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 offered over $52,000 in scholarships to deserving women college students in the 2020-2021 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.

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Undergraduate Scholarship

AAUW Honolulu will accept undergraduate scholarship applications from January 1st to March 15th, 2022.  See the flyer here to prepare your application in advance.

Graduate Scholarship

AAUW Honolulu graduate scholarships are offered and administered by the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF).  Applications will be accepted from November 15, 2021 through January 31, 2022.  See the flyer here and visit HCF to apply.

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Apply for the 2022-23 AAUW Honolulu
Undergraduate Academic Scholarship


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 >

  • 2022-23 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 2022-23 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. Some ideas for your personal statement are provide below the form.

  • Application Submission Period January 1st, 2022 at 12:01AM to March 15th, 2022 at 11:59pm.

  • Be a woman living in Hawaii

  • Demonstrate financial need in either:

    • Option 1

      • Be a full-time student accepted or enrolled to begin your sophomore year (24 credits at UH or 30 at other institutions), junior, or senior by the beginning of Fall 2022 semester 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 a grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher.

    • Option 2

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

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?
Which grant option are you applying for?

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, no more than about 500 words.  These are just ideas starters.  You don’t need to answer these questions.

Ideas for Option 1
  • Tell us about your college experience so far.  How has it been compared to what you thought it would be like?

  • Tell us about a time you had to work with a group to get things done.

  • What are you most looking forward to next year?  What are you least looking forward to?

Ideas for Both Option 1 & 2
  • How have you changed personally or academically since you began your college career?

  • What have you learned about yourself as you’ve transitioned to becoming a college student?

Ideas for Option 2
  • What made you decide to pursue a college degree at this time in your life?

  • What is it like balancing your work/home life with school?

  • How do you think you are different as a student now compared to if you had gone to college right after high school?

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