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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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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:
  2. Follow instructions on the webpage to create an account and log in to apply.
  3. Application Deadline is March 1.



HCF webpage

Hawaii 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.
KS webpage

Kamehameha 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 webpage

Scholarships 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.
Alu Like webpage

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.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship

This scholarship for women is provided by the Hilo Branch of the American Association of University Women and is open to any full-time, in-state resident female attending HawaiiCC with a 3.0+ GPA. Deadline to submit application is March 1st. For More Information Please Visit:

Searching for Scholarship Opportunities

Use the Scholarship Guide [PDF] for further help.
Suggested Search Engines and Links

UH Foundation Scholarship Search

More Scholarship Tips & Tricks

PDF Document  How Scholarships Affect Financial Aid

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 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.