Hawaiian Homes Commission Scholarships Program

The purpose of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Scholarships (HHCS) is to promote and support the educational advancement of native Hawaiians to achieve economic self-sufficiently. The HHCS provides financial award scholarships to qualified native Hawaiians enrolled as classified full-time students in degree-seeking programs at accredited post-high educational institutions. The scholarships are for an academic year and are to be used for the standard primary cost of education (limited to tuition, fees, books, supplies, and cost of living allowances).

General eligibility requirements:

  • Be native Hawaiian (50% or more Hawaiian ancestry) or Homestead Lessee (25% or more Hawaiian ancestry);
  • Be enrolled as a full-time classified student in an accredited two-year, four-year or graduate degree program;
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 for undergraduates, 3.0 for graduate students.

The Hawai`i Community Foundation (HCF) will serve as the HHCS program administrator and handle all communication with applicants and recipients. All potential applicants are required to complete HCF’s Scholarship Seeker Application. Applications are made available starting January 1 through the HCF officers, or by calling 808-537-6333, or by e-mail at scholarships@hcf-hawaii.org. Downloadable applications are available at HCF’s website: www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org. Online registration is also available. The HHCS deadline is MARCH 1.

DHHL Requirements:

Native Hawaiian Ancestry Qualification: HCF will provide DHHL a list of potential applicants for the HHCS program. DHHL will contact each potential applicant to verify his/her native Hawaiian ancestry or eligibility to receive benefits as provided in the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920, as Amended (homestead lessee at least 25% Hawaiian ancestry). This process may require potential applicants to provide genealogy documentation to DHHL.

Volunteer Service: As part of the HHCS, recipients are required to participate in community volunteer projects that enhance the general welfare and conditions of the Hawaiian people and/or communities in return for the educational opportunity made possible by this scholarship. HHCS recommends community service projects or programs directly impacting Hawaiian homestead communities, agencies or organizations.
For additional information, please contact DHHL’s Planning Office at 808-620-9480.