Information here is regarding the UH System Common Scholarship Application. To learn about application processes for other scholarships available through your campus, please return back to the scholarship homepage, and click on your intended home campus’ link so that you may look through all applications that might be available to you.
A large portion of the scholarships available through this application are funded by UH Foundation donors. However, there are other small system and campus scholarships that utilize this application. Students are encouraged to apply annually.
Before starting your application, review the application requirements and other important information located on this website
The UH System Common Scholarship Application is generally made up of the following components:
You are required to submit a personal statement for the UH System Common Scholarship Application. You might find it beneficial to complete your personal statement in a word document or PDF, so you may save it, copy and paste it into your application, and also use it for other applications as needed. Your personal statement should address:
- Why you think you deserve a scholarship;
- How these scholarships have helped and/or will help in your education;
- Your educational and career goals;
- Any accomplishments, including any honors or awards;
- Current employment;
- Your personal background, including any highlights, special situations in your life or other information that you want the Scholarship Committee to take into consideration (i.e. returning to school later in life, raising children while pursuing a degree, etc.); and
- Any barriers to your obtaining your educational goals and how you plan to overcome them (i.e. socio-economic or educational disadvantages).
Community Service & Other Optional Essays
The Common Scholarship application contains optional essay questions, but it is strongly recommended that you complete as many as possible in order to be considered for the maximum amount of scholarships available. Some scholarships may have a particular subject specified in the scholarship criteria.
The essay does not replace your personal statement. Again, you may find it beneficial to complete essays in a word document or PDF, then copy and paste them into Scholarship Manager.
Topics for essays are as follows:
- Community or Volunteer Service—Complete an essay describing what activities you participated in (i.e. any activities including volunteer, leadership, membership and community services in social, school or community organizations which demonstrate your willingness to give back or contribute to your community).
- Health Care—Complete an essay describing what health care related activities you participated in (i.e. demonstrated commitment to health care, volunteer work, employment in health services, enrolled in a degree program in any area of health fields; career goals and plans in the health care field regardless of area of study; how you intend to impact the health of your community in the State of Hawaiʻi.)
- 442nd Veterans Endowed Scholarship—Complete an essay describing the role of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the United States Army in World War II and their legacy.
- Restoration—Complete an essay describing your commitment to the restoration Hawaiʻi’s native ecosystems, including the follow-up process that ensures success.
- Environmental Sustainability—Complete an essay describing your interest in the field of environmental sustainability, activities that you participated in and how you intend continue promoting environmental sustainability in the future.
- Honolulu Construction Management (Honolulu CC)—Complete an essay describing how your academic objectives relate to the construction management profession.
- Loui Student Innovation (Honolulu CC)—Complete an essay describing what new processes, fabrications, products, or new technologies that you are interested in to improve the carpentry field.
- Osher Scholarship (UH Hilo and UH West Oʻahu)—Complete an essay describing in detail on why your studies were interrupted (i.e. raised a family, work, serious injury or illness, etc.)
- Que Andrada Foundation Scholarship (UH Hilo and UH West Oʻahu)—Complete an essay that describes your participation in any activities related to Filipino culture including any volunteer work for organizations that serve the Filipino culture.
- Hilo Orchid Society Scholarship (UH Hilo)—Complete an essay that explains how your course of study and post-graduate plans benefit the agriculture industry in the State of Hawaiʻi.
- Senator Francis A. Wong/Berger Foundation (UH West Oʻahu)—Complete an essay that describes your participation in activities related to making a difference or contributing to sustainability, religion, ethics, business, politics, art and culture.
** If an optional essay is required for a scholarship for which you do not wish to apply, simply skip the essay and leave that essay section completely blank.
Letters of Recommendation
As a courtesy to your recommenders, it is advised that you request permission to use them as recommenders and advise them of the deadline to submit their Letter of Recommendation through the online application process. You will need an email address from the recommender. Examples of recommenders include past or present teachers/professors, employers, religious leaders, community leaders, and organization leaders. Letters from relatives and friends will not be accepted. Recommenders will need to complete the online recommendation form via the link that will be emailed to them once you have provided it within your application.
The Letters of Recommendation are due by March 8th at 4:00 pm HST online via Scholarship Manager.
**NOTE: If you are an incoming UH Mānoa student completing the New Warrior Scholarship application, letters of recommendation need to be completed by 11:59 PM (HST) January 25th. Please be sure to notify your recommender of this special deadline.**
Some scholarships require a transcript, so uploading your high school or previous non-UH college transcript(s) is highly recommended in order to be considered for the maximum number of scholarships. Transcripts can be unofficial, but must clearly show your name, grades, GPA, and date printed. Many schools take weeks to process a transcript request so be sure to make your request asap.
Not sure if you need to submit a transcript? If you answer “yes” to any of the questions below, you need to.
- Are you a graduating high school senior?
- Is this your first time attending college?
- Are you transferring from a non-UH college?
- Are you applying for a UH Manoa New Warrior or Presidential Scholarship?
Transcripts must be uploaded by March 1, 2021 in order to be included with your application.
**NOTE: If you are applying for the New Warrior & Presidential Scholarships, your transcripts must be uploaded no later than 11:59 PM (HST) January 15, 2021. Transcripts are required to apply for the New Warrior & Presidential Scholarship. Transcripts sent to any other office (i.e. Admissions, other scholarship applications, etc.) will not be used to satisfy scholarship application requirements on this site**
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Students applying for the UH System Scholarships are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Completing your FAFSA by the March 1st deadline will allow reviewing committees to determine need eligibility if a scholarship requires demonstration of need.
Campus specific questions and requirements
When completing your application, you will be asked to indicate your home campus and second choice campus for the application year. Based on your responses, you will be presented with additional questions that will help those campuses to determine if you may be eligible for their campus-specific funds.
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 also 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. Failure to have all materials submitted by the specified deadlines will result in an incomplete application. Meeting the application requirements and scholarship criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship. Once an application has been submitted, it cannot be accessed for changes.
- March 1, 2021 at 4 p.m. (HST): UH System Common Scholarship Application submitted through Scholarship Manager.
- March 1, 2021 (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 6
Honolulu, HI 96822
- March 8, 2021 at 4 p.m. (HST): Letters of Recommendations completed/submitted through Scholarship Manager
**UH Mānoa New Warrior & Presidential Scholarship applicants have earlier deadlines. Please refer to their website for more information.**