Financial Assistance

Applicants who are in need of financial assistance should seek it simultaneously from as many different sources as possible. This would include, but should not be limited to, the various forms of financial aid available through the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Financial Aid Services office and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work.

The best and most comprehensive forms of financial aid are often found through other public and private sources.

Although the school makes every effort to distribute information about additional resources based on notices received, students and applicants should not rely upon this as their primary source of information.

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work does not offer any graduate teaching positions at this time.


UHM Financial Aid Services

The UHM Financial Aid Services office administers the University student assistance program, which includes scholarships, grants, and loans. More information and application forms can be obtained by writing to Financial Aid Services, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services 112, 2600 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822.

University of Hawaii Foundation - University of Hawaii System Scholarship Search Site. Search for scholarships by name (keyword) or UH campus/Unit/Department.


Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Administered Financial Aid

Applications for Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work administered financial aid are made through a common application form, available at the SSW Admissions Office and also provided in application packets. To ensure consideration for financial aid, the school's application form and all other application material must be received by February l .

Graduate Division Manoa Achievement Scholarship are available for a limited number of full-time graduate students who are in good academic standing. The waivers cover tuition costs incurred by the awardee, excluding fees, and are normally awarded for one academic year, contingent upon continued eligibility.

The Sentaro and Laurel T. T. Kaneda Endowed Scholarship provides financial assistance for classified Ph.D. students (full or part-time) in Social Welfare who intend to practice in the field of social work in Hawaiʻi for at least two years following attainment of the Ph.D. degree. In addition to the school's financial aid form, applicants must also submit a statement describing interests and intent to practice, as well as a curriculum vitae.

The Richard S. and T. Rose Takasaki Endowed Scholarship provides financial assistance for classified Ph.D. students (full or part-time) in Social Welfare who intend to practice in the field of social work in Hawaiʻi for at least two years following attainment of the Ph.D. degree, with preference given to candidates with a focus on social policy. In addition to the school's financial aid form, applicants must also submit a statement describing interest and intent to practice, as well as a curriculum vitae.

The Daniel Selvarajah Sanders Doctoral Award provides financial assistance for classified Ph.D. students in Social Welfare whose interest and academic record reflect a focus on international social work, world peace, human rights, social justice, and the study of social welfare or social work issue from a global perspective. In addition to the school's financial aid form, applicants must also submit a statement describing interest in the specified area, as well as a curriculum vitae. The award recipient is expected to develop a dissertation relevant to the professional interests of Dr. Sanders.

The Hoa Hana Scholarship provides financial assistance for students commuting from neighbor islands to complete their education at UH Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. Applicants must be full-time, degree candidates who currently reside on a neighbor island and express, in writing, an intenetion to practice in the field of social work on a neighbor island, once they have graduated. In addition to the financial aid application form, applicants must submit a short one-page narrative that addresses the manner in which they meet the eligibility requirements for the award, as well as proof of residency on a neighbor island.

The Sally Kanehe Lampson Endowed Scholarship provides merit-based scholarships to assist graduate students at the UH Manoa School of Social Work. The scholarship was established in recognition of the pervasive social problems which result from colonialism and culturally repressive forces in Hawai’i and the Pacific region. It is hoped that research supported by this fund will encourage the exploration of effective and culturally sensitive social services to address these problems.

Other Sources of Financial Aid

The Hawaiʻi Community Foundation administers a number of scholarship funds that are primarily available to residents of Hawaiʻi. More information on each of the scholarship funds and application forms can be obtained by writing to SCHOLARSHIPS, Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, 1164 Bishop ST. Suite 800, Honolulu, HI 96813.

The East-West Center, a nonprofit educational corporation, awards a number of grants and fellowships each year directed toward fostering intercultural understanding and research on issues with international implications. Graduate social work students are eligible for grants and fellowships particularly through the Institute for Culture and Communications and the Open Grants Program. For more information and application forms, write to Award Services, East-West Center, 1777 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848.

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