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$500K in Scholarships to Native Hawaiian Students

January 13, 2016, 9:48 AM HST
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Two scholarships are being offered by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, opening up $500,000 to post-secondary students of Native Hawaiian Ancestry.

Hawai’i Community Foundation administers the OHA Higher Education Scholarship and requires that in addition to being of Native Hawaiian ancestry, students must be enrolled either full or part time in an accredited two or four year college with a 2.0 or higher grade point average for undergraduate students and 3.0 or higher for graduate students.

“The scholarship money that we award represents our commitment to helping strengthen the future path of Native Hawaiian students,” said OHA Chairperson Robert K. Lindsey Jr. “It is also our contribution to their hope for a life where they can support a family and develop abilities they need for higher-skilled jobs.”

The OHA Native Hawaiian Science and Engineering Mentoship Program Scholarship is administered through the University of Hawai’i for Native Hawaiian students who are pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Students at UH campuses are eligible for the funding.

“Education is a great way for our Native Hawaiian students to uplift themselves and pursue higher-paying careers,” said Kamana‘opono Crabbe, Ka Pouhana, CEO of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, who was the first person in his family to get a doctorate degree. “I was able to get where I am today thanks to my education and am able to use that background to bring about positive change for our community.”

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Those eligible to apply for the scholarships should visit the OHA website for more information and to apply.

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