OHA offers need-based scholarships to UH campuses

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs will be offering $1 million for need-based scholarships for Native Hawaiians attending University of Hawaii campuses for the next two years.

The Ho’ona’auao Higher Education Scholarship program aligns with UH’s and OHA’s commitments to better serve Native Hawaiian students and to improve college access, college affordability, student support and graduation, a UH news release said.

The scholarships are expected to support about 200 Native Hawaiian students each year with awards ranging from $2,000 for students at community colleges, $3,000 for undergraduates at four-year universities and $4,000 for graduate students.

“There’s a need, a gap in the educational attainment of Native Hawaiians in the state,” said project director Joshua Kaakua. “But it’s on its way up. . . . And if we can improve education, research shows it can affect other measures of individual and community well-being, everything from economic opportunity to quality of life.”

Last year, the UH-OHA partnership awarded scholarships to 181 students across the state.

The scholarship is available to all current and potential students seeking a degree at any of the 10 campuses in the UH system via the online portal uhsys.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com. Applications are available from Oct. 1 to March 1.

Priority consideration will be given to:

• Nontraditional students (including student parents).

• First-generation college students.

• Science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors.

• Education / teaching majors.

For more information about the scholarship and application process, visit the UH-OHA Ho’ona’auao Scholarship website at www.hawaii.edu/offices/aa/stem/programs/stem-diversity/oha-scholarship or send an email to ohastem@hawaii.edu.