Scholarships and Institutional Grants

All institutional scholarships and grants, which are not necessarily listed below, require full-time enrolmment (12-plus credit hours per semester) to receive the award. Institutional scholarships and grants will not disburse until the student has started at least 12 credit hours of courses. Failure to maintain full-time ernollment may reslut in a loss of these awards.


HPU offers competitive merit scholarships and other need and non-need scholarships/grants through the admissions process. New incoming freshmen and transfer students are automatically considered for all available merit scholarships at the time of admissions. No separate application is required.

Continuing/returning students may receive their Merit Scholarships in subsequent years based on the guidelines/restrictions of the awards.

Full-time, degree seeking, undergraduate freshman applicants are considered for academic merit scholarships at the time of admission based on academic abilities. Academic merit scholarships are applied towards tuition. To determine your academic merit scholarship eligibility, please complete an application for undergraduate admission.


For information on specific opportunities for new freshmen, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Transfer student applicants are considered for academic merit scholarships at the time of admission based on academic abilities. Academic merit scholarships are applied towards tuition. To determine your academic merit scholarship eligibility, please complete an application for undergraduate admission.

For information on specific opportunities for transfer students, please see below.


Transfer Merit Scholarships

Cumulative College Transfer GPA Merit Amount

3.75-4.00 $7,000

3.50-3.74 $6,000

3.25-3.49 $4,000

3.00-3.24 $3,000


There are a number of donor-funded endowed and annual scholarships that are generally for continuing/returning students and are awarded through an application process in the academic year. The Financial Aid Office will notify all continuing students when the application process is open and the deadline. This process is normally in the early spring term for the upcoming academic year. There are a few endowed/annual scholarships available for Graduate students as well.


For information on specific opportunities for currently enrolled students, please see below.


Graduate Assistantships fund a portion of tuition for up to four semesters, not including summer terms. The Assistantship requires that the awardee be attending as a full-time graduate student (enrolled in at least 9 credits each semester) and participate in 10 to 19 hours a week (depending on the award) in research, academic, or administrative experiences during the semester, outside the degree requirements. Graduate Assistants will work with faculty and scholars in their field and be assigned activities by the program director, which will add value to development as a student. The Assistantship is renewable for up to four semesters, contingent on remaining in good academic standing. Assitantships are available to domestic and international students. The Graduate Assistantship covers tuition only; fees, books, and living expenses are the responsibility of the student.

If you would like to be considered for a graduate assistantship, please refer to your specific program for details.

As the largest private university in Hawaii’i we believe it is our responsibility to find ways to give back to the community around us. At HPU one of our core values is Kuleana, and with this scholarship we hope to provide Hawai’i's working professionals the support they need to pursue their graduate education right here in Hawai’i, blending both quality academics and flexible programs that fit into your schedule. 

A graduate student who intends to register for only six credits per semester (part-time) may apply. Scholarship is valid for two semesters (fall and spring), and may not be applied to summer terms. A new application must be completed for each academic year. Scholarship is valued at $1,200 per semester for AY 2017-18.

Priority Deadline:
• Fall Entry – June 30th 
• Spring Entry – November 30th


Hawaii Pacific University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and plays in the association's Pacific West Conference, the PacWest. We offer 14 competitive sports in total; 6 Men’s teams and 8 Women’s teams. A limited amount of athletic scholarships are available upon the discretion of the sport’s head coach.

MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: To learn more about information on participating in intercollegiate athletics, please visit our website at To contact us, please call our Athletics Department at (808) 356-5214, or email us at To get in touch with staff and coaches directly, please visit


This information is voluntarily provided and HPU is not liable for any mis-information and does not receive any endorsements of any kind from the listed "external" sources of financial aid. The opportunity to apply for the same scholarship may be available next year if the deadlines have since passed.

The Army Health Professions Scholarship Program is available for students who have been accepted to Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy, Dentistry, Optometry, Clinical or Counseling Psychology, or Veterinary Medicine Programs.

For more information please visit

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund is a national organization dedicated to the financial scholarship needs of Asian and Pacific Islander American students.

For more information please visit Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

The Gates Millennium Scholars program promotes academic excellence and provides opportunities for outstanding minority students with significant financial need.

For more information please visit GMSP

Hawaii Community Foundation oversees over 150 scholarship funds of which eligibility and criteria may vary. Students may be awarded one or more scholarships.

For more information please visit Hawaii Community Foundation

Hawaii Education Association offers scholarships to individuals (or their dependents) who have at least one year membership in HEA.

For more information please visit Hawaii Education Association

Kamehameha Schools Post-High Scholarships provide funds for students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

For more information please visit Kamehameha Schools

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration’s Nursing Scholarship Program offers scholarships to students who are enrolled in an accredited nursing school or program.

For more information please visit HRSA Health Workforce

The SMART Scholarship Program offers full scholarships to undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

For more information please visit SMART Program

The Kristina Flores Overcoming All Odds Scholarship is meant to help students that have overcome difficult obstacles to get a great education. Our goal is to help with some assistance to a student that will not give up on their dreams.

For more information please visit Kristina Flores Overcoming All Odds Scholarship


Hawai‘i Pacific University will provide a special Summer Grant to select students to assist with tuition expenses for summer school. Consideration will be automatically given to all registered students  enrolled in 6 credit hours or more for summer school courses in the College of Business, College of Extended and Interdisciplinary Education, College of Health and Society (Pre-Nursing, Public Health, Social Work only), College of Liberal Arts, or College of Natural and Computational Science, who are not receiving other significant external or internal funding, degree-seeking, first bachelor’s degree and have an accumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater. Round 1 awards review will include students registered by March 1,  and Rounds 2 awards review for students registered by March 1 and no later than May 6. Students planning to enroll in an approved Study Abroad program through HPU will qualify for the Summer Grant if they pay tuition to HPU for this program.

Kama‘aina students living in or returning to Hawai‘i for the summer are eligible based on your or the parent’s Hawaii state ID. The grant is open to anyone taking undergraduate courses or special status (non-degree seeking). AWARD AMOUNTS FOR SUMMER 2017: 6-8 credits = $1,2009 - 11 credits = $2,000 - 12+ credits = $3,000. To apply please email referencing "Kama'aina Summer Grant" in the subject and including a copy of your valid Hawaii State ID/drivers license, student name, and HPU student ID number.