General Foundation Questions
How many Foundation scholarships are available this year?
The number of available scholarship funds is specific to each of the campuses. Please check the Scholarship Listing handout provided to you.
Do I have to be a state of Hawai‘i resident and/or attend a college/university in Hawai‘i to apply?
No, not necessarily. A majority of scholarships are not restricted to Hawai‘i residents. However, there are some scholarships that do require applicants to be Hawai‘i residents or require you to attend a college/university in Hawai‘i. Refer to the Scholarship Listing for specific criteria.
Is there a difference between the Pauahi Foundation scholarship program and the Kamehameha Schools Post-High Financial Aid Nā Ho‘okama a Pauahi Program?
Yes, there is and you may want to consider applying for both. Foundation scholarships are funded by private donors and are awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or donor specified criteria. Kamehameha Schools scholarships are funded annually by the Kamehameha Schools endowment through the Kamehameha Schools budgeting process, which is separate from the Foundation’s funds. Therefore, the programs are different as is the application process. We advise that you review both programs and if you are eligible, apply for both. Visit Kamehameha Schools’ Financial Aid web site at www.ksbe.edu/finaid for details or call (808) 534-8080.
Scholarship Application Questions
Can I apply for more than one Foundation scholarship?
Yes, as long as you fulfill the eligibility requirements for all scholarships you apply for.
I’ve tried to login, but the system isn’t letting me proceed. What do I do?
The online system has certain checks and balances to ensure that you are a registered Kamehameha Schools senior. Make sure that you:
- Are using your @imua.ksbe.edu email address to register
- Are creating a valid password, to include 6-8 characters and are using one non-alpha/non-numeric character, such as !, @, #, $, %, ^, &, *, etc.
I’m writing my essays, but the system is cutting off my entry. What do I do?
All essay entries have a limitation of 3,000 characters which includes characters spaces and returns. The counter at the bottom of the entry block indicates the number of characters you have remaining and will display a negative number if you are over the 3,000 character limit. You will need to edit your entry down to the 3,000 character limit.
Why can’t I click on the “Review Documentations” tab?
The “Review Documentations” tab will only become clickable after you’ve submitted your online application, i.e. you will need to have clicked the “Submit” button at the end of the online application.
How can I retrieve my forgotten password?
If you’ve forgotten your password, click on the “Forgot your password?” phrase on the bottom of the login page. It will allow you to reset your password through your @imua.ksbe.edu email address.
May I make changes to my online application once it has been submitted?
No, once your online application is submitted request for changes must be submitted in writing to the Foundation. This request must be received by the deadline and may be sent via mail, fax or e-mail (email@example.com).
How do I add another scholarship fund if I’ve already clicked the “Submit” button?
Only scholarship funds that do not require an additional essay may be added by notifying us prior to the deadline via mail, fax or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Who selects the scholarship recipients?
From February through April, scholarship committees established by the Foundation will evaluate all qualified applicants for each scholarship and select the awardees based on the requirements established by donors.
When will I know if I have been selected to receive a scholarship?
Notification letters will be mailed in May.
If I am applying for an art scholarship requiring samples of work, how should I submit my portfolio?
Only hardcopy portfolios with high quality color prints and/or copies of work will be accepted for review. CDs and digital copies of your work will not be accepted. Include a cover page with your full name, contact information and Pauahi Foundation applicant I.D. number. Portfolios will not be returned and will be retained as part of our records once submitted.
I will also be applying for the scholarships offered to the general public, will I need to submit another official transcript?
No. If you applied to Foundation scholarships for Kamehameha seniors and checked the box within the online application stating that you are giving us authority to ask for your transcripts on your behalf, you will not need to submit another official transcript.
Letters of Recommendation
What if I don’t have any community person that is able to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf?
The requirement of submitting a letter of recommendation is to gain insight on your character, who you are as a person and to gauge your potential for a successful educational career. Anyone who you’ve come in contact with that is able to comment on your character, overall achievement, community service and potential for success can be asked to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
Can a family member write a letter of recommendation (LOR) on my behalf?
No. Letters of recommendation from family members are not accepted. If an LOR is found to be from a family member and you are awarded a scholarship, the scholarship will be rescinded and awarded to the next eligible ranked student.
What if my writer misses the deadline to submit my letter of recommendation?
If your letter writer misses the deadline for submission of your letter of recommendation your application will be deemed incomplete and not considered for any scholarship. We highly suggest you monitor the status of all requests for letters of recommendation through the Manage Letters of Recommendation tab on your online application.
If Selected As A Recipient
If selected to receive a scholarship, when will I receive the check?
The dual-party checks will be disbursed in July to the designated institution listed on your signed Agreement Form. Check with your institution for their disbursement policy.
If I am awarded a scholarship and decide to change institutions from the stated institution on my application, am I still eligible?
Awards are based on the information provided from the applicant and according to the criteria set forth by the donors. A re-evaluation of the new information will be made and you will be notified of the decision.
If selected, can I defer the awarding of my scholarship?
No. The Foundation has a strict spend policy that we adhere to. If you are unable to utilize the funds for the academic year it is being awarded for, you will forfeit the scholarship.
If I am awarded a scholarship from The Pauahi Foundation and the Kamehameha Schools Nā Ho‘okama a Pauahi Scholarship Program, am I eligible to receive both?
Yes. The funding sources for the two programs are as diverse as our selections. If you are offered both, you are eligible to receive both.