The University of Hawaiʻi offers a variety of scholarship opportunities and grants to regular students attending any of the ten UH campuses. UH as a whole awards more than $37 million in scholarship assistance.
Scholarship programs are need–based and/or determined by academic achievement, chosen major, geography or other criteria.
You can apply annually for the UH‘s generous scholarships by completing a single application. This application is used for students interested in applying for:
- Campus-specific scholarships (excluding UH Mānoa scholarships administered by department or the UH Mānoa Financial Aid Office)
- UH Community Colleges Scholarships (available through the Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges)
- UH System Scholarships (Awarded by the UH System Financial Aid Office)
- UH Mānoa New Warrior Scholarships (e.g. Chancellor’s, Regents, Presidential, Mānoa Excellence, and Mānoa International Excellence 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 45 minutes.
It is highly recommended that you prepare your personal statement and essays ahead of time and copy and paste them into 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, 2019 at 4pm (HST): UH System Common Scholarship Application submitted through Scholarship Manager.
- March 1, 2019 (postmarked): Deadline to upload or have your high school/college transcript(s) mailed directly to:
University of Hawaiʻi
Office of Student Affairs
ATTN: UH System Scholarship Office
2444 Dole Street
Bachman Annex 9 – Room 5
Honolulu, HI 96822
- March 4, 2019 at 4 p.m. (HST): Letters of Recommendations completed/submitted through Scholarship Manager
Check out the UH Scholarship FAQ or email the UH System Scholarship Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Hawaiʻi Promise Scholarship
Hawaiʻi’s Promise Scholarship is a need-based scholarship program designed to make college affordable to all qualified Hawaiʻi students. The program provides financial assistance to help meet the direct educational costs of University of Hawaiʻi Community College students who are enrolled at least half time in an eligible academic program. The “last dollar” scholarship is based on FAFSA-determined criteria and is applied after all other grants and scholarships have been awarded. It helps fill the financial gap for the direct educational costs of qualified students. Students may be eligible up to the amount of the total cost of UH direct costs including tuition, fees, books, supplies and a standard transportation allowance.
More information about Hawaiʻi Promise
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.
UH 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.
UH Mānoa Chancellor’s Scholarship
Scholarships 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. Visit the >UH Mānoa Chancellor’s Scholarship website for more information.
UH Hilo Chancellor’s Scholarship
The UH Hilo campus offers a competitive Chancellor’s Scholarship, which covers full tuition for four years. 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.
UH West Oʻahu Chancellor’s Scholarship
The University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu offers a competitive full tuition award acknowledging academic achievement, leadership, and community service. Visit the UH West Oʻahu scholarship website for more information.
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.
Last modified: October 1, 2018