A scholarship to nurture the dreams of Native Hawaiian learners to grow as ‘ōiwi leaders. Na Ho‘okama a Pauahi is available to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate financial need.
A scholarship for future educators, Ho‘okawowo is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a degree and career in Hawaiian culture-based education. Eligible students will be notified via email after a CSS Profile is received.
Eligible students who were disbursed for the 2020-2021 school year do not need to complete a CSS Profile. Eligible students will receive an email with directions to the simplified application process. Ensure we have your most current email address on file.
One application for everything. To apply for any of the scholarships listed above, follow these steps:
While filling out your CSS Profile application, you will need the following important information:
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:
*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.).
Please submit copies of the following financial documents to IDOC:
Please submit the following documents to KS Outreach Support Services, if applicable:
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:
You are considered a Hawai‘i resident and eligible for the 2021-2022 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:
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.
For the 2021-2022 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:
Qualified Hawai‘i institutions include:
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 table provides the number of years a student may receive KS funding by degree.
Maximum funding table
|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|
|Total graduate eligibility||NHAP + Imi|
Including, but not limited to:
|As specified by the university|
In addition to the above requirements, students must intend to pursue a career in Hawaiian culture-based education to be eligible for a Ho‘okawowo Scholarship. Eligibility will be determined after review of CSS Profile. Eligible students will receive an email with further instructions.
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: