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Scholarship Information

The scholarship program at Hawaii Community College is for incoming and currently enrolled students. Scholarships are offered each academic year. We encourage those students that have an eagerness to participate in community activities and demonstrate academic potential to apply. The scholarship funds come from various sources such as state and local businesses, private donors and foundations.

Scholarships are widely available and competitive. Most require an application and a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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Hawaii Community College Scholarship Opportunities

Internal Scholarships

Hawaii Community College and UH System Online Scholarship Application (Deadline: March 1)
To get to the application:

  1. Go to or click on: https://uhsys.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com
  2. Follow instructions on the webpage to create an account and log in to apply.
  3. Application Deadline is March 1.
PAPER APPLICATIONS
 
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide assistance to students pursuing an Associate of Science degree in Natural Science at Hawai‘i Community College - Pālamanui. Funds shall be used to assist with any expenses related to cost of attendance (e.g. tuition, books, fees, etc.).  Click here for application.
 
Deadline: Extended
 
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship assitance to new and continuing students pursuing a degree in the Diesel Mechanics Program at Hawai‘i Community College.  Funds shall be used to assist the student with any expenses related to cost of attendance (tution, fees, books, uniforms, etc.).  Click here for application.
 
Deadline: September 1, 2017
 
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship assistance to students pursuing a degree or certificate in Career and Technical Education at Hawaiʻi Community College.  Funds shall be used to assist the student with any expenses related to cost of attendance.  Click here for application.
 
Deadline: Extended to September 1, 2017
 East Hawaii Culinary Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship assistance to students enrolled in the Hawaiʻi Community College - East Hawaiʻi Culinary Arts Program.  Funds shall be used to assist the student with any expenses related to cost of attendance.  Click here for application.
 
Deadline: September 1, 2017
 Hawaii CC Alumni and Friends Scholarship - For Incoming High School Grads and Continuing Students
The purpose of this fund is to assist new and continuing students pursuing a certificate or degree at Hawai‘i Community College.  Current high school graduates must be enrolled in a Career or Technical program.  Continuing students may be enrolled in any program. Funds shall be used for costs associated with attendance (tuition, fees, books, uniforms, etc.). Click here for application.
 
Deadline: September 1, 2017
 Hawaii CC Larry Child Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to assist full-time students who are enrolled in the Electrical Installation and Maintenance Technology program at Hawai‘i Community College. Click here for application.
 
Deadline: September 1, 2017
 Hawaii Fire Chiefs Association Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to assist students who are enrolled in the Fire Science Program at Hawai‘i Community College. Funds shall be used for costs associated with attendance (e.g. tuition, books, fees, etc.). Click here for application.
 
Deadline: September 1, 2017
 Hawaii Gas Culinary Arts Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship assistance to outstanding students pursuing a degree or certificate in Culinary Arts at Hawaiʻi Community College.  Funds shall be used to assist the student with any expenses related to cost of attendance.  Click here for application.
 
Deadline: September 1, 2017
 Hilo High Class of 1940 Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to entering first-year freshman students in any area of study at Hawai‘i Community College.  Funds shall be used for costs associated with attendance (i.e. tuition, books, fees, etc.)Click here for application.
 
Deadline: September 1 2017
 
The Native Hawaiian Tuition Waiver at Hawaii Community College is based on financial need and Hawaiian ancestry.  This tuition waiver applies only to HawaiiCC credits and requires enrollment of at least half-time (6 credits).  Awards are limited and awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.  Click here for application.
 
Deadline: Septemeber 1, 2017
 Oceanic Time Warner Cable Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship assistance to students pursuing a degree in a vocational and/or technology-education discipline at Hawai‘i Community College.  Funds shall be used to assist with any expenses related to cost of attendance (e.g. tuition, books, fees, etc.). Click here for application.
 
Deadline: September 1, 2017
 Richard Nip Scholarship in Accounting
The Richard Nip Endowed Scholarship in Accounting will be awarded to students who demonstrate hard work, strong values, overcoming adversity and persevering personally and academically to acheive career goals in Accounting.  Funds shall be used to assist with any expenses related to cost of attendance (e.g. tuition, books, fees, etc.). Click here for application.
 
Deadline: September 1, 2017
 
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship support to students pursuing a degree or certificate in hospitality, culinary, or business at Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui campus, and are a current, non-managerial employee at any resort in West Hawai‘i.  Funds shall be used for costs associated with attendance (e.g. tuition, books, fees, etc.).
 
It is the donor’s intent to encourage and support resort employees who want to gain credentials to improve their chances of promotion.  Click here for application.
 
Deadline: Extended to September 1, 2017
 Suisan Company, LTD./Rex Y. Matsuno Culinary Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to assist students enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at Hawaiʻi Community College.  Funds shall be used to assist the student with any expenses related to cost of attendance.  Click here for application.
 
Deadline: September 1, 2017
 West Hawaii Marine Science Scholarship - Palamanui
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship support to students enrolled in the Marine Science degree program at the Hawaiʻi Community College - Pālamanui campus.  Funds shall be used to assist the student with any expenses related to cost of attendance.  Click here for application.
 
Deadline: Extended to September 1, 2017
 
  

External Scholarship Opportunities

Hawaii Community FoundationHawaii Community Foundation
Hawaii Community Foundation's scholarship program consists of over 120 different scholarship funds established by generous individuals, businesses, and organizations to assist Hawaii residents in obtaining a college education.
Kamehameha Schools ScholarshipsKamehameha Schools/Ke Ali‛i Pauahi Foundation Scholarship Opportunities
Kamehameha Schools/Ke Ali‛i Pauahi Foundation scholarship opportunities are for students that are pursuing a certificate, undergraduate or graduate degree. Preference is given to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry.
HEA ScholarshipsScholarships of the Hawaii Education Association
Each year HEA awards scholarships to individuals (or their dependents) who have been members of HEA for a full year or longer. The deadline for applications is usually in March or early April.
Abbot & Fenner Scholarship Program
Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing their efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed.
Alu Like–Hana Lima Scholarship
This scholarship provides financial assistance to students participating in a vocational or technical education program for occupations that can provide a "living wage."
 University of Hawaii Federal Credit Union (UHFCU) Scholarship Program
$10,000 in scholarships for five deserving students We're excited to announce the advent of the UHFCU Scholarship Program! As the University's credit union, our scholarship endowment will create a lasting legacy – potentially benefiting generations of students as well as the UH System we serve. In 2016, we will grant a total of $10,000 in scholarships to five deserving students.

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Complete the Application and Return to the Appropriate Organization
Follow all directions and submit all documents on time! Know what needs to be sent (i.e. application, personal statement, letters of recommendation, transcripts).

  • A personal statement introduces you as someone who is deserving of the scholarship that will be awarded. Please visit Scholarship Help for more assistance.
  • A scholarship essay usually addresses any specific question that might require research, reading a novel and answering a question or have you talking about yourself in some broad or narrowly defined way.
  • Letters of Recommendation show that people in your life respect your skills and accomplishments and that they are willing to say so in writing and sign their names. People to request this from are teachers, athletic coaches, club advisors, supervisors/employers and religious leaders. Don't forget to thank those who wrote for you.

Be prepared
Some scholarship programs will interview the top applicants. Be prepared to talk about yourself and what you can contribute to the community and how the scholarship will help you in your educational and career goals.

Notification of Awards
If you are notified that you are the recipient of a scholarship, send a Thank You letter to the organization, foundation or business.  

If you are a recipient of a Hawaii Community College scholarship, please visit the University of Hawaii Foundation website at www.uhfoundation.org/thanking-your-scholarship-donor for information on where to send your Thank You letter.

Stay on top of things by periodically checking the scholarship search sites and links.

WARNING! Many high schools and colleges provide a scholarship search service free or at low cost. However, be aware that there are offers that may resort to fraudulent and deceptive practices. Visit this Federal Trade Commission link on Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams for more information.  

Oceanic Time Warner Cable Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship assistance to students pursuing a degree in a vocational and/or technology-education discipline at Hawai‘i Community College.  Funds shall be used to assist with any expenses related to cost of attendance (e.g. tuition, books, fees, etc.). Click here for application.
 
Deadline: Extended