Presidential and Transfer Merit Scholarships

Presidential Scholarship

Presidential Scholars receive a full-time, 12 credit per semester tuition waiver for two years of undergraduate study.  All scholars receive $4,000 a year (stipend) and a one-time travel grant of $2,000.  Presidential Scholarships are awarded to approximately 8 bona fide Hawai‘i resident college juniors who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 for all college level work, a record of sustained progress in academic courses, and evidence of superior academic achievement or creative endeavor.


  • Students meeting the following requirements are eligible to apply.
  • Apply for admissions as a classified full-time junior to UH Mānoa by January 5, 2022.
    • Must be a junior by the end of the Spring semester. Spring credits may be counted toward credits earned.  Spring grades will be reviewed once the semester has ended.  
  • Bona fide resident of Hawai‘i
  • A cumulative 3.7 college work grade point average
  • Evidence of superior academic achievement or creative endeavor.
  • Preference will be given to incoming Juniors transferring from a University of Hawaii Community College to UH Manoa

Application Process for the Presidential Scholarship:

Submit a UH Mānoa New Warrior & Presidential Scholarship Application by January 15, 2022.

  • Must meet Presidential Scholarship requirements listed above
  • Apply for admissions as a classified full-time junior to UH Mānoa.
  • New Warrior & Presidential Scholarship Application
  • Essay Question: Imagine you are talking with a friend in the future 50 years from now. What would you tell them about this world that we live in now? How would you describe the role that you played, and how did attending the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa influence that role?
    • Helpful Pointers: You are invited to think outside of the box, and to be creative, while demonstrating and communicating a good grasp of the topic, critical thinking, and clarity. Showcase who you are and your specific passions and interests. NWS Essay must be written and submitted within the scholarship's application portal
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Official Non-UH System College Transcript(s) (if any).
    • Official college transcript(s) are required only for any/all non-University of Hawaii System colleges previously or currently attending.  Transcripts for any University of Hawaii system schools will not be needed.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2022

Please contact the New Warrior Scholarship Committee at if you have any questions on your scholarship status.