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AAUW HONOLULU ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

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

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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.

SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY
  • 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?

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Apply

Where can I apply for the AAUW Honolulu Academic Scholarship?


All applications are processed online via this website (www.aauwhonolulu.org). If you are unable to complete the application online due to technical limitations, please email us at scholarship@aauwhonolulu.org.




How do I get my unofficial transcripts from MyUH?


  1. Log in to MyUH;
  2. Click on STAR Degree Check/View Transcripts;
  3. Select & Download the following - “Combination Transcript by Semester” (this combines all Campuses & gives both Transfer & Campus
  4. SAVE file(s) with your name & UPLOAD Transcript(s) to online application.




What steps do I need to take to complete my application?


1. Complete the required Written Personal Statements. Please limit your essay to one page, 12pt single-spaced, no more than 500 words. See the above section for suggestions.

2. Gather the following required materials to upload to your application:

  • Get your 2022-23 Estimate Family Contribution (EFC) (page 1 on the Student Aid Report (SAR) from Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). According to the FAFSA website, “typically, you will be able to access your SAR within two weeks of filing your FAFSA.”
  • "Unofficial" pdf copies of your transcripts from all college(s) attended using your student on-line portal.
3. Fill out the online application above and upload all your documents. You will not be able to edit the application once it is submitted. Please review and confirm all your answers are complete before submitting your application. 4. Submit your application by the deadline date and time. For your records, you will receive an email notification from the AAUW Honolulu webmaster when you successfully submit your application. Please save scholarship@aauwhonolulu.org to your contacts to receive your notifications in your inbox. We highly recommend you submit your application early as website traffic increases around that deadline time, causing users to experience connectivity problems and submission errors.





Application Details

How do I obtain my Student Aid Report (SAR)?


Your SAR will be sent to you after your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has been processed. Beginning October 1st, you can start your FAFSA for the following academic year, by going to https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. For more information regarding the FAFSA process, please visit the FAFSA Help website at https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/filling-out/help.




What information needs to be from my uploaded Student Aid Report (SAR)?


Only page 1 of the SAR - the 2022-23 Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is required with your application.




What information needs to be on my uploaded Grade Transcript?


An unofficial grade transcript is required for all applicants. A transcript must include all of the following:

  • Institution’s name

  • Student’s full name

  • List of course history

  • Current Grades/Information for each course

  • Current cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)




What should I include in my Personal Statements?


See suggestions in the above "Your Written Personal Statement" section above.




What if I don’t have a scanner to scan and upload my support documents?


You may want to seek assistance from a relative, friend, working professional or counselor who may have access to a scanner. You can also visit copy centers, such as Kinko’s, which can assist you for a small fee. We highly recommend that you format your files format into a PDF form before attaching them to your application. You may want to download a free PDF converter on your computer to convert documents into a PDF format. Recommended websites are www.freepdfconvert.com or www.pdfonline.com.




Can I mail my supporting documents?


All supporting documents must be submitted online. We recommend that you start early to gather the necessary tax documents to fill out the FAFSA, and request an unofficial pdf copy of your transcript via your on-line student portal once your applicable semester is completed.  Online applications can only be submitted once all required support documents have been uploaded.




Is there any cost to apply for any scholarships?


No, the scholarship applications with AAUW Honolulu are free to apply.




Can I make changes to my application after it has been submitted?


Once your application has been submitted, you cannot make any changes. To avoid issues with errors in your application, you should review all your information before submitting.




What happens after I submit my application?


Your application and other documents will be screened for completeness and to make sure you meet AAUW Honolulu’s eligibility requirements. Candidates will then be contacted via email to schedule an interview with an AAUW Honolulu Scholarship Committee members. Please add scholarship@aauwhonolulu.org to your email contacts to receive our notifications in your inbox.




What are the basic eligibility criteria?


1. Be a woman living in Hawaii 2. 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 an educational institution with Regional Accreditation.
    • Have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher.
  • Option 2
    • Be over 21 years of age and have 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 an educational institution with Regional Accreditation.
    • Have completed a minimum of 12 credits
    • Have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.





Award Information

When will I be notified of my award status?


You will be notified by mail after the selection committees meet, which may be any time between June and early July. Letters will also be sent to unsuccessful applicants.




How will I know if I am awarded a scholarship?


You will be contacted by mail to confirm you have been awarded a scholarship.




What do I do if I received an award notification?


Read the award letter and Student Agreement Form. Sign and return the Student Agreement Form that includes the conditions of the scholarship by the stipulated deadline to "ATTN: Scholarship Committee" and mail it to: AAUW Honolulu - P.O. Box 22331 Honolulu, HI 96823. Submit any additional required information or documents specified in the agreement. In addition, we encourage you to scan and send a copy of the original Student Agreement Form to scholarship@aauwhonolulu.org along with mailing the original.




What if I already submitted my Student Agreement Form but my academic plans have changed?


Contact us as soon as possible at scholarship@aauwhonolulu.org to inform us of any changes to your status.




What if I do not want to accept my award or I will not be attending school for the awarded academic year?


We understand that circumstances may change between the time you submit your application to when our awarding begins. If you receive an award notification and do not wish to accept your award, please check the box indicating you are declining the award on the Student Acceptance Agreement as instructed on the form and return via mail. In addition, if possible, please scan and email the form to scholarship@aauwhonolulu.org. We ask that you do this as soon as possible as this may allow us to award another student.




What will my scholarship award cover?


The scholarship can be used for any educational expenses related to your school’s cost of attendance, which may include tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other miscellaneous school expenses for the awarded academic year.




If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive an award for the following year?


No, students must complete the application process again in order to be considered for a scholarship award the following year.




When will I receive the scholarship money?


Once awarded, we need you to accept the award and submit the Student Agreement Form to confirm which school you will be attending. You will be considered for payment after your Student Agreement Form has been submitted and verified for eligibility. Scholarships are paid to your school in two equal payments in August for the Fall semester and December/January for the Spring semester. You are required to submit your Fall unofficial transcript to scholarship@aauwhonolulu.org prior to receiving the second payment. If your GPA falls below our required level, we will contact you to discuss your specific situation.




Are the scholarships awarded sufficient to pay the cost of my college education?


No. These scholarships are intended to provide only partial support. In addition to applying for scholarships through the AAUW Honolulu, you should look into other financial aid resources such as federal grants, loans and work-study awards. A complete financial aid package can be put together by your college's financial aid office and may include various types of financial aid.




How much will I receive in scholarships from AAUW Honolulu?


AAUW Honolulu Scholarship funds offer varying award amounts, which generally range from $1,000 to several thousand dollars, depending on the availability of funding and the number of qualified applicants.





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How do you select recipients?


The AAUW Honolulu Scholarship Committee considers a strong written application as a basis for selecting students for a zoom interview. The interview provides an opportunity for applicants to expand on personal achievements, academics, community involvement, and financial or other special circumstances.




How do I contribute to AAUW Honolulu?


We encourage recipients to participate in AAUW Honolulu events, forums and programs. You will receive our monthly newsletter highlighting upcoming events as well as the latest information relating to women’s issues.





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