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 mailed by the end of April 2017. 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
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission (NCA-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. 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|
|Law/Medicine||As specified by the university|
3 Steps to a Complete Application
2015 Tax Year Information
- Submit your 2015 tax information & documents!
- Important! If you were not required to file a 2015 federal tax return, submit a Non-tax Filer Statement to IDOC. This is a required document to complete your application.
*A W2 Substitute form is not accepted in place of a Non-tax Filer’s Statement. Login to your IDOC student account to complete the 2015 Non-tax Filer Statement.
To assist you in successfully submitting an on-line application, use this application guide to walk you through the process.
Step 1: Complete CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®
You are highly encouraged to watch the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® interactive video (Click here to view) for a thorough understanding of the online application process. This video will help you to determine what materials should be gathered beforehand, and minimize the time spent completing your application. You may also use our Application Step-by-Step Guide (Click here to download) to guide you through the process.
While filling-out your online CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® registration & application, be mindful of the following:
- Enter your 2015 tax information
Provide tax information from your filed 2015 Federal Tax Return.
- Enter Kamehameha Schools’ CSS Code “0274”
Located in Registration Section: College and Program Search to ensure that KS receives your CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® online application.
- Pay the CSS Application Fee – $25
The following payment methods for the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® application are acceptable:
-Credit cards, debit cards or personal checks
-College Board Fee Waiver
–CSS Fee Payment Code (Click here for more information)
Step 2: Submit KS Certification Statement
KS will send an acknowledgement letter and e-mail with your Student Web ID to access Net Partner. Please allow 1-2 days after you submit your online application to receive our notice.
Once you have access into Net Partner, you will be able to do the following:
1. Read, acknowledge, and submit your KS Certification Statement (required)
2. Review your current document statuses.
3. View important messages from our office.
Step 3: Submit Required Documents
All applicants are required to submit documents to help us determine your financial need. Please carefully read the directions provided below.
Reminders for Award Recipients
Award letters for the 2016-2017 academic year were mailed on July 1, 2016. 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.
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 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 50 hours of community service:
- For the 2015-2016 year: between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.
- For the 2016-2017 year: between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.
The deadline to submit community service hours are:
- For the 2015-2016 year: July 31, 2016.
- For the 2016-2017 year: July 11, 2017.
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 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.
Review these helpful resources 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.
- 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
- Quick Reference Chart for CSS/PROFILE Application Questions
- Who do we require financial information from? Determine your Dependency Status.
- Non-traditional Student table
- College Acceptance Letter (CAL) examples
- Verification of Program/Degree
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 - Kapālama
KS Resource Center - Community Learning Center at Nānākuli
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)