Follow the steps below to access over 140 scholarship opportunities.
Before starting your application, please review our program eligibility and requirements as well as other important information about our scholarship program.
Register and create your Pauahi Foundation scholarship application profile.
Activate your profile by clicking on the link provided in the verification email.
Complete and submit your online application and all required or supplemental documents before our program deadline date and time.
The application window for Pauahi Foundation’s scholarship application program for 2021-2022 is now closed. Updated information for the 2022-2023 program will be posted in the fall of 2021.
The Pauahi Foundation administers scholarships that have been created by private donors. The Foundation awards scholarships supporting college level areas of study, as well as trade and vocational courses. Many awards may be determined based on merit, while some are restricted for those students who demonstrate a financial need or for students applying from specific geographic regions.
Scholarships are available to the general public, including students who are not graduates of Kamehameha Schools. However, it is the policy of the Foundation to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.
See more information about our program, including award selection and notification, terms and conditions, and verification services.
To be considered for our scholarships program, applicants must meet our general eligibility requirements as outlined below. Note: Individual scholarship funds may require the applicant to meet other conditions. Please review our scholarships listing for specific requisites.
Applicant must be:
Applicants must submit the following required documents no later than our program deadline date and time:
Common questions about the personal statement essays:
Additional essays may be required by your selected scholarship fund. Please review the scholarships listing for prompts.
Yes, there is and you may want to consider applying for both.
Pauahi Foundation scholarships are funded by private donors and are awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or donor specified criteria. Kamehameha Schools’ college scholarships are funded annually by the Kamehameha endowment through the Kamehameha budgeting process, which is separate from the Foundation’s funds.
Please see the Kamehameha Schools college scholarship page for more information on their application process and requirements.
It depends upon which scholarship you received.
The Foundation has several scholarships designated as “multi-year” scholarships in which you will receive funding for designated years provided you comply with requirements on an annual basis.
Other scholarships, which do not have the “multi-year” designation, are funds that do require an annual application submission.
Be sure that the email address you provide when registering is an email that you frequently check. If you do not receive an email from “firstname.lastname@example.org,” in your email inbox, please check your spam or junk folder.
You should also add Pauahi Foundation as a contact to avoid missing future emails from us as we frequently send important messages via email during the application window.
Please contact us at: email@example.com or (808) 534-8080 if you do not receive our email within 2-3 hours after registering.
Yes. Our online application portal has a security feature that causes the application to time out after 20 minutes of inactivity. We highly recommend that you review our scholarships listing and prepare your personal statements and essays ahead of time and copy/paste them into your application.
You may “save & continue” your application anytime before submission, but once you submit your application, you will be unable to return to make changes.
First, check that your institution is accredited by an organization recognized by KS. If your institution is accredited by one of the seven accrediting agencies listed, click on “Other” and type in your institution in the text box provided and include the institution’s location (city, state).
First, ensure that the document you are uploading is a PDF or JPG/JPEG file that does not exceed 5 MB.
Otherwise, a Pauahi Foundation scholarship team member has reviewed your document submission and has deemed it insufficient is requesting another document be submitted.
Log back into the online application portal, then click on Required Documents > Upload Document (or) Check Document Status for more information or to submit the correct document.
After completing and submitting your online application, you will receive a confirmation email from firstname.lastname@example.org. This confirmation email will include your 5-digit KAPF ID number and a list of all the scholarship funds you had selected.
You will need to include your KAPF ID number for correspondence with Pauahi Foundation staff.
Applicants may obtain their school transcript by contacting their school’s registrar’s office, or if applicable via their school’s online portal.
School transcripts can be issued directly to the student (unofficial, sealed envelope not required) or issued directly to Pauahi Foundation (official, sealed envelope required).
School transcripts typically display the following:
Official transcripts typically include other distinct markings such as: embossments, seals, watermarks, designated school official’s signature.
|If you are:||Transcript must show:|
A current high school senior
Final grade information and GPA for 7 semesters of completed high school work.
This includes: all semesters, Freshman through Junior years AND fall semester, Senior year.
Not-a-recent high school graduate
Have never attended college
Final grade information and GPA for completed high school work (Grades 9 through 12).
A current college student
Final grade information and GPA for each completed college term, including most recently completed fall term.
A college student matriculating to a higher degree program
Current college student transferring to a new institution
Final grade information and GPA for most recent completed college term.
Please allow sufficient time for delivery. Documents received after our program deadline will not be accepted.
Document upload via online application portal
Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded via our online portal (sealed envelope not necessary).
Ensure that complete grade information is included and you scan and upload all pages of the transcript. Document text must be clear and legible.
Once you have completed and submitted your Pauahi Foundation online application:
Only PDF and JPG/JPEG files, no more than 5 MB are accepted.
Allow 3 business days for processing before checking on the status
Secured email via third-party processor
Applicable for some colleges/universities.
Your official transcript can be sent directly from third-party processors such as eTranscripts, e-Scrip Safe, National Student Clearinghouse, Transcript Link, Parchment, Transcript Network, etc. and are made available as a secured, password protected downloadable PDF file.
Please instruct your school to email directly to: Pauahi Foundation, email@example.com
U.S. Postal Service
Official transcript must be in the school’s sealed/unopened envelope.
Our mailing address:
Pauahi Foundation — Scholarships
In-person or drop-off
Official transcript must be in the school’s sealed/unopened envelope.
Visit any of our KS Resource Center locations on O‘ahu.
Our Pauahi Foundation scholarships team has reviewed your submitted document and has determined that it is either incomplete (missing complete grade information) or the document is illegible or incorrect.
Please review our questions and answers in this school transcript section and submit the corrected document before our program deadline.
Your advocate will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org which will include instructions on how they can submit their letter of recommendation to us online.
We highly recommend that you notify your advocate first about your request and advise them to check their inbox, spam or junk folder for our email. Allow enough time for your advocate to submit their letter. LORs received after our program deadline will not be accepted.
The FAFSA is a form administered by the U.S. Department of Education. By the information you provide from tax forms, W-2s, other earned income, etc., third parties, such as college institutions are able to award college aid.
The Student Aid Report (SAR) summarizes all information you provided on your FAFSA. Your SAR will contain your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the number used in determining your eligibility for federal student aid and also the number the Foundation uses to determine financial need.
You should complete the FAFSA if you are applying for any of our scholarships with the criteria: “Demonstrate financial need.”
If you provided an email address when you submitted your FAFSA online, expect to receive an email from them within 3-5 business days. This email will contain a secure link so you can access and download your SAR. You may need to check your email’s spam or junk folder.
Make sure to download all pages of your SAR as a PDF file. This is the file you will need to send to Pauahi Foundation.
Log in to the online application portal. Then, go to: Applicant Dashboard > Required Documents > Upload Document
On the line item marked “SAR,” click “Choose File,” locate your SAR, then “Upload”
Our Pauahi Foundation scholarships team has reviewed your submitted document and has determined that it is either incomplete (not all pages of your SAR were uploaded), outdated (SAR must be for the 2021-22 academic year), illegible or an incorrect document was submitted.
Please review our questions and answers in this SAR section and submit the corrected document before our program deadline.
Please mail hard copies of of your portfolio to:
Pauahi Foundation — Scholarships
567 S. King. St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Awards are based on information provided from the applicant and according to the criteria set forth by the donors. A re-evaluation of the new information will be made and you will be notified of the decision.
You must contact Pauahi Foundation (email: email@example.com) as soon as possible if you have decided to change schools. Please be prepared to provide the acceptance letter from that school.
An email is sent to all applicants who clicked “SUBMIT” on the last section of the online application and are asked to log back into the Pauahi Foundation online application portal to review their award outcome (award or denial).
All funds awarded must be used for educational expenses such as tuition, fees and books during the designated program year.
I/We understand and agree that if all terms of this scholarship are not met for each term awarded, the scholarship will be terminated and I/we am/are not able to claim funding either in-part or as a whole.