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A limited number of one-year scholarships are available for students interested in earning a two-year liberal arts degree from Windward Community College with a focus on entrepreneurship. If you have an idea you want to turn into a business, but don’t know where to start, this program is for you.

Windward CC’s liberal arts AA degree with classes on entrepreneurship, provides the basic tools and knowledge to help turn ideas into a successful business. The entrepreneurship classes cover how to finance or manage costs, promote your business, and know the legal issues involved in starting a business.

“In Hawaiʻi, so many people have a ‘side hustle’ that they dream about making their ‘real job,’” said Chancellor Ardis Eschenberg. “Windward CC’s entrepreneurship pathway helps you pursue your dream of being your own boss with knowledge, insight and a well-thought-out plan. Come and realize your dream with us—your tuition is free for the first year!”

Through a series of eight-week classes and financial support from the Kawaiaulu Scholarship, students are offered the experience of getting ready to start a business. Cohorts of 20 participants will go through a series of eight-week classes together, focusing on two classes at a time. Classes are online with the exception of limited hands-on, in-person specialty courses.

To view the class schedule per semester, visit

Get started with the Kawaiaulu Scholarship

The one-year scholarship package for students interested in entrepreneurship includes:

  • Three semesters of full-tuition (spring, summer and fall 2022)
  • Help applying for financial aid for the second year
  • Materials and supplies for class projects and hands-on learning
  • Technology (laptop loans)
  • Supportive environment: free lunches, tutoring, childcare options and on-campus jobs are available

Information sessions

Register for a Zoom link for any of the upcoming one-hour information sessions:

  • Friday, November 5 at 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 10 at 6 p.m.
  • Friday, December 3 at 2 p.m.

Information sessions will address questions about curriculum and what you will learn, applying to Windward CC, registering for courses, the Kawaiaulu Scholarship, online learning technology and support services that will be provided.

For more information, contact Haʻaheo (Justin) Pagan, career and transfer counselor, at or (808) 235-7460.

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