2020-2021 Scholarship Application is now CLOSED.

Please visit our website next year for new requirements. Mahalo!


Criteria

GENERAL QUALIFICATION CRITERIA:

  • Be a resident of Hawai‘i.
  • Be a full-time student in an accredited two- or four-year college as a classified undergraduate student or a vocational program full-time student in or out of the State of Hawai‘i.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.5 for graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students. If cumulative G.P.A. is less than 2.5 provide a letter of explanation for consideration.
  • Priority is given to current paid members of Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu (HCCH), including directly related family members.
  • HCCH bylaws/policy gives preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry.

2020 Scholarship Essay Questions

The Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu was founded by Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole in 1918 with three objectives in mind at a time when socio- economic indicators were dismal for many Hawaiians. In order to help turn this situation around, Prince Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole had three founding objectives in mind when he established the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu:

1) Elevate (restore) the social status of Hawaiians
2) Elevate (restore) the intellectual status of Hawaiians
3) Increase pride in race heritage and Hawaiian identity

Since our club’s founding, there have been many efforts to help meet these objectives.

Choose and respond to only 2 questions from the list of 3 questions below. Your application will NOT be considered if you only answer 1 question or if you answer all 3 questions.

ESSAY QUESTIONS

ESSAY QUESTION #1: What is your ideal vision for the Hawaiian community in the next five years (short term) and 25 years (long term). (Be thoughtful and creative with this!)

ESSAY QUESTION #2: Prince Kūhiō had three founding objectives in mind when he established the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu: 1) Elevate (restore) the social status of Hawaiians 2) Elevate (restore) the intellectual status of Hawaiians and 3) Increase pride in race heritage and Hawaiian identity. Based on the three founding objectives, how will your educational major (college field of study) impact at least one of the founding objectives?

ESSAY QUESTION #3: What does Aloha ʻĀina mean to you?

Essays should be in clear narrative form and is largely based on your own opinion, experiences,
history and aspirations. Total essay should be no more than 750 words. Please download and complete our Scholarship Essay Form. Please be sure to address each point in the question you choose, be neat and complete.

Our kupuna taught us to be maiau—neat and careful in our work. In contrast, work that is kapulu careless, untidy, rushed, and incomplete – will be rated accordingly. Kulia i ka nuʻu – strive for the highest!

Your essays will be scored by the following criteria. Each essay will be worth a total of 50 points. An applicant must achieve a minimum score of 75% to be considered for an award.
Awards are subject to availability of funds.

Content: the essay contains sufficient information to explain and support the essay.

Grammar and Mechanics: the grammar, syntax, punctuation, and spelling are at a qualitative level that enhances the clarity and readability of the essay.

Style and Readability: the discussion is easy to read, contains word use appropriate to the topic, creative sentence structures, appropriate sentence length, and logical progression of ideas.

Essay as a Whole: The essay addresses the topic, follows the instructions, fits the image of a quality college essay discussion, and is submitted in a neatly presented format.

Downloads

Please complete your essay using the PDF forms below.
Choose and respond to only 2 questions.
Limit 750 words per essay.

Scholarship Essay Form 2020