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2021 Student Scholarships

We are humbled to provide this new scholarship program to support undergraduate and graduate-level students and those in trade and vocational studies. We’re offering three $2,000 scholarships, which will be available for the Fall 2021 semester. We’re excited to get these scholarships started and look forward to providing them annually.


  • Application Open: May 1, 2021

  • Application Deadline: July 1, 2021, 11:59 PM, ET.

  • Award Notification: July 15, 2021

  • Award Disbursement: August 1, 2021


  • Review eligibility and FAQs

  • Write your Personal Statement


  • Submit the online application with all required documents before July 1, 2021, 11:59 PM, ET. deadline.


  1. Review eligibility - To be considered for our RISE! Scholarship applicants must meet our general eligibility requirements as outlined below.

Applicant must be:

  • U.S. citizen age 18 or older as of the date of the application deadline.

  • Accepted to, enrolled in, or attending an accredited two-year, four-year, or graduate institution or trade/vocational school listed in the US Department of Education Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs (

  • Must attend as a full-time student, as defined by their institution or trade program.


Required documents - Applicants must submit the following required documents no later than our program date/time deadline.

  • The online application requires two personal statements and a resume to include GPA.


FAQ: Eligibility

Do I need to be an E Ala E Hawaiian Cultural Center (EHCC) Member to be eligible?

Yes, to be eligible for a 2021-22 RISE! Scholarship, EHCC membership must be established no later than April 1, 2021, *UPDATE: Upon receipt of your scholarship application, you will automatically become an EHCC Membership for 2021. A reminder that membership is free for this year.

How many scholarships are available this year?

Three $2,000 Scholarships

Do I have to be a Hawai’i state resident to apply?

No, this application is open to all U.S. citizens.

Do I need to be of Hawaiian ancestry to apply?

No, this application is open to diverse ancestry.

FAQ: Online Application

I completed an application but did not receive a confirmation email. What do I do?

Please send an email to with questions regarding your application.

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

Requests for edits can only be made (1) day before the application date/time deadline. Submit edit requests to

I attached/uploaded the personal statement with my online application; how can I confirm that the attachment and application were complete?

If the confirmation statement is not sufficient, send an email to

FAQ: Personal Statement

What would make for an impressive personal statement?

Short and Long Term Career Goals

Community Service Efforts and Impacts

Explain how you were able to RISE! against a challenging situation in your life.

What are the personal statement parameters?

All personal statements are limited to 2,000 characters.

Award Selection and Notification Process

Selection Process:

Completed applications submitted by the date/time deadline are provided to our selection committee for review.

Notification Process:

An email is sent to all applicants who completed an online application with either an award or denial communication.

Award Use:

All funds awarded must be used for educational expenses such as tuition, fees, and books during the applicable scholarship year.

To apply, visit EHCC Scholarship | E Ala E Hawaiian Cultural Center (

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