Scholarships for Native Hawaiian students

Starting February 8 through March 30, 2012, over 40 college and other post-high school scholarships will be available for eligible applicants through Ke Ali'i Pauahi Foundation, a non-profit support organization to Kamehameha Schools.

“Through the generosity of our donors, the Foundation is fortunate to offer financial assistance to Native Hawaiian students across the nation,” said Kalei Stern, executive director at Ke Ali‘i Pauahi Foundation. “The scholarships cover various areas of study including Hawaiian studies and language, business and education.”

Scholarship applications are open to the general public, including students who are not graduates of Kamehameha Schools.  The Myron & Laura Thompson Scholarship for those pursing a degree in the field of early childhood education and the Goldman Sachs/Matsuo Takabuki Commemorative Scholarship for graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in business or a financial services related field are just a few of the many scholarships being offered for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Most scholarships are for individuals who will be classified, full-time students at an accredited institution. Applicants must also be enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university degree program and demonstrate satisfactory academic achievement and merit.

Additionally, certain scholarships may require applicants to demonstrate financial need.  Select scholarships are also available to individuals who are enrolled on a part-time basis, or attending an accredited vocational or trade institution. A complete listing of scholarships, the guidebook and online application are available at

The online application and required documents must be submitted on or before March 30, 2012. Ke Alii Pauahi Foundation will not accept post-marked materials.  

“The online application process makes it easier for the students to apply,” said Mavis Shiraishi-Nagao, scholarship administrator at Ke Ali‘i Pauahi Foundation. “However, it is very important that the students start the process early by reading the guidebook and preparing the required documents prior to applying.”

For more information, call (808) 534-3966 or e-mail The Foundation’s policy is to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.

Founded in 2001, Ke Ali‘i Pauahi Foundation is a Hawai‘i non-profit corporation recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable support organization of Kamehameha Schools. The Foundation’s mission is to support Kamehameha Schools’ mission by seeking and developing new and diverse sources of income to support the ever-increasing educational needs and goals of people of Hawaiian ancestry.


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