Scholarship ʻAha 2020: UH-OHA Hoʻonaʻauao



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UH-OHA Hoʻonaʻauao Higher Education Scholarship Program

Native Hawaiian students at any of the University of Hawaiʻi’s 10 campuses may apply for the UH-OHA Hoʻonaʻauao Scholarship Program. The scholarships are funded through a $1.1-million grant provided by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and administered by the UH Mānoa Native Hawaiian Science and Engineering Mentorship Program (NHSEMP).

Applications from current and potential students seeking a degree or enrolled in a vocational program will be accepted via the online UH System Common Scholarship Application from October 1, 2020 to March 1, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. HST.

The scholarship program has two priority areas: 

  1. to support scholarships for Native Hawaiians who plan want to pursue vocational certificates, undergraduate and graduate degrees; and 
  2. to provide wrap-around services for non-traditional Native Hawaiian students in order to help them complete a post-secondary degree or vocational or technical education.

The UH-OHA Hoʻonaʻauao Higher Education Scholarship Program helps fund tuition and fees. The program will provide scholarship recipients with advising and mentoring, professional and leadership development, and cultural-based workshops.

For more information about the scholarship and application process, visit the UH-OHA Ho‘ona‘auao Scholarship website or email

Important Dates:

  • Application opens: Oct 1, 2020
  • Application deadline: Mar. 1, 2021 at 4 p.m.


  • Be of Native Hawaiian ancestry
  • Enrolled at one of the 10 University of Hawaiʻi campuses for Fall 2021
  • Completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Maintain a minimum of 2.0 GPA undergraduates or 3.0 for graduate students
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation, minimum


  • Non-traditional students (including student parents)
  • First-generation college students
  • 2020-2021 UH-OHA Recipients in good standing



Learn more about our other scholarship partners:

Alu Like Hana Lima Scholarship

Hawaiʻi Community Foundation

Kamehameha Schools

Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship

Pauahi Foundation

UH System Scholarships


Additional Resources:

FAFSA Line-by-Line Guide



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