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UHWO SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of merit, academic performance, and/or financial need. The following scholarship programs are offered at the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu (UHWO).


The 2015 - 2016 UH System & UHWO scholarship application is now CLOSED.  Please view other ongoing, external scholarship opportunities posted on our 'Scholarship Bulletin Board'.

Regents and Presidential Scholarships

The UH Board of Regents established the Regents and Presidential Scholarships to support students with a record of outstanding academic achievement.  Regents Scholars receive a full tuition waiver for four years of undergraduate study, and Presidential Scholars receive a full tuition waiver for two years of undergraduate study. All scholars receive $4,000 a year and a one-time travel grant of $2,000.  Deadline to apply for both scholarships is now CLOSED for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Regents Scholarships are awarded to 2 outstanding freshmen who receive an SAT combined score of at least 1950 on all three sections of the test or ACT combined score of at least 29, maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in academic subjects in high school, and whose extracurricular achievements are shown to be remarkable.

Presidential Scholarships are awarded to 2 UH System community college juniors who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 for all college level work, a record of sustained progress in academic courses, and evidence of superior academic achievement or creative endeavor. Presidential Scholarships focus on supporting the transfer of UH System community college students to UH baccalaureate campuses as juniors.

Scholarship applications for the Regents and Presidential Scholarships:

Regents Scholarship

  1. Application
  2. Letter of Recommendation
  3. Personal Statement

BOR Presidential Scholarship

  1. Application
  2. Letter of Recommendation
  3. Personal Statement

15 to Finish Incentive Scholarship

This scholarship was established after the Fall 2014 semester to promote graduating from UH West Oahu in an expeditious manner by completing a minimum of 15 credits per semester while acknowledging the students academic achievement.  The recipient must be a classified, degree-seeking student at UHWO and must have successfully completed 15 credits or more in the previous semester at UHWO with a minimum GPA of a 3.0 to be considered. Preference shall be given to students who completed the previous semester with a 3.5 GPA or better.  Students need not submit a separate application for this fund. Awards will be determined by the Financial Aid Office based on the student meeting all indicated requirements and fund availability.

AES Hawaii Scholarship at UH West Oahu

This scholarship is to assist students pursuing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program or Hawaiian-Pacific Studies at UHWO.  The applicant must be a Hawaii resident and have graduated from one of the following high schools: Kapolei, Campbell, Nanakuli, Waipahu or Waianae.  In addition, the student must have a 3.0 minimum GPA and be enrolled at least half-time at UHWO.  Although need is considered for this fund, completion of the FAFSA is not required.

UHWO Chancellor’s Award

This award acknowledges academic achievement, leadership and community service volunteerism. The applicant must be enrolled in at a minimum of 12-credits at UHWO. If the applicant is a new student, they must have a GPA of at least a 3.75. If the applicant is a transfer student, they must have a transfer GPA of at least a 3.75. If the applicant is a continuing or returning student, they must have a UHWO GPA of at least 3.75.  Recipients of the Chancellor's Award will be required to serve as UHWO Student Ambassadors. Deadline to apply was April 3, 2015.

Charles E. Hemenway Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the estate of Charles and Jane Hemenway to assist undergraduate students at the University of Hawai‘i. The applicant must be of good character and display qualities indicative of good citizenship while maintaining satisfactory academic progress with at least a 2.0 GPA. The applicant must be a resident of Hawai‘i and be enrolled at a minimum of 6-credits at UHWO. The applicant must also have completed the FAFSA & the financial aid process at the University.

Delta Construction Corporation Endowed Scholarship at UH West Oahu

This scholarship was established to assist students enrolled in any area of study at the University. The applicant must be enrolled at a minimum of 6-credits at UHWO and have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or above. The applicant must demonstrate financial need, but no FAFSA is required. Preference shall be given to students intending to pursue a degree in Engineering as well as to those who reside in the West O‘ahu region.

Hawaii Veterans Memorial Fund

This scholarship was established to recognize applicants of good character, who display qualities indicative of good citizenship and a commitment to serve Hawai‘i and its people. The applicant must demonstrate financial need by completing a FAFSA. The applicant must also be a resident of Hawai‘i, be enrolled at full-time (12 or more credits) and have a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Henry & Dorothy Castle Memorial Early Childhood Education Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage and assist students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences – Early Childhood Education in the hopes that the student will remain in Hawai‘i to teach. The applicant must be in good academic standing with at least a 2.0 GPA or better, and be enrolled at a minimum of 6-credits at UHWO. Financial need will be considered, but the completion of the FAFSA is not required.

Native Hawaiian Tuition Waiver   

The purpose of this fund is to assist in providing access to students of Native Hawaiian ancestry (as determined by the University of Hawai‘i System Application Form) with demonstrated financial need. The applicant must be a classified student, pursuing their baccalaureate degree at UHWO.  The applicant must be a resident of Hawai‘i and be enrolled at least half-time (minimum 6-credits).  The applicant must also be in good academic standing with at least a 2.0 GPA or better. Completion of the FAFSA and the financial aid process is required.

Osher Reentry Scholarship Fund

The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for tuition costs to assist reentry students between the ages of approximately 25 – 50; whose collegiate studies had been interrupted by circumstances beyond their control for approximately five years.  These applicants must be resuming their studies to complete their first baccalaureate degree and enrolled at least part-time. Preference shall be given to the applicants that are full-time enrolled.  Applicants must be in good academic standing with at least a 2.0 GPA.  Financial need is considered, but the completion of the FAFSA is not required.

OWG Humanities Scholarship

This scholarship was established to assist continuing students pursuing any Humanities concentration: English, Hawaiian and Pacific Studies, History or Philosophy at the University. Applicants for the scholarship may be either full or part time students at the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu and have a respectable grade point average of at least a 2.5. Preference shall be given to applicants who are either Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing.  Both merit and need will be taken into consideration in awarding the scholarship. No FAFSA is required.

Pacific Links Hawaii Foundation Scholarship

This fund is to provide scholarship assistance to students who are residents of the Leeward coast of Oahu and are pursuing a degree or certificate in any area of study at UHWO.  The applicant must be a resident of the Leeward coast of Oahu.  The applicant must be enrolled at a minimum of 6-credits and have a 3.0 minimum GPA or better.  Financial need is considered, but the completion of the FAFSA is not required.

PTW Enowed Scholarship for UH West Oahu

This funds is to provide scholarships to students attending UHWO and majoring in any area of study.  The applicant must be enrolled at a minimum of 6 credits and have a 2.50 minimum GPA or better.  Preference shall be given to current employees of Pacific Transfer, LLC or PTW, Inc., their spouses or children.  Financial need is considered, but the completion of the FAFSA is not required.

Que-Andrada Foundation Scholarship 

The purpose of this fund is to assist students enrolled at the University who have demonstrated volunteerism and/or participation in activities related to the Philippines or the Filipino community. The applicant must be enrolled at full-time (12 or more credits) at UHWO and have a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or above. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, but no FAFSA is required.

Ralph Miwa Scholarship 
This fund was established in 1994 in memory of Dr. Ralph Miwa, who was instrumental in the founding of the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu (formerly West O‘ahu College) and served as Chancellor from 1976 – 1986. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time (minimum of 6-credits) and have completed at least 12 credits at UHWO with a GPA of 3.75 or better.  No FAFSA is required.

Ruth E. Black Scholarship  

The purpose of this fund is to recognize students in good academic standing and who demonstrate the potential for academic growth and achievement. The applicant must be a classified, degree-seeking student enrolled at least half-time (minimum of 6-credits). The applicant must have at least a 2.0 GPA or better.  Preference shall be given to sons and daughters of engineers, contractors and construction workers.  No FAFSA is required.

Schuler Family Foundation Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to help increase access to higher education at UHWO by supporting eligible high school graduates of Campbell, Kapolei, Nanakuli and Wai‘anae high schools with their cost of attendance. Applicants must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credits) at UHWO and have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need, but no FAFSA is required. Preference shall be given to high school graduates from Campbell, Kapolei, Nanakuli and Wai‘anae high schools as well as to applicants who demonstrate participation in community service activities, including volunteering for organizations or programs serving the West O‘ahu Community.

Second Century Scholars Program

The purpose of this program is to promote and increase access to higher education opportunities for classified students of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Applicants must demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA and the financial aid process. Applicants must be at least half-time enrolled, but priority will be given to those that are full-time enrolled. Students need not submit a separate application for this fund. Awarding of this fund is ongoing, based on fund availability.

Senator Francis A. Wong/Berger Foundation Scholarship

This fund is to provide scholarship support to West Oahu residents pursuing studies at UH West Oahu.  Applicants must be a resident of West Oahu and also demontrate leadership and volunteerism in the community.  The applicant must be full-time enrolled (12 or more credits) with a 3.0 minimum GPA.  Preference shall be given to those applicants who are pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) courses at UHWO; or are making a difference in sustainability, religion, ethics, politics, art & culture.  Financial need will be considered, but the completion of the FAFSA is not required.

State of Hawaii B Plus Scholarship

This scholarship is geared toward students who graduated from a Hawai‘i public high school in the Spring of 2006 or later with a final high school GPA of at least a 3.0. The student must be a resident of Hawai‘i with exceptional financial need and is Pell Grant eligible. The student must be enrolled at least half-time (minimum of 6-credits). Completion of a FAFSA and the financial aid process is required. Students need not submit a separate application for this fund. Awarding of this fund is ongoing, based on fund availability.

EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS

External scholarships are funds awarded and managed by an outside entity such as local businesses, professional organizations, financial institutions, foundations, government and state agencies, etc.

Scholarship Bulletin Board 
This is a list of external scholarship opportunities sent to UH West O‘ahu. This list is updated whenever the Financial Aid Office is notified of new scholarship opportunities. So don't forget to check back periodically!

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