UH-bound high school seniors encouraged to apply for Hawaii B Plus Scholarship program

Priority deadline to apply for 2006-2007 scholarship is March 15

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Feb 23, 2006

HONOLULU — Hawaiʻi public high school seniors planning to further their education at any of the University of Hawaiʻi‘s 10 campuses this fall have the opportunity to receive assistance from a newly established scholarship program. The State of Hawaiʻi B Plus Scholarship, funded by the State Legislature and approved by the UH Board of Regents last year, will distribute at least $500,000 for the 2006-2007 academic year. The program was designed to increase access to higher education and provide the state with a more educated workforce. At the same time, the program intends to bridge the gap between the cost of UH tuition and the resources available to low-income families. The UH financial aid offices will distribute the awards to students. The statewide GEAR UP program (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program) and the university's Office of Student Equity, Excellence, and Diversity (SEED) are working closely with the public schools to recruit applicants.Students wishing to apply for the 2006-2007 scholarship must meet the following criteria:
· Be a Hawaiʻi resident;
· Have financial need;
· Be graduating from a Hawaiʻi public high school this spring
· Have a minimum 3.0 GPA;
· and plan to enroll this fall at any of the 10 UH campuses.

The priority deadline to receive applications for the B Plus Scholarship is on March 15, 2006. The final deadline is July 15, 2006. For more information, to apply online or to download an application, visit http://www.hawaii.edu/diversity/scholarships/b-plus.htm.About GEAR UP
GEAR UP is a federal program whose mission is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The State of Hawai'i GEAR UP program is a consortium of partners that include the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Education, the University of Hawaiʻi's ten-campus system and many other community partners.About SEED
The Office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED) works to recruit and retain students from groups underrepresented in higher education. SEED also provides administrative support to committees addressing diversity issues at Manoa and system wide. For further information, call Dr. Amefil Agbayani at 956-9317 or go to www.hawaii.edu/diversity.

For more information, visit: http://www.hawaii.edu/diversity/scholarships/b-plus.htm