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In 1905, the founders of the College Club – the organization that would become AAUW Honolulu – wrote that their founding principle was to promote “the higher ideals of education among women”. Women were a rarity in undergraduate classes, and even more so in graduate-level courses.


AAUW Honolulu promotes inclusiveness and strives to reflect the diversity of the island in its general membership, board and program participants.  We recognize that our commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity is imperative to our mission and greatly enriches the effectiveness of our programs.

AAUW Honolulu continues that mandate made in 1881. We awarded $52,000 in scholarships to deserving women college students in the 2023-2024 academic year.

While women in the 21st century are attending college and receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in record numbers, they are still held back by the gender pay gap. They may encounter it when they work to pay for college, or they may encounter it when they graduate and settle in their first jobs.

AAUW’s research found that while women now make up a majority of the college population, they also take out more debt than men. The academic scholarships provided by AAUW Honolulu helps women in college graduate with less or no debt.

Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships: Programs
Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships: FAQ

Nontraditional Undergraduate Scholarship

Applications for academic year 2024-2025 are open for applicants from Jan 3rd to Mar 15, 2024. Please apply below.

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Graduate Scholarship

AAUW Honolulu graduate scholarships are offered and administered by the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF). Applications for academic year 2024-2025 will be open from Dec 12th, 2023 to Feb 29th, 2024.

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AAUW Honolulu Undergraduate Academic Scholarship for Nontraditional Students


Complete the online application below to apply. To submit your application, please gather the following required materials to upload to your application:

  • Academic Transcripts – Upload "Unofficial" pdf copies of your transcripts from all college(s) attended using your student on-line portal. Your current institution (e.g. Univ Hawaii) may offer a combination of Transfer & Campus transcripts in a single document. Be sure all your academic semesters are included in your uploaded transcripts.  See a Sample Transcript >

  • Current Estimate Family Contribution (EFC) (page 1 on the Student Aid Report (SAR) from Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) –  Your FAFSA must be submitted and processed in order to obtain your current SAR.  

  • Written Personal Statement – One-page, single spaced, 12pts, maximum of 500 words. Have your statement available when filling out the application to upload into the form below. Guidelines for your personal statement are provide below the form.

  • Application Submission Period – January 3rd at 5:00AM HST to March 15 at 5:00pm HST.


  • Be a woman living in Hawaii

  • Demonstrate financial need

  • Be over 21 years of age and have had your educational plans interrupted or delayed by family work obligations or challenging personal circumstances.

  • Be accepted or enrolled as a full or part-time undergraduate in a college, community college, or university in the State of Hawaii or on-line program from a regionally accredited public or private not for profit educational institution.

  • Have completed a minimum of 12 credits.

  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher for the most recent 2 semesters.

Note: No student intern or contractor receiving financial compensation from AAUW Honolulu is eligible for this scholarship.

Nontraditional Undergraduate Academic Scholarship Application

To begin your application, please confirm your eligibility and application option.

Note: * indicates required questions.

Section 1: Eligibility

Are you a woman living in Hawaii?
Are you over 21 years of age and meet the listed eligibility above?
Do you meet the listed requirements for the following (check all that apply):

Note:  No student intern or contractor receiving financial compensation from AAUW Honolulu is eligible for this scholarship.

Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships: Application

Award Selection Process

Each year AAUW Honolulu receives many more applications for academic scholarships than we can fund. Our selection process begins by screening all applicants by financial need. The Committee then reviews the Personal Statements and determines which candidates will move on to the final phase which is a panel interview conducted over Zoom.

Your Written Personal Statement

We would like to learn a little more about you. Here are some things to think about as you write your personal statement. Please limit your statement to one page, 12pt single-spaced, and no more than about 500 words.

Ideas for Your Written Personal Statement

Tell us about your journey from high school to where you are today including what made you decide to pursue a college degree at this time in your life?

What do you hope to do with your degree once you graduate?"

​Tell us what you learned from life experiences, how you have grown and how you have applied what you have learned.​

Your Statement Will be Assessed Using the Following Criteria:

1. Clarity of Educational Goals


Articulate what your goals are and how you plan to achieve your goals.

2. Written Communication Skills 


Grammatically correct, easy to understand, reveals interesting things about yourself, helps reviewers gain an overall understanding of you.

3. Personal Growth


How have you evolved from leaving high school to deciding to return to school.

4. Self Reflection


How you think and why you made the decisions you have made.

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Meet the 2023-2024 Undergraduate Scholarship Awardees 
Meet the 2023-2024 Graduate Scholarship Awardees 
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