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Pauahi Foundation, THINK Fund Scholarship

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The Hawai’i Island New Knowledge Fund application at the Pauahi Foundation opened earlier this month. This year the scholarship program will offer new, multi-year scholarships.

Individuals looking to pursue a science, technology, engineering, or math career path are eligible to apply for the THINK Fund, which is focused on providing essential scholarship funding to individuals interested in these study areas.

Among the qualifications for the scholarship are a minimum 2.5 GPA, status as a Big Island resident, STEM major or related field, full-time enrollment, and demonstration of financial need or merit achievement in current studies.

The foundation will award four, two-year graduate level scholarships up to $10,000 each year, five undergraduate level scholarships to a four-year institution at $5,000 each year for four years, and additional $3,500 per year for five scholarships at a two-year institution.


“With Hawai’i Island having the second largest population of Native Hawaiians in the state, our partnership with TMT provides much-needed financial support for Hawaiian learners from Hawai’i Island to pursue educational opportunities in STEM,” said Keaew Liu, Pauahi Foundation Executive Director.

In addition to the qualifications, requirements include an online application, submission of official transcripts from either high school or college, a college acceptance letter if not currently enrolled as a college student, a Student Aid Report from the free application for federal student aid, also known as FAFSA, a demonstrated interest in Hawaiian language, culture or history, and a commitment to contribute to the greater community.

Additional information regarding the scholarships can be obtained through the THINK Fund at the Pauahi Foundation by calling (808) 534-396 or e-mailing [email protected].


Deadline for scholarship applications is March 20 at 4:15 p.m.

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