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 $121,000 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.

In 2019, AAUW began a partnership with Palama Settlement to promote and administer its undergraduate scholarship program.In efforts to support women in Hawaii, whose educational paths may be challenging, we are encouraging applicants of varied backgrounds to apply for our scholarships.

Applications for AAUW’s Academic Scholarship are accepted through Palama Settlement’s Educational Scholarship Program and award recipients are chosen by an AAUW panel.

Academic scholarship applications are currently closed. Check back in November 2021 to apply for 2022-2023.

General Eligibility:

  • Be a woman living in Hawaii
  • Demonstrate financial need, and either:

    • Be enrolled as a sophomore, junior, or senior in a college, community college, or university in the State of Hawaii or on-line program from an educational institution with Regional Accreditation AND have a grate point average (GPA) 3.0 or above.
    • Be over 21 years of age, have had your educational plans interrupted or delayed by family/work obligations or challenging personal circumstances AND are 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.

Student Eligibility:

  • Students applying to the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) must be enrolled in a graduate program
  • Students applying to Palama Settlement must be a sophomore, junior or seniors enrolled in an undergraduate program
  • Be a resident of the State of Hawaii
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be an undergraduate or a graduate student at a college or university located in the State of Hawaii
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.0 or above
  • Female student