Dr. Josh Kaʻakua of the University of Hawaiʻi explains how Native Hawaiian students can apply for the Office of Hawaiian Affair's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Scholarship.


Native Hawaiian Scholarship ʻAha 2016-2017

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 scholarship ‘aha will begin in October 2016.

Native Hawaiian Scholarship ʻAha
Co-Sponsored by the University of Hawaiʻi, Pacific Financial Aid Association, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, GEAR UP Hawaiʻi, and the Native Hawaiian Education Association
Island   Location Date & Time
MAUI  University of Hawaiʻi Maui College Pilina Bldg. Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
MAUI  Hāna High & Intermediate School Cafeteria Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
LĀNAʻI Lānaʻi High & Elem. School Cafeteria Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
MOLOKAʻI Kūlana ʻŌiwi Hālau Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
KAUAʻI Kauaʻi Community College One Stop Center Lobby Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
HAWAIʻI ISLAND Kealakehe High School Cafeteria Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
HAWAIʻI ISLAND University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Campus Center Dining Hall Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
OʻAHU  University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu Campus Center Thursday, Nov. 15, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
OʻAHU  Windward Community College Hale ʻAkoakoa Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Hāpai Pū: A Financial Aid Fair
Co-Sponsored by Kuaʻana Native Hawaiian Student Development Services and Native Hawaiian Student Services
OʻAHU University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Campus Center Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

OHA Scholarship

OHA is helping Native Hawaiian students pay for college through the OHA Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship Program Scholarship.

The OHA scholarship is administered through the University of Hawai’i for Native Hawaiian students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship Program (NHSEMP) Scholarship provides scholarships and wrap-around services for students of Hawaiian ancestry pursuing STEM degrees at any of the University of Hawai’i campuses. Priority will be given to non-traditional students.

The OHA-NHSEMP Scholarship will be promoted at the University of Hawai’i System Scholarship website:

Prospective applicants with questions about the application process may contact the UH System Scholarship Office by phone at (808) 933-7601 (Hilo) or by email at

Community members with questions about the OHA-NHSEMP Scholarship may also contact project director Dr. Joshua Kaakua by phone at (808) 956-2289 (Honolulu) or by email at

The UH System Common Scholarship Application will be available online beginning on Dec. 1.

The UH System Common Scholarship Application will close on March 1.

Priority will be given to students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics and

Priority will be given to non-traditional students.

He Ipu Kāʻeo

He Ipu Ka‘eo was created to direct you to valuable resources available to Native Hawaiian students seeking post-secondary education; both college and career training programs. See below for information on scholarships, financial aid resources, and student support services.

Hawaiʻi Community Foundation Scholarships

The following scholarships are administered by the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation. Visit Hawaiʻi Community Foundation Scholarship Manager 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.

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.

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

Hoʻoulu Scholarship Fund
For Pacific Islander students, including Hawaiians, who have completed at least one year of college, “stopped out” for at least one year, and are now returning to actively pursue a college degree.

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: Vice President Aka A. DeMesa,

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
Preference given to Hawaiian students interested in completing a vocational training program.
Contact: for an application.

Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Civic Club
For information visit

‘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,
To qualify for Ke Aliʻi Pauahi Foundation scholarships, scholars must be registered with the Hoʻoulu Hawaiian Data Center. The registration process may take ip to 10 weeks. 

Gates Millennium Scholarship Program

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

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Kuaʻana Tuition Waivers
Kuaʻana Tuition Waivers support students attending the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus.
(808) 956-5945 or (808) 956-2644,

Honolulu Community College Hawaiian Tuition Waiver
The Hawaiian Tuition Waiver supports Native Hawaiian students accepted into a degree seeking program at Honolulu Community College, who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled at least half time (6 or more credits).

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 Hawaiʻi 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 Hulili Ke Kukui 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, email  or visit for more information.

Kūlia ma Kapiʻolani, a Native Hawaiian Career & Technical Education project, assists Native Hawaiian students pursuing Career and Technical Education (CTE) in graduating and seeking employment in their chosen fields. Call Sydney Dickerson, Student Support Specialist, at (808) 734-9654, or visit

Lunalilo Scholars identifies individual needs and provides support, tools and resources for Native Hawaiian students to build a foundation for success in their first year of college. Call Lavache Scanlan at (808) 734-9371, email, or visit

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.

The Hoʻoulu Program provides career development and technical building skills for Native Hawaiians enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs. Contact (808) 455-0225 or (808) 455-0474, email, or visit for more information.

Hawaiʻi Community College
Paepae ‘Ōhua Native Hawaiian Student Services Program promotes a holistic Hawaiian cultural foundation experience which empowers all learners to maximize their potential by supporting personal development, cultural identity, and academic success. For more information visit



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