Kona Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship

$20,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
4/30/2023Submission Deadline

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The Kona Hawaiian Civic Club (KHCC) established its scholarship program to foster representation of students of Hawaiian ancestry at the post-secondary education level. KHCC seeks to inspire academic achievement and consequently improve the social and economic welfare of students in the community.

The annual Kona Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship is open to high school graduating seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students at post-secondary institutions who are both residents of Hawaii and of Hawaiian descent. The scholarship amount and number of awardees vary every year, depending on the availability of funds.

Applicants should be studying Hawaiian studies or related fields with a focus on the promotion and perpetuation of Native Hawaiian attitudes and values. Applicants should have achieved a GPA of at least 2.5 from their high schools and maintained a GPA of at least 3.0 at their current post-secondary institutions.

Key Information of Kona Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study

Hawaiian Studies

Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools


Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate
  • Vocational/Technical School

Award Amount


Number of Awards


Kona Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship Timeline

January 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications open on January 2.

April 2023

Submission deadline

The submission deadline is on April 30.

September 2023

Awards Announcement and Disbursement

Winners are announced and awards are disbursed in September.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: College Freshman – Undergraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: 2.5
  • Geographic Eligibility: Hawaii
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Native Hawaiian

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • School Verification
  • Essay
  • Short Answers
  • Recommendation letters
  • Grade transcript

How to ace the Kona Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship


Choose the right recommenders

Your two recommendation letters should be written by teachers, counselors, ministers, and/or employers who actually know you. If they don’t actually have relationships with you, they will not be able to speak about who you are as a student and as a person.


Make your personal statement personal

This is the main part of the scholarship where the selection committee gets to connect to your story. Avoid abstractions and write the statement in a way that is true to you. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable.


Review your application

Go through your entire application to ensure you’ve provided all the required information and accurately answered all the questions. Missing documents will result in instant disqualification. Also, perform grammar checks before submitting.


Prepare for your interview

Do not wing that interview! Practice what you’re going to say and how you’re going to say it beforehand. You could ask a trusted friend or family member to act like the scholarship committee and run through potential questions with you.

How the Kona Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship is Judged

The scholarship committee assesses candidates with respect to their demonstrated academic and non-academic achievements, passion for their chosen career paths, financial need, and commitment to serving their communities and preserving Hawaiian culture. Attention to detail, timeliness, and quality of presentation will also be considered. Candidates will be interviewed by the scholarship committee after applications are submitted.

Why We Love the Kona Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship


Previous scholars can re-apply

The scholarship is not automatically renewable; however, previous recipients can re-apply year after year if they wish to receive continued funding. Such students will not be required to submit new personal statements but must provide a one-page update of their progress and their accomplishments.


Recipients are celebrated

The scholarship awards are presented to recipients at a general membership meeting, which is held on the first Thursday of every month. This is also a great opportunity for recipients to build their network within the community.


Open to community and vocational college students

Students, who are enrolled in two-year community colleges or vocational schools, are also eligible to apply for the scholarship.

5 Facts About Kona Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship


Priority is given to KHCC members

KHCC members (in good standing) and their relatives are given priority in scholarship considerations.


Residents of West Hawaii are given preference

Preference is given to applicants who are residents of West Hawaii.


Payment is made directly to the institution

Scholarship checks are mailed to the recipients’ institutions, to be used for fees, books, and any other education expenses.


Applicants must participate in KHCC functions

Applicants - not just recipients- will be required to participate in at least two Kona Hawaiian Civic Club functions.


KHCC is over 50 years old

The club was first organized in February 1952.

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