Aloha and welcome to the Kamehameha Scholars Website! This website is your first source of information to learn about the Kamehameha Scholars program and what we offer our high school and first-year college participants.
Also, currently enrolled scholars are able to use this site to find assignments, check on upcoming events on our calendar, read the latest news regarding our program as well as opportunities in the community, practice oli, and more.
The mission of the Kamehameha Scholars program is to provide proactive support and guidance for native Hawaiian high school students to successfully prepare for and be admitted to a post-secondary institution. The program is a supplementary educational enrichment program with a focus on college and career guidance. Students will discover and assess their skills, interests, and values and explore matching post-high institutions and career options to develop plans for their future. Recently, Kamehameha Scholars has also begun offering counseling and guidance services to first-year college students, both from its current community program as well as Kamehameha Schools campus students who self-elect to participate in the program upon their graduation from high school.
Kamehameha Scholars is a year-round program, beginning with an introduction to the program for new scholars during the summer prior to their first year in the program. Workshops and other guidance activities are held during non-school times—primarily weekends, evenings, and school intersessions—at various times during the school year.
Scholars in grades 9-12 earn points for attending program activities and completing required assignments during the course of their enrollment with Kamehameha Scholars. Those points are translated to dollars, and each scholar who remains in our program through high school graduation will earn a merit scholarship to be used toward his or her college education.
Through enrollment in the Kamehameha Scholars program, our scholars have the opportunity to gain skills that will help them be successful in high school, college, and beyond; they will be able to effectively plan and implement their plans for life after high school; they will be offered real-world experiences while learning more about college and careers; and they will make friendships that will last a lifetime. But our Scholars are also held to high standards. Scholars are expected to attend workshops, complete assignments, and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 at their schools in order to remain enrolled in the program.
Students enrolling in high school (grades 9-12) in the upcoming school year, who reside on the islands of Hawai’i, O’ahu, Kaua’i, or Maui and do NOT currently attend one of Kamehameha Schools' three campuses, are eligible to apply for our community program. Applications will be available each March for the following school year. For more information, or to have an application mailed to you, please call the Admissions Office at 808-842-8800 or toll free at 800-842-4682 ext. 8800.