reading and math scores at the middle and high school levels and increasing graduation rates at the post-secondary level. OHA works with community based partners across the pae ʻāina to achieve these education goals and improve the lives of Native Hawaiians. Kapokuʻuipoʻonalani Cope is among the hundreds of Native Hawaiian students who has received a scholarship from OHA to help pay for college and complete her studies.


Native Hawaiian Scholarship ʻAha 2014-2015

At each of the 12 scholarship ʻaha being held across the pae ʻaina, students, parents, counselors and teachers are invited to learn about the various scholarships that are available to Native Hawaiians. Check the schedule to find an ʻaha that will take place near you in January 2015.

A higher education opens up a world of possibilities. OHA is committed to ensuring Native Hawaiians and their ‘ohana are aware of existing resources to assist them in pursuing their education and training goals. Each year OHA provides funding for scholarships through its Higher Education Scholarship Programs. In addition, OHA has created He Ipu Kāʻeo, a resource booklet created for Native Hawaiian students seeking post-secondary education; both college and career training programs. It includes information on scholarships, financial aid resources, and student support services.

OHA Scholarships

OHA is helping Native Hawaiian students pay for college with two scholarship programs:

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Higher Education Scholarship
Administered through the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation


  • Be of Hawaiian ancestry and be verified
  • Be a Hawaiʻi resident or resident of the continental United States
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be enrolled full-time or part-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college
  • Be a classified undergraduate or graduate student
  • Have a 2.0 or higher grade point average for undergraduates or 3.0 or higher for graduate students

To apply go to and search for the “Office of Hawaiian Affairs Fund” scholarship. For more information call (808) 537-6333.

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Scholarship
Administered through the Liko Aʻe Native Hawaiian Scholarship Program with preference given to non-traditional students.


  • Be of Hawaiian ancestry and be verified
  • Be a Hawaiʻi resident or resident of the continental United States
    • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be enrolled full-time or part-time at an accredited two or four-year college OR accredited vocational education training program, as an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Demonstrate academic achievement of at least a 2.0 GPA (undergraduate) and 3.0 GPA (graduate)
  • Remain in good academic standing

To apply go to For more information call (808) 984-3630.

To be eligible for these two scholarships you must be registered with OHA’s Hawaiian Registry Program. Go to to download an application form.

He Ipu Kāʻeo

NEW! He Ipu Kāʻeo 2014-2015 Scholarship Resources Booklet – This booklet was created to direct you to valuable resources available to Native Hawaiian students seeking post-secondary education; both college and career training programs. It includes information on scholarships, financial aid resources, and student support services.

Hawaiʻi Community Foundation Scholarships
The following scholarships are administered by the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation (these are not OHA scholarships). Visit for details about each fund and specific requirements.

Blossom Kalama Evans Memorial Scholarship Fund
For college juniors, seniors or graduate students of Hawaiian ancestry.

Elena Albano “Makaʻalohilohi” Scholarship Fund
For Maui County residents in recovery from a mental health, behavioral or psychological disability, who are pursuing a traditional or vocational education program.

Hokuliʻa Foundation Scholarship Fund
For North or South Kona residents pursuing degrees in Healthcare, Education, or Social Work. Preference given to students demonstrating an emphasis in advancing Native Hawaiian culture.

Ida M. Pope Memorial Scholarship
For women of Hawaiian ancestry pursuing a major in one of the following fields: health, science or education (includes counseling & social work).

Jean Ileialoha Beniamina Scholarship for Ni‘ihau Students Fund
For students who are residents of Kaua’i or Ni’ihau Island. Preference given to current Ni’ihau residents or Kaua’i residents who are one or two generations removed from Ni’ihau Island and to students who are proficient or fluent in the Hawaiian language.

The Ka‘ehu Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2014 with a preference to support students that are at least part Hawaiian, identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and/or transgender), female and had participated in club and/or high school sports.

Kaʻiulani Home For Girls Trust Scholarship
For women of Hawaiian ancestry who are college freshmen or sophomores. Past recipients who will be juniors or seniors are also eligible to apply.

Rosemary & Nellie Ebrie Fund
For Native Hawaiian students that were born and currently reside on the island of Hawai’i.

Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarships

Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu
Application available at Preference is given to members of HCCH in good standing, including directly-related family members.

Kona Hawaiian Civic Club
Application available at Applicants must be from the Kona community. Preference is given to KHCC members, as well as Hawaiian students in pursuit of a degree in Hawaiian Studies. Contact: Beatrice K Mahi Ravenscraft, Scholarship Chairperson

Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club
Application available at Preference given to Hawaiian students that have done community service or volunteer work, as well as students in pursuit of degrees in Hawaiian language, studies and culture, Journalism or Education. Contact: Cyr Pakele, or 842-8934. Email applications will not be accepted.

Mākaha Hawaiian Civic Club
Application available at Preference given to Hawaiian students interested in completing a vocational training program. Contact: Lu Faborito,

Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Civic Club

‘Ahahui Siwila ‘O Kapolei
For information email

Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club
For more information email

Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club

Waikīkī Hawaiian Civic Club
For more information email

More Native Hawaiian Scholarships

Chaminade University
Scholarships for residents of Hawaiian Homelands and students attending Hawaiian language immersion schools
Chaminade Admissions Office (808) 739-8340,,

Kamehameha Schools
Na Ho’okama a Pauahi and ‘Imi Na’auao Scholarship
Oʻahu (808) 534-8080, Toll Free 1-800-842-4682,

Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation
(808) 534-3966,

Gates Millennium Scholarship Program

Liko A’e Native Hawaiian Scholarship Program
(808) 984-3630,

Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program
Papa Ola Lōkahi
(808) 597-6550 x203,

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Kua’ana Tuition Waivers
(808) 956-5945 or (808) 956-2644,

Alu Like, Inc.
Hana Lima Scholarships
(808) 535-6734,,
For vocational and technical education

Asian Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund

Second Century Scholarship
To be eligible, Native Hawaiian students in the UH system that demonstrate financial need should apply for financial aid through their campus financial aid offices. Contact the UH financial aid office on your home campus for more information.

For a listing of scholarships available to University of Hawai’i Mānoa Students visit:

University of Hawai’i Financial Aid Offices:

There are several types of financial aid, including grants and scholarships, work study and loans. Financial aid awards may include a combination of these types of aid. Currently enrolled and newly admitted college students may apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at If you are a student in the University of Hawai‘i system, contact your home campus to learn more about financial aid available to you.

• Mānoa, (808) 956-7251,
• Hilo, (808) 974-7323,
• West O‘ahu, (808) 689-2800,
• Hawai‘i, (808) 934-2712,
• Honolulu, (808) 845-9116,
• Kapi‘olani, (808) 734-9555,
• Kaua‘i, (808) 245-8360,
• Leeward, (808) 455-0606,
• Maui, (808) 984-3277,
• Windward, (808) 235-7449,

Support Services for Native Hawaiian Students

College campuses provide support services designed to help students succeed. Here are just a few of the programs available at University of Hawai‘i campuses that are tailored specifically to assist Native Hawaiian students.

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Native Hawaiian Student Services Program: provides tutoring, free computer and printing access, academic counseling, internship programs, wellness counseling, technology workshops, and community huaka‘i (fieldtrips). Services are open to all Native Hawaiians regardless of major. Call (808) 956-4753 or visit for more information.

Kua‘ana Native Hawaiian Student Development Services
KNHSDS sponsors an annual financial aid fair and a comprehensive community service program designed especially for Native Hawaiian students to interact with programs, projects and issues in the Hawaiian community. Kua‘ana also provides peer support, access to scholarship opportunities, and support for all Native Hawaiian students in STEM-related programs. Call (808) 956-2644 or visit for more information.

University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu: Kealaikahiki
Kealaikahiki Native Hawaiian Program promotes student success while being responsive to the indigenous culture of Hawaiʻi. Services and events include tutoring (Hawaiian language, Hawaiian Studies, Writing, Math and Sciences); peer mentoring and support; guest speakers, seminars and workshops featuring prominent Native Hawaiian practitioners/specialists; and community service projects. Laptop lending and reference collection available for student use. Call (808) 689-2684 or visit for more information.

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center: provides academic advising, tutoring, peer mentoring, assistance with financial aid, especially scholarships giving preference to Hawaiians, and career planning and preparation including placement with mentors and internships on and off campus. Call (808) 933-0897 or visit for more information.

Maui College
Kaiao Student Success Center: provides students with guidance and support in helping them to achieve their educational goals through cultural enrichment activities that include field trips, hands-on cultural experiences, and networking with other Hawaiian students. Kaiao offers tutoring and counseling services, and a computer lab for student use. Call (808) 984-3405 or visit for more information.

Honolulu Community College
The Native Hawaiian Center is committed to actively preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian culture and values. The Native Hawaiian Center offers academic advising, career development, four year transfer assistance, and tutoring. Call (808) 847-9805 or visit for more information.

Po‘i Nā Nalu: provides Native Hawaiian students in career and technical education programs with support services to successfully navigate through higher education and beyond. Call (808) 845-9176 or visit for more information.

Kapi‘olani Community College
The Kapoʻoloku Program for Native Hawaiian Student Success exists to ensure that Kapi’olani Community College (KCC) programs and services are equitable for student of Hawaiian ancestry. The program provides a solid foundation for students by reinforcing the importance education by promoting personal growth and development within the social, community and cultural contexts of Hawai’i’s history.  Program services are provided at the Manele lab including peer tutoring, academic advising, computer access, and assistance with financial aid and scholarship applications. Call (808) 734-9714 or visit for more information.

Kulia ma Kapi’olani is a Native Hawaiian Career & Technical Education project sponsored by ALU LIKE, INC. and funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of the program is to assist Native Hawaiian students who are pursuing degrees in CTE programs to both graduate and find employment in their chosen fields.  Call (808) 734-9554 or visit for more information.

Leeward Community College
Hālau ‘Ike O Pu‘uloa Native Hawaiian Student Support Programs: provide internship opportunities, tutoring, assistance in career and vocational planning, cultural workshops and lectures, counseling, scholarship and financial aid assistance, and a computer lab and resource center for students. Call (808) 455-0555 or visit for more information.

Kaua‘i Community College
The Wai‘ale‘ale Project: provides financial support covering tuition, books, and fees; and academic supports including counseling and advising, to non-college-bound high school students and adults to attend, and successfully complete their first year of college. Call (808) 245-8328 or visit for more information.

Native Hawaiian Scholarship ‘Aha

The highly popular Native Hawaiian Scholarship ʻAha (Fairs) connect Native Hawaiian students with financial aid to help them pay for college and technical programs. The fairs help high school and college students, parents, teachers, counselors, and anyone interested in finding out more about scholarships and financial aid, eligibility and applications. This is a great opportunity for students and their families to meet and directly interact with agencies that provide scholarships. The annual statewide series of scholarship fairs typically begin in November and extend through January.



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