AAUW Honolulu Academic Scholarship

Over 130 years ago, 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 scholarship provided by AAUW Honolulu helps women in college graduate with less or no debt.

Undergraduate Scholarships
AAUW Honolulu will accept undergraduate scholarship applications beginning January 1, 2022.
Please check back then.

General Eligibility:
• Be a woman living in Hawaii
• Demonstrate financial need an 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 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 semester semesters.

Download Submission Requirements

Graduate Scholarships
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 below and visit HCF to apply.

Download the HCF Scholarship Flyer