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Scholarships

Scholarships are FREE money awarded to students based on merit (academic achievement) or financial need and they do not need to be repaid. There are many scholarships available and we can help you through the process which generally requires the completion of an application, and may also require submission of essays, personal statements, and/or letters of recommendation.

Leeward Community College & UH System Common Scholarship Application

Apply for Leeward Community College and UH System scholarships with ONE online application! These scholarships are open to students who are admitted as regular students attending any of the ten campuses of the University of Hawaii System. Check out the UH System Scholarships FAQ and Application Checklist for more information!

The application period for the academic year, 2023-2024: October 1, 2022 – March 1, 2023
To apply, click the button below then scroll to the bottom of the web page.

    You may search for Leeward CC and UH System Scholarships by campus and by keywords. Suggestions for keywords include programs, ethnicity, and donor.

    External Scholarships

    There are many community groups and private organizations that offer scholarship opportunities to students. Students are encouraged to search for scholarships online and within their communities.

    You may begin by checking out our videos (below) with helpful tips or browsing through our LeewardCC/UH System scholarships or a list of External scholarships.

    Scholarship Search – Best Practices And Tips

      • Start your scholarship search EARLY and pay attention to deadlines.
      • Applying for scholarships should be FREE. Do not pay to apply.
      • Use caution if asked to provide sensitive information. You should not provide information such as your social security number, bank account information, or credit card information.
      • Remember that not all scholarship websites are legitimate. Visit the Office of Inspector General website for more information on scholarship fraud and scams.
      • If awarded a scholarship, you must inform the Financial Aid Office of your scholarship by providing a copy of your scholarship award. External scholarships must be taken into consideration to determine financial aid eligibility.

    Scholarship Search Databases And Local Community And National Donors

    Scholarship search databases:

    Hawai‘i Promise

    You could be eligible. The Hawai‘i Promise Scholarship is a need-based award intended to be applied toward the unmet need of qualified students enrolled at any community college campus of the University of Hawai‘i. Awards are contingent upon funding and amounts are determined by the individual students’ FAFSA information. Recipients are selected based on the following criteria combined with the use of a selecting algorithm.

    Student Eligibility

      • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
      • Must be a State of Hawai‘i resident or qualify for exempt status that pays in-state tuition. 
      • Must be enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester within the UH System and at least 1 credit at the home institution.
      • Must be degree-seeking in a financial aid-eligible program.
      • Must not possess a bachelor’s degree.
      • Must be meeting Leeward CC’s Satisfactory Academic Progress policy

    Hawai’i Promise awards will be adjusted if unmet need changes.

    Hawaiʻi Promise provides aid for any financial needs not met by other forms of financial aid, such as federal grants and benefits and scholarships from UH or other sources. Its goal is to provide free in-state tuition for qualified UH Community College students and covers tuition, fees, books, supplies, and transportation.

    How Hawaiʻi Promise Works

    There are a number of steps for students to qualify for a Hawaiʻi Promise scholarship. First, a student must apply for federal financial aid, by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The federal government calculates the Expected Family Contribution, or what the student’s family can afford to pay. Twenty-five percent of the expected family contribution is applied to direct costs of attending college—tuition, fees, books supplies, and local transportation. The balance of the family contribution is applied to the room board and personal expenses.

    If eligible, a student may then be awarded Pell grant and Supplemental Education Opportunity grant money. A student may also be awarded various UH and UH Foundation scholarships and/or scholarships from other sources.

    If all these grants and award reviews are completed and the student still has an unmet need for direct costs, such as tuition, fees, and books, the student receives a Hawaiʻi Promise scholarship to cover any unmet direct costs.

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    Contact Information

    Contact the Financial Aid Office
    Please use your UH email account when communicating with us via email. Please also include your student ID # in your message. If you do not have a UH email account, “Get a UH Username!” to create an account. Our response time for emailed questions may take an estimated 3–5 business days during peak times.

    Hours:
    Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

    Address:
    96-045 Ala Ike, AD 201 (Student Services Welcome Center)
    Pearl City, HI 96782

    Phone: (808) 455-0606
    Fax: (808) 454-8804
    Email: lccfao@hawaii.edu
    Federal School Code: 004549