In September 2023, President Lassner announced that the University of Hawaiʻi is offering scholarships to Lahainaluna High School (LHS) Class of 2024 seniors to attend any of UH’s 10 campuses. Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions associated with these scholarships.
What is the intention of this scholarship?
This scholarship is intended to provide disaster relief in the form of financial support for Lahainaluna High School (LHS) Class of 2024 seniors who were impacted by the August 8, 2023 Lahaina wildfires. These students started their freshman year during the pandemic and had a delayed start to their senior year, returning to a school with significant physical damage as a result of the wildfires.
Who qualifies for the Lahainaluna Class of 2024 Scholarship?
Students eligible for this scholarship include those who are:
- high school seniors graduating as part of the Lahainaluna Class of 2024, or
- high school seniors who were enrolled at Lahainaluna on August 7, 2023 and have since relocated to another high school in the State of Hawaii, and
- enrolling as a full-time (12+ credits) student at a UH campus starting in Fall 2024
How do students apply for the Lahainaluna Scholarship?
There is no separate application for the Lahainaluna Scholarship. UH will determine eligibility for this scholarship after students are accepted to a UH campus. Award notifications are expected to begin in March 2024. Students who are accepted to a UH campus after March 2024 can expect their scholarship notification within 3-4 weeks.
What’s the deadline to apply for the Lahainaluna scholarship?
There is no deadline to apply for the Lahainaluna Scholarship. Since this award is based on acceptance to a UH campus, students should be sure to meet the admissions deadline for the UH campus they are applying to.
When should a Lahainaluna Class of 2024 student apply to UH?
Lahainaluna Class of 2024 students should apply to UH once they decide which campus they would like to attend. Applying to more than one UH campus may delay the proper processing of this scholarship since it can only be awarded through one campus. As a reminder, acceptance to a UH community college is guaranteed upon graduation from Lahainaluna High School, while certain academic requirements must be met to determine acceptance to a 4-year university.
Do I need to submit a FAFSA or other financial aid application for the Lahainaluna Scholarship?
While a FAFSA is not required to receive this scholarship, students are encouraged to complete a FAFSA, which might be able to provide federal, state and/or institutional aid to support other expenses. Otherwise, there is no separate application for the Lahainaluna Class of 2024 Scholarship.
Will the scholarship be available to Lahainaluna Class of 2024 graduating high school seniors who plan to attend a UH campus on a part-time basis?
Please contact the campus point of contact listed at the bottom of this page if you are a Lahainaluna Class of 2024 student planning to attend UH part-time. We have resources available to assist you, aside from this scholarship.
Will the scholarship be available to other Class of 2024 graduating high school seniors who live in Lahaina, but do not attend Lahainaluna HS?
Not at this time. These scholarship funds, provided to UH by a private donor, are designated to the Lahainaluna high school graduating seniors, Class of 2024. Students who live in Lahaina and attend another high school are still encouraged to apply to the University of Hawaiʻi and other forms of scholarships and financial aid that are available.
Will this scholarship be available to Class of 2023 students who already graduated from Lahainaluna HS but didn’t attend college?
Not at this time. This scholarship is intended to support students in Lahainaluna’s Class of 2024 who started their first full year of high school during the 2020 pandemic and experienced a delayed start to their senior year because of the physical impact of the 2023 Maui wildfires. Students from the Lahainaluna Class of 2023 who did not attend college due to the fires are still encouraged to apply to the University of Hawaiʻi and other forms of scholarships and financial aid that are available.
I am a student in the Lahainaluna Class of 2024, but I’m thinking of taking a break before starting college. Will I still be eligible for this scholarship if I don’t start college right away?
Lahainaluna Class of 2024 graduating seniors must begin attendance at a UH campus starting in Fall 2024 to receive this scholarship.
What do I have to do to continue receiving this scholarship?
To remain eligible for the scholarship, recipients must remain continuously enrolled as a full-time student at a UH campus, and remain in good academic standing for subsequent years. Continuous enrollment is determined based on fall and spring semesters only.
How long is the Lahainaluna HS scholarship for?
Students pursuing an associate’s degree may receive the scholarship through Spring 2026, a total of 4 semesters.
Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree may receive the scholarship through Spring 2028, a total of 8 semesters.
Will I be able to transfer my scholarship to another University of Hawaiʻi campus?
Yes. A student who transfers from a UH community college to a UH 4-year university may receive this scholarship for a total of 8 consecutive semesters.
A student who transfers from a UH 4-year university to a UH community college may receive this scholarship for a total of 4 consecutive semesters.
A student who transfers from a UH community college to another UH community college may receive this scholarship for a total of 4 consecutive semesters.
What does this scholarship cover?
The amount of this scholarship is intended to assist with covering tuition, fees and any other expenses associated with the student’s cost of attendance.
How much is the scholarship for?
Due to the differential tuition and fee amounts across the campuses, the scholarship awards for the 2024-2025 academic year are as follows:
- UH Mānoa – $14,000
- UH Hilo – $9,000
- UH West O‘ahu – $9,000
- UH Community College – $5,500
Does this scholarship cover summer school?
This scholarship provides awards in the fall and spring semesters only.
How and when will students be notified about receiving their scholarship?
Award notifications are sent to students’ hawaii.edu email address, and are expected to begin in March 2024. Students who are accepted to a UH campus after March 2024 can expect their scholarship notification within 3-4 weeks.
How will I receive the scholarship?
Scholarships will automatically be applied to students’ UH accounts and will pay toward tuition and fees charges. Any remaining scholarship balance will be refunded to the student via check or erefund to allow students to cover other cost of attendance items.
Will this scholarship affect other financial aid or scholarships that I already received?
This scholarship will not have an impact on any other financial aid or scholarships that students receive.
The University of Hawaiʻi recognizes that the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116-260) was amended 20 USC 1087vv (i)(5) to exclude emergency financial aid from the definition of other financial assistance (OFA), which replaces the definition of estimated financial assistance (EFA). Additionally, UH also acknowledges that the Heroes Act of 2003 gives the U.S. Secretary of Education certain flexibilities to ensure that recipients of student aid are not placed in a worse position financially because of their status as an affected individual. UH is incorporating guidance from the above acts to ensure compliance with federal regulations.
Can these scholarships be applied to non-credit classes at University of Hawaii campuses?
This scholarship is intended to cover attendance in credit classes only.
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Last modified: January 9, 2024