Hoʻoulu Scholarship Program
What is the Hoʻoulu Scholarship Program?
This Scholarship Program is funded by Kamehameha Schools and Chaminade University. The vision of this program is to train a new generation of Hawaiian scientists, health practitioners, forensic specialists, environmental professionals and business leaders who are equally grounded in science and culture. We seek promising young scientists and future entrepreneurs who are ready to lead the charge for a healthy, prosperous, just, and sustainable lāhui of the future.
Ho’oulu seeks to support the brightest and the best. We match your commitment to the future of Hawai‘i with our commitment to transformative levels of financial, academic and personal support.
Who should apply? Here’s who we are looking for:
- Are you passionate about science, technology and seeking solutions to humanity’s biggest challenges?
- Are you planning a career in science and technology, from healthcare to entrepreneurship, from lab research to policymaking, from the environment to cyberspace?
- Are you attracted to one of our cutting-edge majors in Biology, Biochemistry, Forensic Sciences, Data Science, Analytics and Visualization (DSAV)?
- Do you wish to explore a science education enriched by Hawaiian and Pacific culture and knowledge?
What benefits does the Hoʻoulu Scholarship Program provide?
- Full tuition assistance (100% of tuition not to exceed the published amount) for 4 years
- Consideration for partial housing subsidy for on- or off-campus housing for neighbor island or rural Oahu students
- Academic support services to promote on-time graduation (including professional tutoring and specially trained Academic Navigator faculty advisors).
- Participation in Chaminade’s four-year graduation guarantee.
- Access to post-graduate career paths via Chaminade’s suite of articulation agreements with medical and graduate schools.
- Paid internships for professional development.
- Financial support for career development activities such as MCAT and GRE preparation.
What is an eligible program of study?
Bachelors of Science degrees (BS) in Biology, Biochemistry, Forensic Sciences, Environmental Studies, Nursing (BSN) or Data Science, Analytics and Visualization (DSAV). Students majoring in BA or BS in Business are also eligible for consideration. Students in the pre-health professions (not including Nursing) must declare a major in one of the Bachelor of Science degree programs noted above (Biology, Biochemistry) to be considered for the scholarship.
- Admitted first-year or transfer applicant
- Pursue a degree in one of the qualifying programs of study as noted above
This scholarship gives preference to applicants of Native Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.
- Admitted first-year students pursuing majors in Biology, Biochemistry, Forensic Sciences, Data Science, Analytics and Visualization (DSAV), Environmental Studies, Nursing or Business.
- 2.50 Cumulative High School GPA
- SAT SCORE OF 1000 or ACT COMPOSITE SCORE OF 19
- Admitted transfer students pursuing majors in Biology, Biochemistry, Forensic Sciences, Data Science, Analytics and Visualization (DSAV), Environmental Studies, Nursing or Business.
- 2.50 Cumulative College GPA
Maintaining Scholarship Eligibility
- 2.50 minimum cumulative GPA.
- File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year to be considered for need-based Federal and Institutional aid. Visit (fafsa.ed.gov) for assistance.
- Fully participate and abide by all of the Terms and Conditions provided upon receipt of the scholarship award.
How to Apply
Submit an application for admission (chaminade.edu/apply) indicating a major in Biology, Biochemistry, Forensic Sciences, Environmental Studies, Data Science, Analytics and Visualization (DSAV), Nursing or Business. Students interested in Pre-health must indicate a Biology, Biochemistry or FS major (not including nursing) to be eligible for consideration.
Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year to be considered for Federal and Institutional need-based financial AID assistance: (fafsa.ed.gov)
Submit the Ho`oulu Scholarship application and supporting documents including contact information for two references (name, email, phone number, and academic position) and an academic resume detailing extra-curricular activities and internships.
Submit a 500-word personal statement that addresses the following questions:
- How have you prepared both academically and in extracurricular activities for college and your intended major?
- What academic or external challenges might you face or have you faced in the past and how did you navigate these challenges?
- How do you plan to give back to your community after earning your degree?
- What are your career goals, including intention to pursue a graduate degree, and how do you think being a Ho’oulu Scholar will help you?
Native Hawaiian applicants should provide a copy of their birth certificate or Ho’oulu Hawaiian Data Center Certification indicating their Native Hawaiian ancestry as preference is given to these applicants to the extent permitted by law. The birth certificate/Hawaiian Data Center Certification should be mailed to the Admissions Office at Chaminade University, 3140 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816.
Full tuition assistance (100% of tuition not to exceed the published amount)
Scholarship Application Form and Deadline
Priority consideration will be given to applicants who file the scholarship application and submit the required supporting documents by March 15, 2019
Applicants not applying by the March 15 priority date must complete the application process by April 1, 2019 to be considered for the scholarship.
Applicants will be officially notified in writing prior to May 1, 2019 if they are selected for the scholarship.