2014 Scholarship

General Qualification Criteria:

    • Be a resident if Hawai‘i
    • Be a full-time student in an accredited two- or four-year college as either a classified undergraduate or graduate 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
    • Have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 for graduate students
    • Priority is given to members of HCCH in good standing, including directly-related family members.
  • HCCH policy is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry.

Application Checklist – In order to process your application, you will need to send the following items:

    1. A completely and correctly filled-out HCCH 2014 Scholarship Application Form. [APPLICATION HERE]
    1. A photocopy of your birth certificate (no originals, please) showing Hawaiian descent, if any.
    1. Your completed 2014 HCCH Scholarship Essay (see below).
    1. An official copy of your most recent transcript (within last six months of this application) must be sent to HCCH by or before May 23, 2014. A transcript for schoolwork beyond the past six months may be submitted with an explanation (returning to school, family, etc.).
  1. A photocopy of your Letter of Acceptance from the institution you will be attending for a graduate program (first year only). 

2014 Scholarship Essay

The Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu was founded by Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana
ʻole 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 95 years ago, 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 numerous entities created that also help meet these objective from government institutions to social programs to cultural organizations (i.e., Ali‘i Trusts, Department of Hawaiian Homelands, Alu Like, Nā Pua No‘eau, hālau hula and many, many more).

Essay (part 1) – In your opinion, what is the current status of Hawaiian social conditions, education and cultural well-being. 25%

Essay (part 2) – For each of the three founding objectives above, identify at least two institutions/entities that work to help achieve each objective and how. Cite your own experiences with any of these, and if you feel they have been successful or not, and why. (35%)

Essay (part 3) – 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! 40%

Essay should be in clear narrative form and is largely based on your own opinion, experiences and aspirations. Total essay should be no less than 500 words, and no more than 750.

12 pt. font, double spaced. Please be sure to address each point in each of the three essay part, be neat and complete.

The HCCH Scholarship Committee will consider each complete, qualified application based largely on the quality of the essay you compose and submit. Essay content and word count is based on English language submission. However, essays in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i will be accepted and rated accordingly, but do not earn extra points. 

Our kūpuna taught us to be maiau – neat and careful in our work.

 In contrast, work that is kāpulu – careless, untidy, rushed, and incomplete – will be rated accordingly.

Kūlia i ka nu‘u – strive for the highest!

You may find these suggestions helpful:

    • The essay should not be longer than two typed, double spaced pages using 12 pt. font. Under these guidelines the total number of words will be about 500. It is not necessary to repeat the question as that will use up space for your answer. You can reference the question in the form of numbers, i.e., “The answer to #1 is…”
  • Your application will be reviewed to ensure all requirements have been completed, i.e. clear and concise answers/quotes or citations are encouraged, organization, clarity of thought and depth of analysis.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the scholarship award?The amount of the award is determined by the HCCH Scholarship Awards Subcommittee. Awards vary and are based on academic standing, the quality of the essay and the completeness of the application package. Scholarship checks are made payable to the scholarship recipient and the post-high institution and are mailed directly to the university or college financial aid office.

What can I use the scholarship award for?

Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and other educational expenses. These are one year scholarships, and you must re-apply each year for continued funding. You are not guaranteed an award each year.

Deadlines for 2014 Scholarship Applications

    • March 14, 2014: Program opens, application and essay question available online.
    • April 30, 2014: Postmarked deadline for receiving completed HCCH application, essay, and copy of birth certificate. The April 30th deadline is firm. Due to minimal staffing, applications being sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, will only be accepted from March 14 through April 20. No exceptions are made.
  • May 23, 2014: Postmarked deadline for receiving applicants’ transcripts.

Mail your application packet to:

Mail the completed application packet and transcripts to the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu at the following address by the stated deadlines:

Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu Scholarship Committee c/o Elmer K. Ka‘ai, Jr. Chairperson P.O. Box 2056 Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96805

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