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How to apply

One application for everything. The CSS Profile application is the single-entry point to all the available 2022-2023 KS college scholarship opportunities. Your application will be reviewed and based on your responses you may be eligible for one or more of the KS college scholarships.

If you have accepted a KS college scholarship award for the 2021-2022 school year, you may not need to complete the CSS Profile. You will be emailed instructions on how to complete the simplified application process. Find out if you are a renewal student.


1
Complete the CSS Profile

While filling out your CSS Profile application, you will need the following important information:

  • Provide your 2020 tax information
  • Enter Kamehameha Schools’ CSS Code “0274”. The KS CSS code directs College Board to send your application to KS. KS will not receive your application if CSS school code “0274” is not entered.
  • Pay the CSS application fee of $25. The following payment methods are accepted:
    • Credit cards, debit cards or personal checks
    • College Board Fee Waiver
    • CSS Fee Payment Code (KS Fee Waiver)

Note: If you completed your CSS Profile application and did not receive an acknowledgement letter within seven days of your submission, please contact us, and we will follow up with College Board.


2
Submit KS Net Partner forms

The deadline to submit Net Partner forms is Jan. 28, 2022.

Once your CSS Profile is received by KS, you will receive an email with your Student Web ID to access KS Net Partner. Please allow 1-3 days after you submit your CSS Profile to receive our email.

Once you have access to KS Net Partner, you will be able to do the following:

  1. Submit your KS Certification Statement, KS Affirmation Statement, and short answer*.
  2. Review the status of your required documents.
  3. View important messages from our office.

*Short answer: Use no more than 750 characters — not words! — for your short answer. That’s about 350 words. Tell us how you have and will contribute to your family, community, and/or the lāhui. Please describe specific details of the contributions you have made and intend to make in the future (e.g. length of time committed to helping others, tasks performed, etc.).


3
Submit required documents

The deadline to submit required documents to IDOC is Jan. 28, 2022.

Please submit copies of the following financial documents to IDOC:

  • Signed 2020 federal tax return
  • All tax schedules
  • All 2020 employer-issued W2 statements
    Important! The total amount of wages reported on your federal tax return should equal the total amount of employer-issued W2 statements
  • All 2020 1099 Forms

 

If applicable, please submit the following documents to KS Outreach Support Services:

  • Court documents (Ward of Court or Legal Adoption)
  • (Optional) 2022-2023 Authorization for Release of Information
  • If not required to file taxes in 2020, a KS Means of Support form is required

Important information

Applicants are required to be a Hawai‘i resident at the time of application submission. A Hawai‘i resident is defined as living continuously in the state of Hawai‘i for at least twelve (12) consecutive months prior to the date of application.

For returning scholarship recipients who:

  1. Received an award disbursement in the 2021-2022 school year and
  2. Will pursue the same degree program in the 2022-2023 school year and
  3. Are living outside of the State of Hawai‘i,

You are considered a Hawai‘i resident and eligible for the 2022-2023 application period.

Enrollment in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program is required, however, non-traditional students enrolled half-time at a Hawai‘i institution may be considered.

A non-traditional student is defined as one of the following:

  • Single parent
  • Sole income provider
  • Disabled (meets ADA definition)
  • Homeless
  • Ward of the Court

Supporting documentation must be provided to KS during application processing to be given this special consideration. View the guidelines and required documents for non-traditional students.

Enrollment in a classified, degree-seeking program or a post-baccalaureate teaching certificate program is required. All other certificate programs are not eligible for funding. Applicants must also be attending an accredited educational institution in the United States that is recognized by KS.

Qualified schools

For the 2022-2023 school year, new applicants pursuing an associate’s degree must attend a Hawai‘i school to be considered eligible. Community colleges in the continental United States are not eligible for funding. Renewal applicants attending a continental United States community college will be eligible until graduation or maximum years of funding is reached, whichever comes first.

KS college scholarships are available to students enrolled at educational institutions accredited by the following regional accrediting organizations:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools — Commission on Higher Education
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges — Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges — Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges — Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Qualified Hawai‘i institutions include:

  • Argosy University
  • Brigham Young University, Hawai‘i campus
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Hawai‘i campus
  • Hawai‘i Pacific University
  • Hawai‘i Tokai International College
  • New Hope Christian College (Eugene, OR)
  • University of Hawai‘i campuses and affiliated community colleges
  • University of Phoenix
  • Wayland Baptist University, Hawai‘i campus
  • Pacific Rim Christian University, Hawai‘i campus

Financial need is determined by cost of attendance less estimated family contribution.

The number of years a student is eligible for an award is limited and is based upon the degree the student is pursuing. When determining the number of years a student has received funding from KS, both college scholarships and ‘Imi Na‘auao scholarships are included in the calculation. The following maximum funding table provides the number of years a student may receive KS funding by degree:

Degree Maximum funding eligibility
Associate (AA or AS) 2 years
Bachelors (BA or BS) 4 years
Total undergraduate eligibility 4 years (Associate + Bachelor years combined)
Teaching certificate (TC) 2 years
Masters (MA, MS, MBA) 3 years
Doctoral 2 years
Total graduate eligibility NHAP + Imi
Professional degrees including, but not limited to:
  • Chiropractic (D.C., D.C.M.)
  • Dentistry (D.D.S., D.M.D.)
  • Law (LL.B., J.D.)
  • Medicine (M.B., M.D.)
  • Optometry (O.D.)
  • Osteopathic medicine (D.O.)
  • Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
  • Podiatry (D.P.M., D.P., Pod.D.)
  • Theology (M.Div, M.H.L., B.D., Ordination)
  • Veterinary medicine (D.V.M., V.M.D.)
As specified by the university

Complete one application (CSS Profile) to be considered for multiple scholarship opportunities:

Nā Ho‘okama a Pauahi

A scholarship to nurture the dreams of Native Hawaiian learners to grow as ‘ōiwi leaders. NHAP is available to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate financial need. There are no additional eligibility requirements to be considered eligible for application review. However, as we review applications for awarding, primary factors of consideration for an award will include:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • School choice — Preference will be given to students who enroll at a school that has proven track record of high graduation rates (of 50% or more). Awards may decrease if the choice of school changes.
  • Short answer response

Ho‘okawowo

In addition to the eligibility requirements, students must intend to pursue a career in Hawaiian culture-based education to be considered for a Ho‘okawowo scholarship. Eligibility will be determined after review of CSS Profile. Eligible students will receive an email with further instructions.

See: Ho‘okawowo school listing

Mauō

Commit your future to preserving and protecting our planet. Kamehameha Schools and Arizona State University are working together to offer undergraduate scholarship opportunities to attend ASU’s School of Sustainability and other campus -based programs.

Kūlana Kumu Scholarship

A scholarship for those pursuing a bachelor or master’s degree in education, Hawaiian Studies or Hawaiian language, or a teaching certificate and will be enrolled at one of the following institutions: the University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa or the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Renewal students are those who have accepted a KS College Scholarship award for the 2021-2022 school year and meet other requirements as outlined in our program eligibility. Renewal students may not need to complete another CSS Profile for the 2022-2023 school year but will be emailed instructions on how to complete the simplified application process.

Frequently asked questions

A. KS wants to reduce some of the stress and time involved with reapplying for a scholarship each year.
A. Your award amount will be re-evaluated based on the cost of attendance at your new school. Your next steps will be communicated to you once we receive and review your Renewal Questionnaire responses. Additional information and/or documentation may be requested.
A. No. You will be considered a “new” applicant because you will be entering a new degree program. Your next steps will be communicated to you once we receive and review your Renewal Questionnaire responses.
A. If you are changing degree mid-year (e.g. bachelor’s during the fall semester and master’s during the spring semester), you will be considered as a “renewal” applicant during the fall semester and “new” applicant during the spring semester. Therefore, your fall award will be based on the simplified application process and your spring award will be reevaluated. Your next steps will be communicated to you once we receive and review your Renewal Questionnaire responses. Additional information and/or documentation may be requested.
A. Enrollment in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program is required. However, non-traditional students enrolled half-time at a Hawai‘i institution may be considered. If you were considered a non-traditional in prior year, your eligibility for 2022-2023 will be re-evaluated. Your next steps will be communicated to you once we receive and review your Renewal Questionnaire responses. Additional information and/or documentation may be requested.
A. No. You did not meet one of the conditions for the simplified application process. You are required to complete and submit a CSS Profile through College Board.
A. You can indicate any change of circumstance on the Net Partner Student Portal Renewal Questionnaire. Depending on the situation, we may request additional information and/or documentation.
  1. Tax forms
    • 2020 Tax forms for both parents or student and student spouse/significant other
    • 2020 W-2
  2. KS Net Partner Student Portal
    • Affirmation Statement
    • Certification Statement
    • Short Answer
  3. Other required documents requested or listed in NPSP

Important dates


1Oct

Application opens

14Jan

Application deadline

Apr
2022

Award notifications

Aug
2022

Award distribution starts

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Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for 2021-2022 Kamehameha Schools college scholarships (Download PDF)

  • Recipient must meet all eligibility requirements each year. Only completed applications submitted by the deadline will be considered.
  • Recipients who received a disbursement in the academic year prior to application period may be eligible for the simplified renewal of award process and may not need to submit a CSS Profile. Eligibility for this simplified process will be determined by KS annually.
  • The award is made annually based on factors which may include: financial need, short answer score and KS recognized full-time enrollment costs of the awarded post-high institution.
  • The award is non-transferable to another recipient or academic year.
  • Kamehameha Schools (KS) may request the submission of a completed IRS form 4506-T Request for Transcript of Tax Form as determined to verify applicant’s financial data.
  • Recipient 18 years of age or older must complete an Authorization for Release of Information (ARI) form to allow KS to release information to designated parties (ex: parents or family members). KS will not release information to any person other than the recipient without a completed ARI form. The ARI form is available on the Financial Aid & Scholarship Services website.
  • KS reserves the right to share data with the recipient’s intended school and KS partners to confirm recipient meets award eligibility requirements.
  • Award amount and Terms and Conditions may change from year-to-year and the amount is subject to the availability of funds. The award amount may be adjusted if KS receives information after the initial award that affects award determination or calculation. Examples of information may include, but is not limited to, a change in the recipient’s current program, change in post-high institution, change in enrollment, etc.
  • Failure to meet the Terms and Conditions as stated may cause the recipient to be disqualified for consideration under the program in subsequent years.
  • Preference is given to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.
  • Any lawsuit or claim against KS must be brought exclusively in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai‘i or in the state courts of the State of Hawai‘i. Any federal claims shall be governed exclusively by the federal law applied by the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai‘i, and any state law claims shall be governed exclusively by the laws of the State of Hawai‘i, without reference to its conflict of law rules.
  • Award amount must be used for educational purposes only.
  • Disbursement check(s) are made payable to the post-high institution and are mailed directly to the post-high institution’s Financial Aid Office once all disbursement requirements are met (i.e. college acceptance letter or verification of degree/program)
  • Full time enrollment (part-time for eligible non-traditional students) verification is a condition of the disbursement.
  • Unclaimed disbursement checks returned by the post-high institution will not be re-issued unless appropriate and timely documentation (as determined by KS) is received.
  • KS post high scholarship recipients who were awarded prior to award year 2019-2020 and have not submitted their required Community Service (CS) activities will have their 2021-2022 college scholarship awards suspended until all CS requirements are submitted through a Community Service Report form.
  • Disbursements of award are made in two increments per year, with exception to community colleges in the University of Hawaii System. The award disbursements may be applied to the student’s college or university account based on the college or university’s academic calendar at the post-high institution’s discretion.
    Disbursement schedule — All schools (except UH Community Colleges)
    Disbursement #1 Disbursement #2
    1st half of award 2nd half of award
    Starts July 2021 Starts November 2021
  • Disbursements to community colleges in the University of Hawaii System are made in two increments per semester for a total of 4 disbursements during the academic year as follows:
    Disbursement Schedule — UH Community Colleges
    Fall 1 Fall 2 Spring 1 Spring 2
    1st half of fall award 2nd half of fall award 1st half of spring award 2nd half of spring award
    Starts July 2021 Starts October 2021 Starts November 2021 Starts March 2022
  • Disbursements are made upon completion of all requirements. Actual award disbursement date may vary. In the event the recipient’s school requires immediate payment, the recipient is responsibility to handle financial obligations directly with the school.
  • Recipient may receive funding from only one KS-funded program during an award year. (Exception: An award recipient may receive additional scholarship funding from KS as determined by the KS scholarship program only. Refer to section 2. Scholarship-Specific Information for details.)
  • Recipient must notify KS immediately if he/she has been awarded any other scholarship assistance from a KS-funded program for the 2021-2022 award year. Examples include, but are not limited to, Chaminade University of Honolulu’s Hoʻoulu Scholarship and the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s Kahuawaiola program. Failure to notify KS may result in repayment, suspension and/or termination of awards.
  • KS may cancel or decrease award based on other scholarship assistance that covers student’s educational costs, e.g., tuition, fees, books, housing.
  • KS will review total KS funds awarded and determine eligibility for award and/or disbursement.
  • KS reserves the right to request repayment of awarded funds or cancel/suspend awards if KS determines that the recipient has not met the Terms and Conditions of the award, has provided fraudulent information, or if KS receives information after initial awarding that affects award determination or calculation.
  • Repayment must be made in full before any additional funds will be disbursed for this academic year or any subsequent years.
  • Recipient may receive KS financial assistance only if he/she does not exceed the maximum years of funding allowed to complete his/her desired degree and/or scholarship term (Refer to the Scholarship-Specific Information section for terms on each scholarship programs’ maximum years of funding). If the recipient receives funding from a KS post-high scholarship program in excess of the number of years, the award may be cancelled or rescinded. Any disbursement for a school year, regardless of number of terms, credits or dollar amount, will be considered one year for maximum funding eligibility purposes.
    Degree Maximum funding eligibility
    Associates’ (AA or AS) 2 years
    Bachelors’ (BA or BS) 4 years
    Total undergraduate eligibility Up to 4 years
    Teaching Certificate (TC) 2 years
    Master’s (MA, MS, MBA) 3 years
    Doctoral 2 years
    Professional degrees (ex: (MD, JD, D. Arch DC, DDS, OD, PharmD) As specified by the university
  • Maximum years of funding will not be extended for non-progressive degree programs. If student previously obtained a degree with KS funding, we will combine the years previously funded by KS and the current degree when considering maximum eligibility term, i.e. a student who previously obtained a bachelor’s degree and is now seeking an associates or 2nd bachelor’s will be subject to a total eligibility of 2 years for associates degree or 4 years for a bachelor’s (current degree max) of KS funding.
  • Recipient must provide up-to-date contact information (e.g., address, phone number(s), e-mail address, etc.) to KS. Send written updates within 30 days of noted change.
  • Mail or email updates to:
    • Email address: ksrc@ksbe.edu
    • Mailing address:
      Kamehameha Schools
      O’ahu Resource Center
      567 S. King Street, Suite 102
      Honolulu, HI 96813

 

Scholarship-specific information

A. Use of funds

  • KS will terminate funding for recipients who are enrolled part-time, other than those students who are non-traditional as defined by KS and attending a Hawaii institution. A KS eligible non-traditional student may enroll in an online program at an institution in the U.S., however, the student must physically reside in Hawaii. In extenuating circumstances (e.g., hospitalization, jury duty, military obligations, etc.), traditional students who are enrolled part-time may continue to receive funding on an individual case basis.
  • Thesis and dissertation writings are not covered by this KS scholarship program but may be evaluated on an individual case basis.
  • Practicums that are part of the academic curriculum and a requirement for graduation are covered by this KS scholarship program. Practicums necessary to achieve professional licensing are not covered by this KS scholarship program.

B. Other scholarship assistance

  • Recipient may receive funding from only one KS funded program during an award year. (Exception: An award recipient may receive additional KS scholarship funding from Imua, Mauō, or Pauahi Foundation scholarships in addition to the Nā Ho‘okama a Pauahi Scholarship.)

C. Recipient support services

  • KS Post-High Counselors are available to support you.
  • Contact information:
  • Phone: (808) 534-8080 or toll free at 1 (800) 842-4682, ext 48080
  • Email: ksrc@ksbe.edu

A. Use of funds

  • Recipient must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree at one of the following institutions: the University of Hawaii at West Oahu; University of Hawaii at Manoa; University of Hawaii at Hilo; University of Hawaii Maui College or in the 4 year track program with Leeward Community College and the University of Hawaii West Oahu.
  • KS will terminate funding for recipients who are enrolled part-time, other than those students who are non-traditional as defined by KS and attending a Hawaii institution. In extenuating circumstances (e.g., hospitalization, jury duty, military obligations, etc.), traditional students who are enrolled part-time may continue to receive funding on an individual case basis.

B. Award disbursements

  • Full time enrollment (part-time for eligible non-traditional students) verification is a condition of the disbursement.

C. Other scholarship assistance

  • Recipient may receive funding from only one KS funded program during an award year. (Exception: An award recipient may receive additional KS scholarship funding from NHAP or Pauahi Foundation scholarships in addition to the Imua Scholarship.)

D. Maximum years of funding

  • The Imua Scholarship award is limited to a specified period of time of four (4) consecutive academic years.

A. Use of funds

  • Recipient must be pursuing a master’s, bachelor’s degree or a teaching certificate.
  • KS will terminate funding for recipients who are enrolled part-time, other than those students who are non-traditional as defined by KS and attending a Hawai‘i institution. A KS eligible non-traditional student may enroll in an online program at an institution in the U.S., however, the student must physically reside in Hawai‘i. In extenuating circumstances (e.g., hospitalization, jury duty, military obligations, etc.), traditional students who are enrolled part-time may continue to receive funding on an individual case basis.

B. Award disbursements

  • Full time enrollment (part-time for eligible non-traditional students) verification is a condition of the disbursement.

C. Other scholarship assistance

  • Recipient may receive funding from only one KS funded program during an award year. (Exception: An award recipient may receive additional KS scholarship funding from Pauahi Foundation scholarships in addition to the Ho‘okawowo Scholarship.)

D. Maximum years of funding

  • The Ho‘okawowo scholarship is limited to a specified period of time of three (3) academic years.

A. Use of funds

  • Recipient must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the Arizona State University (ASU).
  • Recipient must be attending a campus-based degree program. ASU’s online degree programs are not eligible for the Mauō scholarship.
  • KS will terminate funding for recipients who are enrolled part-time.
  • Consideration for non-traditional students who are enrolled part-time and/or for other extenuating circumstances do not apply to the Mauō Scholarship. Page 5 of 6 Document No. 113AB

B. Award disbursements

  • Full time enrollment verification is a condition of the disbursement.

C. Other scholarship assistance

  • Recipient may receive funding from only one KS funded program during an award year. (Exception: An award recipient may receive additional KS scholarship funding from NHAP or Pauahi Foundation scholarships in addition to the Mauō Scholarship.)

D. Maximum years of funding

  • The Mauō scholarship is limited to a specified period of time of four (4) consecutive academic years.

A. Use of funds

  • Recipient must be pursuing a Master’s, Bachelor’s degree or a Teaching Certificate at one of the following institutions: the University of Hawaii at West Oahu; University of Hawaii at Manoa; University of Hawaii at Hilo.
  • Recipient must be enrolled in an Education, Hawaiian Studies, or Hawaiian Language major.
  • KS will terminate funding for recipients who are enrolled part-time, other than those students who are non-traditional as defined by KS and attending a Hawaii institution. A KS eligible non-traditional student may enroll in an online program at an institution in the U.S., however, the student must physically reside in Hawaii. In extenuating circumstances (e.g., Page 6 of 6 Document No. 113AB hospitalization, jury duty, military obligations, etc.), traditional students who are enrolled part-time may continue to receive funding on an individual case basis.

B. Award disbursements

  • Full time enrollment (part-time for eligible non-traditional students) verification is a condition of the disbursement.

C. Other scholarship assistance

  • Recipient may receive funding from only one KS funded program during an award year.

D. Maximum years of funding

  • The Kūlana Kumu scholarship is limited to a specified period of time of three (3) academic yearsupdate with T&C pdf information

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Phone:
(808) 534-8080 or 1-800-842-IMUA and press 3 (Neighbor Island/Continental U.S.)

Email:
ksrc@ksbe.edu

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Honolulu, HI 96817
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KS Maui

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