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Apply for Pauahi Foundation scholarships

How to apply

Follow the steps below to access over 140 scholarship opportunities.

Review program eligibility

Before starting your application, please review our program eligibility and requirements as well as other important information about our scholarship program.

Register your profile

Register and create your Pauahi Foundation scholarship application profile.

  • Kamehameha Schools Class of 2022: You must register using your email address.
  • All others: Use an email address that you frequently access.
Activate your profile

Activate your profile by clicking on the link provided in the verification email. Check your Inbox, Junk or Spam folders and add Pauahi Foundation ( to your contact list.

Submit your application and required documents

Complete and submit your online application and all required or supplemental documents before our program deadline date and time.

Information regarding the application window for our 2022-23 academic year program will be posted during fall 2021. A link to begin the on-line application will be posted here on November 8, 2021 at 8:00 am (HST).

Important dates


Online application opens (8 a.m. HST)


Online application deadline (4:15 p.m. HST)


Award notification


Award disbursement begins

About our program

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.

General program eligibility

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:


Required documents

Applicants must submit the following required documents no later than our program deadline date and time:

Supplemental documents such as LORs, SARs and art portfolios, and additional essays are required only if it is outlined by the individual scholarship fund. See scholarships listing.

Learn how to get started with your application.

Scholarships listing and other helpful tools


*UPDATED for 2021-22*

Frequently asked questions

There are over 140 scholarship funds available to the public this year, with each fund varying in criteria and the number of awards distributed. Please download and review our Scholarships Listing.
No, not necessarily. A majority of our scholarships we offer are not restricted to Hawai‘i residents, however, there are scholarships that do require applicants to be Hawai‘i residents or require you to attend a college/university in Hawaiʻi. Please download and review our Scholarships listing.
Applications are open to the general public, however, it is the policy of the Pauahi Foundation to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. Please refer to the Ho‘oulu Verification Services section or go directly to their website.

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.

Yes, as long as you fulfill the eligibility requirements for all scholarships you apply for.

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 “,” 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: or (808) 534-8080 if you do not receive our email within 2-3 hours after registering.

Your username is typically the email address you registered with. If you’ve forgotten your password, please click on the “Forgot your password?” link on the Log-In page.
Yes. If you have previously applied for a scholarship with Pauahi Foundation, please register for a new user profile as your username and passphrase credentials from prior years have expired.

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).


No. Once your online application is submitted, you can not make any changes. Requests for changes must be submitted to before the program deadline (please include your KAPF ID number in your email).

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 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:

  • Student’s legal name and (if applicable) degree program information
  • Name of school
  • Course information (course names, dates taken)
  • Grades and weight of each grade and/or credits earned for each completed term
  • Total and/or cumulative GPA

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 (total and/or cumulative) for the first 6 semesters of completed high school work.

In other words: your final GPAs (total and/or cumulative) for your Freshman, Sophomore & Junior years.

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 (total and/or cumulative) for each completed college term.

In other words: your final GPAs (total and/or cumulative) for all completed terms through Spring 2021.

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.

Delivery method Instructions

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:

  • Go to Applicant Dashboard > Required Documents > Upload Document
  • On the line item marked “School Transcript,” click “Choose File,” locate your transcript, then “Upload”

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,

U.S. Postal Service

Official transcript must be in the school’s  sealed/unopened envelope.

Our mailing address:

Pauahi Foundation — Scholarships
567 S. King St.
Honolulu, HI 96813

In-person or drop-off

(O‘ahu only)

Official transcript must be in the school’s sealed/unopened envelope.

Visit any of our KS Resource Center locations on O‘ahu.

You may upload an unofficial transcript via our online application portal. A sealed envelope is not needed if you choose this delivery method.

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.

No. Request for LORs and receipt of LORs must be completed via our online application portal only. Letters received by email or mail will not be accepted.
  1. Log in to the online application portal. Then, go to: Applicant Dashboard > Step 2: Letters of Recommendation > Request LORs.
  2. Enter the first and last name of your advocate.
  3. Choose your advocate’s referral type (Educator, Employer or Community Leader)
  4. Enter your advocate’s email address.
  5. Click “Request LOR”

Your advocate will receive an email from 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.

No. Letters of recommendation from family members are not accepted. If a letter is found to be from a family member and you are awarded a scholarship, the scholarship will be rescinded and awarded to the next eligible ranked student.
The requirement of submitting letters of recommendation for select funds is set forth by the donors. If you are unable to find the specific type of writer, i.e. educator, community or employer, then you may have to evaluate your eligibility for the scholarship.
Yes, as long as it satisfies the specific type of recommendation required for each scholarship fund.

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.

No. We do not accept the “Print Summary” in lieu of the SAR.

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.

Art portfolios are required only if the scholarship fund you’ve chosen requires it. Please review our scholarships listing to determine which fund requires a portfolio.

Please mail hard copies of of your portfolio to:

Pauahi Foundation — Scholarships
567 S. King. St.
Honolulu, HI 96813

  • We do not accept any electronic or digital copies of artist portfolios (No: CD, DVD, URLs).
  • Instead of including your name on all pages of your portfolio, please use your KAPF ID number.
  • Allow sufficient time for delivery. Portfolios received after our program deadline will not be accepted.
  • Artist portfolios will not be returned.
Award checks are disbursed directly to your designated institution during the fall semester (August).

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: as soon as possible if you have decided to change schools. Please be prepared to provide the acceptance letter from that school.

No. If you are unable to utilize the funds for the academic year it is being awarded for, you will forfeit the award and the scholarship will be awarded to the next eligible ranked student.

You are required to request a copy of your official school transcript and send to the Pauahi Foundation at the end of each completed term, as outlined in the disbursement schedule that was provided to you upon award acceptance. The official transcript must show a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for undergraduates and vocational/technical students, or 3.0 for students at the graduate level or above. Official transcripts may be sent via email: or via US Postal Service: Pauahi Foundation - Scholarships, 567 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96813

See our terms & conditions for more information.*

  1. What career do you see yourself in 10-15 years and what life experience(s) has helped you realize this career goal?
  2. Provide the month/year of a community service opportunity you participated in or helped organize. Briefly describe the service and explain what kind of impact it has made on you and how it has helped you recognize your career/life goal.
  3. Give a short description of a challenging event you have personally experienced, then explain how you overcame it and grown from the experience.
  4. List your extracurricular activities, community service or volunteer work:
    • For current high school seniors:
      List by academic year (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior) all extracurricular activities including: on- and off-campus clubs or activities, sports, volunteer or community service. Include your role.
      Example: Freshman — Song leader, Glee Club; treasurer, student council; quarterback, JV football
    • For all others:
      List by year all community service or volunteer work that you participated in or coordinated within the last 5 years. Include organization name, number of hours & supervisor name.
      Example: Date — Organization name, number of hours, supervisor’s name.

Additional essays may be required by your selected scholarship fund. Please review the scholarships listing for prompts.

All personal statements and essays have a limitation of 3,000 characters, which is counted by each stroke on the keyboard: letters, numbers, punctuation and spaces. The counter at the bottom of the entry block indicates the number of characters you have remaining and will display a negative number if you are over the 3,000 character limit. In the event of an overage, you will need to edit your entry down to the 3,000 character limit.
Certain scholarship funds may require additional essays. Please check the scholarships listing for essay prompts unique to the fund.

Award selection and notification process

Selection process:
  1. Completed applications submitted by the program deadline date and time are reviewed according to specific fund criteria.
  2. Applications are sent to individual selection committees for review and scoring.
Notification process:

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).

Use of award:

All funds awarded must be used for educational expenses such as tuition, fees and books during the designated program year.

Awardee terms and conditions:
  • By using the Student Scholarship Electronic Agreement form to accept an award from the Pauahi Foundation, I consent to electronic transactions with Kamehameha Schools and the Pauahi Foundation generally and consent to electronically enroll myself in Kamehameha Schools and Pauahi Foundation as set out in this Agreement specifically. I understand I can withdraw this consent to electronic transactions at any time by so informing Pauahi Foundation in writing, and thereafter transactions with me will be conducted by paper. Withdrawing consent will not affect the validity of the Student Scholarship Electronic Agreement or any other transactions conducted electronically prior to my withdrawal of consent to electronic transactions.
  • The intent and purpose of this scholarship is to assist with my (the student’s) educational needs.
  • I/We understand that funding from this scholarship is to be used for educational costs such as tuition, fees, and books.
  • I/We acknowledge that I/we am/are responsible for informing the Financial Aid Office at my (the student’s) college/university of any award that I/we receive from the Pauahi Foundation.
  • The award offer is only valid for the school years stated
  • I/We may not defer this award and understand that the funds awarded are only valid for the academic year stated above and will not be held for me should I choose not to enroll in a post-high institution. I also understand the funds may not be held by the post-high institution for future use should I choose to defer my enrollment for the academic year stated above.
  • I am/will be attending an institution in Hawai‘i or the continental U.S.
  • I/We authorize Pauahi Foundation to release information regarding my (the students) scholarship to my school and the media and hereby release any rights I have to photographs, video recordings and/or audio recordings and I acknowledge that the Foundation is the owner and copyright holder of them. I also consent to the Foundation using the photographs, video recordings and/or audio recordings in any manner for any purpose deemed appropriate by the Foundation including but not limited to video productions, broadcasts, advertising, brochures, calendars, newsletters, books (including e-books), internal webpages, email and any other computer readable formats, video or audio segments of any nature by any means, and in all other media and publications now known or hereafter to become known.
  • Any change in institution will require a review of scholarship criteria and a new college acceptance letter in order for funds to be disbursed.
  • 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.
  • I/We understand that I (the student) must maintain full-time status at the institution I am attending.
  • I (the student) agree to submit a mahalo message, as instructed by the Advancement Office, expressing my appreciation to the scholarship donor(s) by the deadline date.
  • 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.
  • Funds are available for the years communicated or until degree is obtained, whichever is reached first. If the student graduates after the first year, the remaining award will not be paid.
  • I/We may not defer any part of this award if I am unable to enroll/attend school for any particular year.
  • I (the student) will maintain at a minimum, a 2.0 GPA at the undergraduate or vocational/technical level; or a 3.0 GPA at the graduate level and above.
  • I (the student) will provide an official transcript at the end of each year of award.

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.

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