The following scholarship programs are available at the University of Hawaiʻi campuses, as applicable. Use the links and information below to find out more.

For more information regarding campus-specific scholarships, please contact your campus financial aid office.

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UH Scholarship Opportunities

The University of Hawaiʻi offers a variety of scholarship opportunities and grants for students attending UH campuses. The UH system, as a whole, awards more than $37 million in scholarship assistance.

Some scholarship programs are need–based, while others are determined by academic achievement, chosen major, geography or other criteria.

Regents and Presidential Scholarship

The Board of Regents established the Regents and Presidential Scholarships to support Hawaiʻi students with a record of outstanding academic achievement.

Regents Scholarships are awarded to 20 outstanding freshmen.

  • Full tuition waiver for four years of undergraduate study
  • $4,000 a year
  • One-time travel grant of $2,000
  • Enrolled at any campus of the University of Hawaiʻi


  • SAT total score of at least 1950 (old SAT)/1380 (new SAT) or ACT combined score of at least 29
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA in academic subjects in high school
  • Remarkable extracurricular achievements

Presidential Scholarships are awarded to incoming juniors.

  • Full tuition waiver for two years of undergraduate study
  • $4,000 a year
  • One-time travel grant of $2,000
  • Enrolled at any baccalaureate campus of the University of Hawaiʻi (UH Mānoa, UH Hilo or UH West Oʻahu)


  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 for all college level work
  • Record of sustained progress in academic courses
  • Evidence of superior academic achievement or creative endeavor

Apply for a Scholarship

Please contact the Admissions Office at UH Hilo, UH Mānoa, or UH West Oʻahu for information on how to apply.

The Regents and Presidential Scholarships are administered by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UH Hilo, UH Mānoa, or UH West Oʻahu in cooperation with the UH System Office of the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.

The Second Century Scholarship

The Second Century Scholarship is a need-based grant provided to Native Hawaiian students who demonstrate financial need. This scholarship is available to students across the UH System. The amount awarded will depend on the student’s financial need and funds available. To be eligible, Native Hawaiian students need only apply for financial aid through their campus financial aid offices. All regular aid deadlines apply.

The State of Hawaiʻi B Plus Scholarship

The State of Hawaiʻi B Plus Scholarship is for Hawaiʻi residents who graduated from a high school after 2005, has at least a 3.0 high school grade point average, has completed a rigorous high school curriculum and demonstrates financial need.

University of Hawaiʻi Grants and Scholarships

The University of Hawaiʻi offers various need–based and non–need–based scholarship assistance in the form of Opportunity Grants, Achievement Scholarships, International Student Scholarships, and Pacific Islander Scholarships. Criteria vary by campus and scholarship. U.S. citizens, nationals, permanent residents, and eligible noncitizens from the Republics of Palau and the Marshall Islands should complete the FAFSA and consult their campus’ financial aid office with any questions or concerns about their eligibility to file the FAFSA.

The UH Foundation Scholarships

The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation awards about $5 million annually from various private and corporate donations. More information about these scholarships, which are merit, service and/or need–based, is on the UH Foundation website.

The UH System Scholarships

The UH System Scholarships are open to students who are admitted as a regular student attending any of the ten campuses of the University of Hawaiʻi System.

These scholarships are made available by the generosity of private individuals and organizations who wish to reward students for a wide variety of accomplishments, including, but not limited to, academic achievement, service to the school and community, leadership ability, first-generation college-going, and specific major and career choices. Some take into consideration financial need and unique personal backgrounds.

Getting Started

The UH System Common Scholarship Application is a single application for over forty different scholarships.

Before starting your application, review the application requirements and other scholarship documents located on the website.

The online UH System Common Scholarship Application (hosted by NextGen Web Solutions) has a security feature that causes the application to time out after 30 minutes.

It is highly recommended that you prepare your personal statement and essays ahead of time and upload or copy/paste them to the application.

You may save and continue your application any time before submission, but once you submit your application you will be unable to return to make changes.


The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, are submitted no later than the deadlines listed below.

Failure to have all materials submitted by the specified deadlines will result in an incomplete application.

  • March 1, 2018 at 4pm HST: UH System Common Scholarship Application completed through Scholarship Manager.
  • March 1, 2018 (postmarked) is the deadline to upload or have your high school/college transcript(s) mailed directly to:
  • University of Hawaiʻi
    Office for Student Affairs
    ATTN: UH System Scholarship Office
    2444 Dole Street
    Bachman Annex 9 – Room 6
    Honolulu, HI 96822

  • March 5, 2018 at 4pm HST: Letters of Recommendations completed through Scholarship Manager


Check out the UH System Scholarship FAQ or email the UH System Scholarship Office at

UH Mānoa Chancellor’s Scholarship

A maximum of 80 scholarships of $10,000 annually ($5,000/semester) will be awarded by the Office of Admissions to high-achieving Hawaiʻi high school graduates. To be considered, students must meet the priority deadline for fall admission, the scholarship requirements, and be accepted to UH Mānoa. A separate application is required. Visit the UH Mānoa Chancellor’s Scholarship website.

UH Hilo Chancellor’s Scholarship

The UH Hilo campus offers a competitive Chancellor’s Scholarship, which covers full tuition for approximately 15 Hawaiʻi students. Factors considered include academic scholarship, leadership experience and potential, community service and financial need. Visit the UH Hilo Chancellor’s Scholarship website for more information. The deadline is January 31st.

UH West Oʻahu Chancellor’s Award

The University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu offers a competitive full tuition award acknowledging academic achievement, leadership, and community service for approximately 8 students. Visit the UH West Oʻahu scholarship website for more information.

Last modified: March 2, 2018