The Hawaii Community Foundation is a charitable organization interested in helping the people of Hawaii achieve their dreams. It has certainly helped me achieve my dream of becoming an M.D.

Greg Sakamoto

Greg Sakamoto, M.D.

Dermatologist - Scholarship Ambassador - Scholarship Recipient

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Helping visually impaired and blind youth on Kauai, his own vision is crystal clear.


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The scholarship application period will begin December 1, 2015 and will end at 4pm on February 18, 2016. For more information about completing your online application please visit our Scholarships FAQs page.

With the changing economic landscape, HCF has seen an increase in the number of those in Hawaii seeking scholarships, including nontraditional students who are juggling families and jobs as they pursue their educational goals. We are witnessing a shift in the profile of today's college students as 75% of them are balancing school with work and parenting responsibilities. Exacerbating the situation, financial aid for college students is decreasing as the cost of education is mounting.

scholarships-arrowThe Hawaii Community Foundation recognizes the growing challenge of supporting students who are motivated to attain their degrees and achieve their career goals. HCF's scholarship program consists of over 190 different scholarship funds established by generous individuals, businesses, organizations, and private foundations. All of them are dedicated to making sure that educational opportunities are available to Hawaii students who need and deserve them.


In 2014, the Foundation distributed over $4.5 million to deserving students, making it the third largest private provider of post-secondary scholarships in the state. Many of the recipients are hoping to attend college or university, while some are pursuing career and technical education at a community college.

We support students through our scholarship program so that they are able to complete their college careers. To track this, we may request information from the National Student Clearinghouse (“NSC”) regarding the college completion rates of our scholarship applicants and recipients and will disclose to the NSC at least the student’s name and date of birth as part of our request.

Partnering with HCF for your scholarship fund
At HCF, you can support the HCF Community Scholarship Fund to help deserving Hawaii students succeed. Contributing to the Community Scholarship Fund helps students who are first in their families to attend college. Establishing a new fund allows you to target the learners and fields of learning you want to support.

Students can apply to the scholarship program through a single, online application and, if eligible, be awarded from one or more of the funds housed at the Hawaii Community Foundation.