The Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi Program (NHAP) is a need-based scholarship available to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited post-high institution in the United States recognized by Kamehameha Schools (KS).
Determination of Need
The NHAP scholarship is an annual award. Award determination and potential scholarship amounts are calculated annually based on an applicant’s financial and educational circumstances. Renewal applicants are given a preference, but scholarship awards are not guaranteed as circumstances of an applicant may change from year to year. The maximum award amount is $8,000. All award notifications will be sent by the end of April 2018. The number of years a student is eligible for an award is limited and based upon the degree the student is pursuing.
Community Service Requirement
To encourage servant leadership and giving back to our communities, all NHAP award recipients must perform 50 hours of community service each academic year. Incomplete requirements may result in a delay in award disbursement for subsequent terms and years.
All applicants must meet the following five (5) eligibility requirements.
1. Hawaiʻi resident
Applicants are required to be a Hawaiʻi resident at the time of application submission. A Hawaiʻi resident is defined as living continuously in the State of Hawaiʻi for at least twelve (12) consecutive months prior to the date of application.
2. Full-time student
Enrollment in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program is required, however, non-traditional students enrolled half-time at a Hawaiʻi institution may be considered.
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.
3. Classified, degree-seeking student
Enrollment in a classified, degree-seeking program or a Teaching Certificate program is required. All other Certificate programs are not eligible for funding. Applicants must also be attending an accredited educational institution in the U.S. that is recognized by KS.
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
4. Have financial need
Applicants must demonstrate financial need through submission of a completed CSS Profile online application.
5. Meet Maximum Funding guidelines
The number of years a student is eligible for an award is limited and is based upon the degree the student is pursuing. Any disbursement for the school year, regardless of number of terms, credits or dollar amount, will be considered one year for maximum funding eligibility purposes.
When determining the number of years a student has received funding from KS, both the NHAP and ʻImi Naʻauao scholarships are included in the calculation. The following table provides the number of years a student may receive KS funding by degree.
Maximum Funding Table (Click to view)
|Degree||Max Funding Eligibility|
|Associate (AA or AS)||3 years|
|Bachelors (BA or BS)||5 years|
|Total Undergraduate Eligibility||5 years|
|Teaching Certificate (TC)||2 years|
|Masters (MA, MS, MBA)||3 years|
|Total Graduate Eligibility||NHAP + Imi|
|Professional Degrees* |
including, but not limited to:
•Chiropractic (D.C., D.C.M.)
•Dentistry (D.D.S., D.M.D.)
•Law (LL.B., J.D.)
•Medicine (M.B., M.D.)
•Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
•Podiatry (D.P.M., D.P., Pod.D.)
•Theology (M.Div, M.H.L., B.D., Ordination)
•Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M., V.M.D.)
|As specified by the university|
3 Steps to a Complete Application
To assist you in successfully submitting a Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi scholarship application, use this application guide to walk you through the process.
Step 1: Complete the CSS Profile
You are highly encouraged to watch the CSS Profile interactive video (Click here to view) for a thorough understanding of the online application process. This video will help you determine what materials should be gathered beforehand, and minimize the time spent completing your application.
While filling out your online CSS Profile application, remember the following important information:
- Enter your 2016 tax information
Provide tax information from your filed 2016 federal tax return.
- Enter Kamehameha Schools’ school code “0274”
The KS school code directs College Board to send your application to KS. KS will not receive your application if KS school code “0274” is not entered.
- Pay the CSS Profile Application Fee – $25
The following payment methods are accepted:
-Credit cards, debit cards or personal checks
-College Board Fee Waiver (if eligible, a fee waiver will be automatically applied to your application by College Board)
–KS Fee Payment Code for the CSS Profile
Step 2: Submit KS Certification Statement
Once your application is received by KS, you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail with your Student Web ID to access KS Net Partner. We will begin processing applications in late October.
For returning applicants, you can access your KS Net Partner using the same Student Web ID and PIN as you set in the prior year. However, you will only be able to view 2017-2018 application information until KS has received your 2018-2019 application.
Once you have access into KS Net Partner, you will be able to do the following:
1. Read, acknowledge (by selecting ‘yes’ or ‘no’), and submit your KS Certification Statement (required)
2. Review your current required KS document status.
Step 3: Submit Required Documents
All applicants are required to submit documents to complete the application. Please carefully read the directions provided below.
Reminders for Award Recipients
Each Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi scholarship recipient is required to complete 50 hours of community service and submit term transcripts to comply with awarding terms and conditions. Review guidelines and deadlines below.
If you were awarded a 2018-2019 scholarship,
click here to view the Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi Scholarship
2018-2019 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 50 hours of community service. Failure to meet this requirement may result in a delay in award disbursement for subsequent years.
All award recipients must perform 50 hours of community service:
- For the 2017-2018 year: between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018
- For the 2018-2019 year: between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019
The deadline to submit community service hours are:
- For the 2017-2018 year: July 17, 2018
- For the 2018-2019 year: July 8, 2019
Community Service Portal (CSP) Access
The CSP provides convenient, 24/7 access to your community service activities. Use the CSP to log in and submit your activities! We recommend submitting your community service immediately after you have performed the activity.
Please follow these instructions for CSP access:
- You must be a recipient of the Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi 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
Based on the academic calendar of your school, submission of each academic term’s transcript is required. Students are advised to submit college transcripts within 30 days after the term ends directly to their assigned Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi Scholarship Post-High Counselor (PHC).
- A requirement for award recipients is to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) with a current minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students must also earn credit for all of the courses they enroll in.
- Failure to maintain SAP will result in the recipient being placed on Provisional award status (a condition placed on award eligibility and disbursement) for the following academic term or, ultimately, award suspension and/or termination.
- If a recipient’s award is suspended or terminated due to failure to maintain SAP for two (2) consecutive terms, he/she may not be eligible for a scholarship in the following academic year.
Career & Post-High Counseling
Upon awarding of the Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi scholarship, counselors are assigned to help achieve college education and career goals. It is highly encouraged to utilize this resource to plan and stay on track during your academic journey.
Helpful Information & Resources
Application and post-awarding guidelines are important to understand. Utilize the resources below to ensure you adhere to program guidelines.
- Application Step-by-Step Guide
- Request a KS Fee Payment Code for the CSS Profile online application
- Quick Reference Chart for CSS Profile Application Questions
- Who do we require financial information from? Determine your Dependency Status.
- Non-traditional Student table
Contact Us for Kōkua
We encourage applicants to contact the Applicant Services Center (ASC) and visit our Resource Centers island-wide. Our staff is fully-trained on the scholarship process and can help you complete your application!
Select a location to view available contact options
Select a location to view contact information.
Applicant Services Center (ASC)/Hawaiian Hoʻoulu Data Center (HHDC)
KS Resource Center - Community Learning Center at Māʻili
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
87-790 Kulauku St
Waianae, HI 96792
KS Resource Center - Windward Mall
Select a location to view contact information.
KS Resource Center - East Hawaiʻi
1266 Kamehameha Avenue, Suite A5-A6
Hilo, Hawaiʻi 96720
KS Resource Center - West Hawaiʻi
The Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi Scholarship program uses College Board & IDOC. Get help with CSS Profile online application, IDOC document processing, and technical issues!
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 3:00 am – 12:00 pm Hawaii Standard Time
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
Extended service hours available from January through April
Monday – Friday: 3:00 am – 5:00 pm Hawaii Standard Time
Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
CSS Profile Customer Service
College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC)