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Attending college in Hawaii can be an exciting prospect for both Hawaiian residents and residents of the United States mainland. However, as with colleges in other states, pursuing a degree in Hawaii can be expensive. Aspiring college students employ many different methods of financing their education such as government loans, 529 savings plans, grants, and scholarships. Thankfully, there are several scholarships available for residents of Hawaii to study both inside and outside of the state, as well as scholarship options for non-Hawaiian residents who intend to study at a Hawaiian college or university. Below are the top 25 scholarships that can be used by residents of the state as well as by non-residents who seek to attend college in Hawaii.

1. Abrazos & Books-Rigo Chacon Reporter Scholarship


The Abrazos & Books-Rigo Chacon Reporter Scholarship is an annual award offered to both undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must attend college in the San Francisco-Northern California chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This includes residents of northern California, Reno, Nevada and all of Hawaii. In order to qualify for this $3000 non-renewable scholarship, students must have completed at least one academic year of television studies during undergraduate work. The scholarship committee choses a recipient based on the applicant's work as either a writer or a reporter.


Abrazos & Books-Rigo Chacon Reporter Scholarship
Rigo Chacon
P.O. Box 5966
San Jose, CA 95150
(408) 274-5810

2. AT&T- WGU Native American Scholarship Fund


The AT&T- WGU Native American Scholarship Fund was created by AT&T and Western Governors University in order to help Native Americans receive a college degree. Applicants must be a member or the spouse of a member of a Native American tribe or they must live in or work in Native American communities. Applicants must also live in Hawaii or one of 17 other states. There are 30 scholarships available in amounts up to $5000. Students must use the award towards a degree program at Western Governors University. The scholarship committee assesses the candidate's academic records and readiness for online study.


AT&T- WGU Native American Scholarship Fund
Western Governors University
4001 South 700 East
Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
(801) 274-3280

3. Aura E. Severinghaus Award


The Aura E. Severinghaus scholarship is given to a fourth year minority student at the Columbia University Medical Center College of Physicians and Surgeons. This $2000 scholarship is given to a student who has demonstrated remarkable academic achievement and leadership while also engaging in frequent community service. The student must also be nominated by the Office of Diversity at Columbia University's medical school.


Aura E. Severinghaus Award
1-141 Black Building, Unit 45
630 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10027
(212) 342-4790

4. California Community Service Scholarship Program

DEADLINE: January 15

The California Community Service Scholarship Program provides six or 12 week externship programs and $15,000 scholarships to minority students interested in practicing medicine. The awards are intended to provide opportunities to serve the medical community through research and practice. Applicants must be members of a minority group and interested in performing community service in California. Third and fourth year medical students are encouraged to apply. Awards are given based on financial need, academic performance, leadership history and an interest in community-based medical practice or research.


California Community Service Scholarship Program
National Medical Fellowships, Inc.
The Chancery Building
564 Market Street, Suite 209
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 397-2526

5. Clem Judd, Jr. Memorial Scholarship


The Clem Judd, Jr. Memorial Scholarship awards Hawaiian residents interested in hotel management. Applicants must be residents of Hawaii who can also provide proof of Hawaiian ancestry. This proof can be the birth certificate of a parent or grandparent who was born in Hawaii. They must be college juniors or seniors accepted into a hotel management program and must maintain a minimum 2.8 grade point average. The scholarship committee judges applications based on official transcript, letters of recommendation from college professors or deans, an essay outlining career goals, and an autobiography.


Clem Judd, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation
2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 1506
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 923-0407

6. Conrad N. Hilton Scholarship


The Conrad N. Hilton Scholarship is offered to residents of Hawaii who attend the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston in Texas. This scholarship is a two-year scholarship awarded to between 10 and 50 students. Applicants must be full-time students maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students in the College of Hotel and Restaurant Management are nominated for the award by the University of Houston.


Conrad N. Hilton Scholarship
Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
University of Houston
31 E Cullen Building
Houston,TX 77204-2010
(800) 797-4566

7. Cougar Freshman Academic Award

DEADLINE: August 1

The Cougar Freshman Academic Award is offered to first-time college freshmen attending Washington State University. Applicants must be residents of states other than Washington, including Hawaii. The scholarship amount varies from between $4000 and $9000 and can be renewed for three additional years. The final award level is dependent on high school grade point average and SAT or ACT scores. Those who apply to this scholarship are also considered for an additional 700 other scholarships offered by Washington State University.


Cougar Freshman Academic Award
Washington State University
Office of Admissions
370 Lighty Student Services Bldg.
PO Box 641067
Pullman, WA 99164-1067
(888) 468-6978

8. Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship (American Student)

DEADLINE: November 8

The Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship is offered to an American citizen attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The student must be planning on studying overseas in Japan. The scholarship includes a $30,000 award plus an annual $15,000 allowance for tuition, flight costs and cost of living. The applicant must be a postgraduate student. Applicants can be married or single and there is no age limit. The scholarship committee does not make the award decision based on race, religion or socio-economic status. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of United States history, geography, culture and current affairs. They must also be interested in learning more about Japanese culture.


Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship (American Student)
Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation
P.O. Box 1412
Honolulu, HI 96806-1412
(808) 524-4450

9. Edward Hastings Scholarship


The Edward Hastings Scholarship is a $1000 award offered to full time students at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa's School of Travel Industry Management. Multiple scholarships are awarded each year. These awards are merit-based awards and preference is given to Hawaiian residents who graduated from local high schools. Applicants must be interested in pursuing careers in the travel industry.


Edward Hastings Scholarship
School of Travel Industry Management
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2560 Campus Road
George Hall 346
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-8946

10. Ford Motor Company-American Indian College Scholarship


The Ford Motor Company-American Indian College Scholarship is offered to 10 students who identify as American Indians and are attending a tribal college. An additional five scholarships are offered to Native American students attending mainstream universities. Applicants must be majoring in math, engineering, education, environmental science, science or business. They must also maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to receive this $3,000 award. Students must be able to provide proof of tribal affiliation, a financial needs analysis form and college or high school transcripts.


Ford Motor Company-American Indian College Scholarship
8333 Greenwood Blvd.
Denver, Colorado 80221
(800) 776-3863

11. Fukunaga Scholarship Foundation


The Fukunaga Scholarship Foundation is offered to qualified students residing in Hawaii who desire to pursue a degree in business administration, accounting, economics, finance, international business or human resource management. The award is approximately $4,000 a year for four years. The Fukunaga Scholarship Foundation typically awards around 10 new scholarships every year. Students must have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.0 while remaining active in school activities and community service. Leadership ability, scholastic aptitude, financial need and personal attributes are all factors in determining which applicants are awarded a scholarship.


Fukunaga Scholarship Foundation
Scholarship Selection Committee
P.O. Box 2788
Honolulu, HI 96803
(808) 564-1386

12. Hawaii Accounting Education Foundation Scholarship

DEADLINE: March 18

The Hawaii Accounting Education Foundation Scholarship is awarded to college or graduate school students majoring in accounting. At least two semesters must have been completed at Hawaiian Pacific University. Applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPO. Up to $1,200 is offered each year to one student. Students must complete an application and demonstrate outstanding participation in extracurricular activities, volunteer work, HPU clubs, civic organizations or work experience. Two letters of recommendation must be submitted, with one being from a professor at Hawaiian Pacific University.


Hawaii Accounting Education Foundation Scholarship
Hawaii Pacific University Scholarship Office
1164 Bishop St., Suite 210E
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 566-2430

13. Hawaii Association of Broadcasters Scholarship

DEADLINE: April 30

The Hawaii Association of Broadcasters Scholarship is awarded to students interested in working in the broadcast industry in the state of Hawaii. Applicants may be high school seniors or college students with an minimum GPA of 2.5. Students must complete an application and submit it along with a letter of recommendation from a teacher. Applicants must also complete a personal interview with members of the Hawaii Broadcasters Scholarship Committee. Special consideration may be given to members of a Broadcast Internship Program.


Hawaii Association of Broadcasters Scholarship
Jamie Hartnett
Hawaii Association of Broadcasters, Inc.
P.O. Box 61562
Honolulu, HI 96839
(808) 599-1455

14. Hugh J. Andersen Memorial Scholarships

DEADLINE: October 17

The Hugh J. Andersen Memorial Scholarship is a need-based merit award offered to two students each year. The $2,500 scholarship is intended to go to an underrepresented minority medical student in the second, third or fourth year of study. Native Hawaiians and American-Indians attending Minnesota medical schools are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be able to demonstrate academic achievement, leadership skills, financial need and the potential for significant contributions to the medical field. Applicants must submit an official transcript, short essay, letter of recommendation by the medical school's dean and a curriculum vitae.


Hugh J. Andersen Memorial Scholarships
Cynthia Seay
National Medical Fellowships, Inc.
5 Hanover Square, 15th floor
New York, New York 10004
(212) 483-8880

15. Jack Millar Scholarship


The Jack Millar scholarship is offered to a full-time student enrolled at the University of Hawaii Maui Community College. Applicants must be majoring in the travel industry hotel/lodging management program and interested in pursuing a career in the travel industry field. Two students are chosen each year to receive the $1,000 award. Applicants must be able to demonstrate academic excellence and a history of strong leadership skills.


Jack Millar Scholarship
University of Hawai‘i Maui College
310 Ka‘ahumanu Ave.
Kahului, HI 96732
(800) 479-6692

16. Kamakia Scholarship

DEADLINE: March 18

Hawaii Pacific University's Kamakia Scholarship is awarded to non-traditional full-time students at the university. Applicants must be United States citizens and residents of the state of Hawaii. All applicants must be over the age of 30. In addition, they must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours at Hawaii Pacific University while maintaining a minimum grade point average of 3.0. The $1,000 scholarship is offered to students who demonstrate financial need, academic excellence and strong leadership skills.


Kamakia Scholarship
Hawaii Pacific University Scholarship Office
1164 Bishop St., Suite 210E
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 566-2430

17. Marley Irons Memorial Scholarship

DEADLINE: March 18

The Marley Irons Memorial Scholarship is offered by Hawaii Pacific University to full-time students in the college's nursing program. All applicants must have completed between 61 and 89 credit hours while maintaining a minimum grade point average of 3.25. Students must also be able to demonstrate financial need, a commitment to serving children and youth and a strong record of community service. The $1500 is awarded with preference to students planning on working in pediatrics or intensive care units. Applicants should be willing to provide official transcripts and letters of recommendation, in addition to an application and brief essay.


Marley Irons Memorial Scholarship
Hawaii Pacific University Scholarship Office
1164 Bishop St., Suite 210E
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 566-2430

18. MGMA Western Section Scholarships


The MGMA Western Section Scholarships are available to students residing in the western section of the Medical Group Management Association, also known as MGMA. The western section includes Hawaii. Applicants must be current MGMA members who are enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate program. Students must be interested in pursuing a career in medical practice management. Students who apply for the MGMA Western Section Scholarships will also be considered for all eligible scholarships offered by the ACMPE Scholarship Fund.


MGMA Western Section Scholarships
ACMPE Scholarship Fund Inc.
104 Inverness Terrace East
Englewood, CO 80112-5306
(877) 275-6462

19. Pacific Islands Institute Scholarship


The Pacific Islands Institute Scholarship is also known as the Diana W. Lockwood Memorial Scholarship. Diana W. Lockwood was the founder of the Pacific Islands Institute. The scholarship is awarded to a resident of the Pacific islands who attend the Pacific Islands Institute and intend to return to their home country following graduation. Applicants must be able to provide a letter of recommendation and transcripts with the application packet, as well as demonstrate academic achievement and leadership skills.


Pacific Islands Institute Scholarship
Pacific Islands Institute
3566 Harding Avenue, Suite 202
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
(808) 732-1999

20. R.W. "Bob" Holden Scholarship


The R.W. "Bob" Holden Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate dedication and leadership potential in a hotel management program. Applicants must maintain a 3.0 grade point average or higher and be a resident of Hawaii. In addition, they must also be college juniors or seniors. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must provide an official transcript, a letter of recommendation from a college professor or dean, an autobiography and an essay that outlines career goals.


R.W. "Bob" Holden Scholarship
Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association
2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 1506
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 923-0407

21. Sheldon "Shelly" Fay Videography Scholarship


The Sheldon "Shelly" Fay Videography Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students demonstrating excellence in the field of videography. Applicants must be undergraduate students who are attending college in Northern California, Hawaii or Reno, Nevada. Applicants must have completed at least one undergraduate year of television studies and have at least one year remaining in their undergraduate program. Students must submit an application form, a college transcript, a letter of recommendation from a dean or professor, a one page essay demonstrating work or academic experience in the television field, and a composite of at least three different pieces shot by the applicant.


Sheldon "Shelly" Fay Videography Scholarship
NATAS Office
4317 Camden Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94403-5007
(650) 341-7786

22. Sing For Your Scholarship

DEADLINE: January 31

The Sing for Your Scholarship program is offered by the International Vocal Ensemble at Hawaii Pacific University. Members of the college's International Vocal Ensemble receive a partial tuition waiver in exchange for participation in the ensemble. Each year, 25 to 30 students are recruited and audition for positions in the ensemble. Students are not music majors and instead are undergraduate or graduate students in programs other than fine arts. Students must attend a live audition and interview unless permission has been obtained to audition using SKYPE.


Sing For Your Scholarship
Hawai‘i Pacific University
International Vocal Ensemble Auditions
1060 Bishop Street, Penthouse 1
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 544-1127

23. Walter Lum Scholarship


The Walter Lum Scholarship is offered to undergraduate students at the University of Hawaii. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering through the university's College of Engineering. The Walter Lum Scholarship Endowment Fund awards up to two $3,000 scholarships each year. Preferences is given to ASCE Student Chapter members who have demonstrated financial need.


Walter Lum Scholarship
Roger Babcock
ASCE Hawaii Section Scholarship Committee Chair
Holmes Hall 383

24. Watumull Scholarship

DEADLINE: March 15

The Watumull Scholarship for the Study of India is intended to promote understanding of the nation of India. It is offered to University of Hawaii students who provide well-developed proposals regarding further study in India. Applicants must intend to study in India for at least two months in any academic area, including history, art, religion and politics.


Watumull Scholarship
1890 East-West Road
Moore Hall 416
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822
(808) 956-6345

25. William J. & Mary Jane E. Adams, Jr. Scholarship


ASME offers the William J. & Mary Jane E. Adams, Jr. Scholarship to a student member currently attending an accredited college or university in California, Hawaii or Nevada. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in product development and design to be eligible for this $3,500 award. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate financial need. In addition, all applicants must be enrolled in an ABET-accredited program.


William J. & Mary Jane E. Adams, Jr. Scholarship
Beth Lefever
2 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(800) 843-2763

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