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Nā Ho‘okama a Pauahi

A scholarship to nurture the dreams of Native Hawaiian learners to grow as ‘ōiwi leaders. Nā 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.


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.

Renewal students

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.

How to apply

One application for everything. To apply for any of the scholarships listed above, follow these steps:

Complete the CSS Profile

Deadline date to submit a CSS Profile is Jan. 15, 2021.

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

  • Provide your 2019 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)

Submit KS Net Partner forms

Deadline date to submit Net Partner forms is Jan. 29, 2021.

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.).

Submit required documents

Deadline date to submit required documents to IDOC is Jan. 29, 2021.

Please submit copies of the following financial documents to IDOC:

  • Signed 2019 federal tax return
  • All tax schedules
  • All 2019 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 2019 1099 Forms


Please submit the following documents to KS Outreach Support Services, if applicable:

  • Court documents (Ward of Court or Legal Adoption)
  • (Optional) 2021-2022 Authorization for Release of Information
  • If not required to file taxes in 2019, a KS Means of Support form is required


KS college scholarships

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 2020-2021 school year and
  2. Will pursue the same degree program in the 2021-2022 school year and
  3. Are living outside of the State of Hawai‘i,

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.

Non-traditional guidelines

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 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:

  • 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 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
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



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.


Nā Ho‘okama a Pauahi

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:



In addition to the above requirements, students must intend to enroll in a campus-based program at the Arizona State University. Applicants should indicate their intent to enroll on their application.

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