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Apply Now for HMSA Kaimana Scholarship

November 24, 2021, 11:33 AM HST
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Hawai‘i Medical Service Association is again providing an opportunity for graduating high school students to apply for scholarship assistance to continue their education on the college level.

It’s National Scholarship Month and HMSA is celebrating the 17th year of its annual Kaimana Awards and Scholarship Program. The program honors Hawai‘i high school seniors and their schools for excellence in academics, athletics, community service, healthy activities and sportsmanship.

“We continue to support our local students as they pursue goals in higher education,” said HMSA senior vice president and chief community engagement officer Kathryn S. Matayoshi. “Our Kaimana Awards and Scholarship Program helps to recognize the future leaders of our state and helps them celebrate their achievements in education.”

Applications are now available online and open to graduating high school seniors.

To be eligible, applicants must graduate from a Hawai‘i high school in 2022 with a 2.75 or higher grade-point average. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, requirements were relaxed; participation in athletics and involvement in community service are encouraged but not required.


Applicants must also submit an official transcript, write a personal statement and essay about community and well-being and submit two letters of recommendation from school faculty, mentors or coaches.


HMSA will award up to 15 students $5,000 scholarships each.

Recipients can use the scholarships to pay for tuition, books, computers and room and board. Scholarship use is subject to National Collegiate Athletic Association rules and regulations for those participating in collegiate sports.

To apply, click here. All applications must be received by Friday, Feb. 25, 2022.


HMSA has sponsored the Kaimana Awards and Scholarship Program since 2005 in partnership with the Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association.

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