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
- Pacific Rim University
6. Meet Maximum Funding Guidelines
The funding limit for the ʻImi Naʻauao program is two (2) years regardless of degree. Any disbursement made during a school year is considered one year for maximum funding eligibility purposes (ex. When a student is disbursed in the Fall term, but not disbursed in Spring, the student is still considered to have been funded for one year). 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|
|Masters (MA, MS, MBA)||3 years|
|Total Graduate Eligibility||NHAP + Imi|
Reminders for Award Recipients
To view the outcome of your application online, visit Hawaii Community Foundation. 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 2018-2019 scholarship,
click here to view the ʻImi Naʻauao 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 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 2018-2019 year: between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019
- For the 2019-2020 year: between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020
The deadline to submit community service hours are:
- For the 2018-2019 year: July 8, 2019
- For the 2019-2020 year: July 8, 2020
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, download the CSP Step-by-Step Guide.
We encourage recipients to access and navigate the CSP. Should you have any questions, we are glad to kōkua. Please call a KS Resource Center 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. For 2018-2019 scholarship recipients, please send your college transcripts directly to Hawaiʻi Community Foundation at the end of the academic year.