ʻImi Naʻauao (search for knowledge) is a merit-based scholarship program available to graduate students. The amount of the scholarship award varies each year depending on the availability of Kamehameha Schools (KS) funds.
Award Information (Click to view)
All award notifications are mailed in late-April. Awardees are selected on their academic achievements, leadership qualities, and community service experience. Awarded applicants from the previous academic year are given preference, but scholarship awards are not guaranteed as the eligibility of the student is contingent upon their academic status and completion of community service requirements. The number of years a student is eligible to receive the ʻImi Naʻauao Scholarship is limited to two (2) academic years.
Community Service Requirement
All ʻImi Naʻauao award recipients are expected to maintain high academic standards while also sharing their mana‘o and leadership through community service. Each recipient must perform community service and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Requirements must be fulfilled by the deadline dates as detailed in the award’s Terms & Conditions. Incomplete requirements may result in a delay in award disbursement for subsequent terms and years.
All applicants must meet six (6) eligibility requirements to be considered for review.
1. Hawaiʻi resident
Applicants are required to be a Hawaiʻi resident at the time of application submission.
2. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
3. Conferred/anticipating a Bachelor’s degree by Spring 2018
This scholarship is for Graduate students. All applicants must currently have or be anticipating a Bachelor’s degree by Spring 2018.
4. Full-time student
Enrollment in a full-time graduate program is required. Applicants who are enrolling part-time must meet Kamehameha Schools non-traditional guidelines and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, if awarded.
Non-Traditional Guidelines (Click to view)
- Single Parent
- Sole Income Provider
- Disabled (Meets ADA Definition)
- Ward of the Court
Supporting documentation must be provided to KS to be given this special consideration. Click here to view the Non-traditional Table.
5. Classified, degree-seeking student
Enrollment in a classified, degree-seeking program is required.
Qualified Schools (Click to view)
- Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools – Commission on Higher Education
- Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities
- Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
Qualified Hawaiʻi institutions include:
- Argosy University
- Brigham Young University, Hawaiʻi campus
- Chaminade University of Honolulu
- Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Hawaiʻi campus
- Hawaiʻi Pacific University
- Hawaiʻi Tokai International College
- University of Hawaiʻi campuses and affiliated community colleges
- University of Phoenix
- Wayland Baptist University, Hawaiʻi campus
6. Meet Maximum Funding Guidelines
The funding limit for the ʻImi Naʻauao program is two (2) years regardless of degree. When determining the number of years a student has received funding from KS for a specific degree, both the Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi and ʻImi Naʻauao scholarships are included in the calculation. The table below provides the number of years a student can receive funding from KS by degree.
Maximum Funding Table (Click to view)
|Degree||Max Funding Eligibility|
|Masters (MA, MS, MBA)||3 years|
|Law/Medicine||As specified by the university|
|Total Graduate Eligibility||NHAP + Imi|
Reminders for Award Recipients
Award letters for the 2017-2018 academic year were mailed on April 24, 2017. Each ʻImi Naʻauao scholarship recipient is required to report community service hours and submit college transcripts to comply with awarding terms and conditions. Review the detailed information below on guidelines and important deadline dates.
If you were awarded a 2016-2017 scholarship, click here to view the ʻImi Naʻauao Scholarship 2016-2017 Terms & Conditions.
Community Service Requirement
To incorporate the values of servant leadership exemplified by our founder, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Kamehameha Schools (KS) requires all scholarship recipients to complete 100 hours of community service as part of the scholarship disbursement criteria. Failure to meet this requirement may result in a delay in award disbursement for subsequent years.
All award recipients must perform 100 hours of community service:
- For the 2017-2018 year: between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
The deadline to submit community service hours are:
- For the 2017-2018 year: July 10, 2018.
Community Service Portal (CSP) Access
The CSP provides convenient, 24/7 access to your community service activities. Use the CSP to log in and save your activities, then submit!
Please follow these instructions for CSP access:
- You must be a recipient of the ʻImi Naʻauao scholarship.
- Enter your legal name and birthdate.
- Select the appropriate award year.
- Register using the email you provided KS Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.
For more information:
We encourage recipients to access and navigate the CSP. Should you have any questions, we are glad to kōkua. Please call our Applicant Services Center or visit a Resource Center near you for assistance.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
ʻImi Naʻauao recipients must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) with cumulative & current GPA no less than a 3.0. Students must also earn credit for all of the courses they enroll in.
New! For the 2017-2018 year, please send your college transcripts directly to Hawaiʻi Community Foundation at the end of the academic year.
Helpful Information & Resources
Application and post-awarding guidelines are important to understand. Utilize the resources below to ensure you adhere to program guidelines.
- Glossary of Definitions – coming soon