Ho'omau Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Ho’omau Foundation is a non-profit to support Pacific Islanders for success and development.

Ho’omau Foundation’s mission is to provide scholarships, mentorship, and networking opportunities to Pacific Islander students who are active in the Pacific Islander community. By combining the support for academic success and perpetuation of our culture, the foundation will help recipients succeed in their endeavors while maintaining and growing their cultural ties and identity.

The ideal recipient to receive a scholarship are Pacific Islanders who are active in the Pacific Islander culture through teaching, language, dancing and/or engaged in the local community as a role model for youth. The ideal recipient will be committed to the community and network we are building and serve as a mentor or ambassador for future recipients.


  • Must be Pacific Islander descent as defined by the US Census

  • Actively engaged in a Pacific Islander club learning or teaching native language, dance, music, or outreach for a Pacific Islander program (provide proof of paystub, invoice to your halau, attendance confirmation to program)

  • Submit a 800 word entrance letter explaining your career goals, your current participation in the Pacific Islander community and your aspirations to continue to influence and lead

  • Legally reside in the United States

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • Must be enrolled full-time upon receipt of funding at an accredited two-year or four-year university in the United States

  • 2 Recommendation letters - 1 letter from your school counselor or advisor and 1 letter from a teacher (kumu hula, school teacher, Hawaiian education teacher); not a family member

  • Present academic records with a minimum 2.5 GPA

  • If selected, you will need to be available for an online or in person interview in July 2020. We will contact you to schedule.

The Ho’omau Foundation awards scholarships to the most deserving applicants on the basis of academic standing, cultural engagement and the commitment to expand the education of the Pacific Islander culture, education and protection of the land. The Finalist must be prepared to submit all official documents to be eligible for the award by the date provided. As part of the selection process the finalist will be required to participate in a video or in person interview with a member(s) of the Ho’omau Foundation. Applicants will be notified by August 2020 whether or not they have been awarded the scholarship. Recipients will be requested to post at least one social media video of their story and their college experience online tagging Ho’omau Foundation. Recipients will be requested to provide one picture to post on our website and send to donors informing them of the awarded scholars.