◊Educational Opportunity Center
A scholarship packet may include:
- A personal or goal statement
- Two or three letters of recommendation
- A personal financial statement (usually the FAFSA or CSS Profile)
- Official transcripts of college or high school work
- For native Hawaiian scholarships, birth certificates with proof of ethnicity
Types of ScholarshipsThere are two major types of scholarships. Institution-based scholarships are available only to students at a particular institution. State and national scholarships are more competitive and open to a larger pool of students.
At UH Maui College, all current scholarships are listed on a bulletin board at the Educational Opportunity Center and on-line at EOC’s Scholarship Listing. Once you’ve selected the scholarships you are eligible for, you may get the applications from EOC or follow the links to on-line applications.
Institutional aid includes the scholarships, tuition waivers and special loans a school offers its students. The UH Maui College/UH Foundation and other University of Hawai‘i Foundation scholarships are available on-line in January and usually due in March.
There are many private scholarships available on a local, state, or national level. They have varying criteria, deadlines, and filing requirements. There are many available for native Hawaiians and low-income students.
Finding private scholarships requires research from as many sources as possible. This includes EOC, the internet, public libraries, newspapers, high schools, school departments, and more. Each January, EOC receives a number of privately-funded scholarship applications including the Hawai`i Community Foundation and Kamehameha Schools.
A scholarship application is just one part of a scholarship packet. In addition to the thoroughly completed application, many require the following:
Personal or goal statements are the most important part of a scholarship packet. A financial aid officer at UH Manoa said that if the winner of a scholarship gets 100 points, 80 is for this statement. With that in mind, your statement needs to be perfect: no misspellings, no white out, typed, and double-spaced. Your statement should include information about who you are, what you’ve done, what you’re doing, and what you plan to do. EOC counselors are available to review your personal statement if needed.
Letters of recommendation are used to verify you meet the requirements of a scholarship. If, for example, the scholarship requires financial need, academics, or community service, be sure one or more of your letters of recommendation state so. These letters should be on letterhead and written by a variety of people – a teacher, a counselor, an employer, and, if applicable, someone who can verify your community service.
Most scholarships require a financial statement. For many scholarships, this is the FAFSA. For others, like Kamehameha Schools, it is the CSS Financial Aid Profile. Others may have their own financial statements.
Once you’ve completed all parts of your application packet, assemble everything and submit by the scholarship’s deadline. If it’s late or missing data, it will normally not be reviewed.