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Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation Scholarship

Deadline:  February 1, 2018 (Complete online application, all documents uploaded, and give printed application to Mrs. Davis by 3:00 pm)


This foundation awards a $2,000 scholarship to a senior from each qualifying high school in the State of Hawaii (one from Kealakehe High School will be selected). Each winner will become eligible for additional awards of up to $10,000. Students must have a strong record of scholastic achievement and potential (high grades and test scores), as well as participate actively in extra-curricular and community service activities. Students must attend a four-year college, community college, or technical school in the Fall 2018 semester and demonstrate the need for financial assistance.


How to Apply

Students must go to to download the student information and complete the online application. This requires students to upload their SAR from the FAFSA, test scores, tax forms, and transcript. Students must also send requests through email for letters of recommendation to be uploaded from their recommenders. Students are then required to print a copy of their application and give it to Mrs. Davis by the deadline. 

100th Infantry Battalion Legacy Organization Scholarships

Deadline:  March 22, 2018


Seniors who are graduating from the state of Hawaii who will attend an institution of higher learning in Fall 2018 are eligible. One award will be for $3,000 and two awards will be for $1,000 each. Get more information and download the application here:  (copies also available in the College & Career Center)

Big Island Federal Credit Union Scholarship - $1,000 & $2,500

Deadline: February 28, 2018

The BIFCU invites all of its eligible members to apply for cash scholarship awards. A total of seven awards (two at $2500 each and five at $1000 each) will be made among the following categories:  two-year post-secondary (community college), undergraduate (four-year college), and graduate division. Winners will be selected based on their academic excellence (transcript required), achievements, essay on academic and career goals, community involvement, and two letters of recommendation. Download the application packet below or pick up a packet in the folders in the College & Career Center.


Hawaii Community Foundation 

Deadline:  January 31, 2017

Apply here:

This Foundation has a database of over 200 scholarships and you only need to complete one Common Application! Based on your personal information, you will be considered for the scholarships that you are eligible for. Before you begin the application, read the Scholarship FAQS, which includes the essay questions you will have to answer. You should start this application at least two weeks before the deadline since you will have to submit electronic requests for letters of recommendations. Be sure to complete your FAFSA beforehand since you will have to upload your Student Aid Report (SAR) from your processed FAFSA. You will also have to upload an official transcript. See Mrs. Davis if you need any help! 


Jack and Otome Miyashiro Scholarship - $2,000

Deadline: March 31, 2018 (postmarked)
This scholarship will be awarded to a qualifying, graduating senior who will be attending an accredited two or four year College in the Fall of 2018. The applicant or applicants parent or legal guardian must be a current resident of the County of Hawaii. Applicant will need to describe involvement and participation in cultural activities, also involvement and contact with Okinawan culture.
Applications are available in folders in the College and Career Center.


National Honor Society (NHS) Scholarship- For Seniors

Deadline: January 30, 2018 (Student portion of application)
                 February 5, 2018 (To submit recommendations and certifications)  
This Scholarship is for seniors in the NHS. For more information and application procedures, please click on the link below.


HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program - $5000

Deadline: Received by February 9, 2018 at 4pm. No exceptions


Eligibility:  Must be a high school senior graduating from a Hawaii high school in 2018 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Must have played on at least one school athletic team in a league-sanctioned sport during at least one of your high school years. Special consideration will be given to athletes in lower-profile sports. 


Up to 15 exceptional students will be awarded a Kaimana Scholarship worth $5,000. Recipients are selected from each high school athletic league statewide. Winners are selected based on academic and athletic achievements, community involvement, sportsmanship, essay, and letters of recommendation. Application forms are available at the College & Career Center or can be downloaded at


Brian Kajiyama-Heart of a Warrior Scholarship - $1500

Deadline: Postmarked - December 13, 2017
Heart of a Warrior Scholarship is intended to aid Hawaii high school students who have triumphed over personal challenges to excel in the classroom, in extracurricular activities, and in their community.  Scholarship recipients will be selected from students committed to attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Minimum GPA: 2.8.
For more information and to download the scholarship application, go to the website.
Applications are also available in folders in the College and Career Center. 


Hui Okinawa - $1,000 scholarship

Deadline: March 31, 2018
Hui Okinawa will award a scholarship to a qualifying, graduating senior who will be attending an accredited two or four year College in the Fall of 2018. The applicant or applicants parent or legal guardian must be a current resident of the County of Hawaii.  For more information, contact Gerrie Morishita at
Applications can be downloaded below or can be found in the folders in the College and Career Center.


Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: February 7, 2018
This scholarship program is for Hawaii high school seniors who will be attending a 4-year university or college in Hawaii or on the U.S. mainland to earn a baccalaureate degree. Winners be selected based off of their academic achievement, financial need, and community/extra-curricular activities. Each Rotary Club awards one $5,000 scholarship each to a deserving high school student. There will also be two $10,000 scholarships awarded in the state of Hawai'i for the most deserving students. Check out their website for more information and to download the form-fillable application form:
Click on 'HRYF Scholarships' then click on '2018 Neighbor Island Application (pdf)'. Applications are also available in the folders in the  College and Career Center.


Filipino Women's League - $1500 (girls & boys can apply)

Deadline/postmarked: February 24, 2018


The Filipino Women's league is offering scholarships to two graduating Hawaii seniors of Filipino ancestry. Applicants must also be enrolling as a full-time student at an institution of higher learning in the state of Hawaii, and a subsequent (GPA) of 2.5 of higher for the first semester. Guidelines and application form can be found at and can also be found in the folders in the College and Career Center.


Charles R. Kendall Scholarship & Education Fund

Deadline:  January 16, 2018


Eligibility:  Member or dependent of a member of the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA), who is in good standing for at least one year, and must attend a university, college, community college, vocational or trade school, or other post high school study on a full-time basis for the school year 2018-2019. 
For the current 2017-2018 school year, the scholarship fund awarded 6 -- $2,500 and 33 -- $1,500. Awards differ from year to year. Applications are available at  or in the folders in the College and Career Center.


UH Manoa Scholarship Resources Page (not just for UH Manoa students)

This website has lots of great resources for local scholarships:



BIRMA-Mark Allen Traxler Memorial Scholarship - $2,000 

(Big Island Retired Military Association)
Deadline: March 31, 2018 



1) High school GPA is 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 grading system. 

2)Hawaii Island high school senior who is child of a current active duty, reserve, or National Guard member of the armed forces of the United States of America, Or the child or grandchild of a person who retired from the armed forces of the United States with 20 or more years of active military service.


 Is a high school senior who is a U.S. citizen and a resident of Hawaii County and has completed at least two (2) years in a JROTC or Civil Air Patrol program at the time of application.


Application available in the College and Career office or can be downloaded below.



Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation Scholarship


Deadline:  March 1, 2017


Last year, this Foundation awarded $125,000 in need-based scholarships to graduating high school seniors and current college students from across the state. These scholarships are open to student athletes currently competing in water sports or volleyball, who intend to compete in sports in college, have a 3.0 GPA or higher and involved in community service. All applications must be completed online at under "General Scholarships."