Scholarship Information


Windward O’ahu AAUW annually awards college scholarships to Windward residents with priority given to women of diverse and disadvantaged circumstances or are returning to higher education after a hiatus.  The first scholarship was awarded in 1970.  Now more than $195,000 has been given to women who will become tomorrow’s leaders.

The grants are to be used for educational expenses at a regionally accredited, post-secondary institution in the state of Hawaii. Grants are paid directly to the institution after verification of acceptance of the recipient.  The grant is for study at the undergraduate level only, for use in the year in which it is awarded.

Congratulations were given to six Windward O’ahu women at the annual AAUW Windward O’ahu Branch Scholarship Luncheon held on June 4, 2017.  The six applicants were chosen to receive grants of $1000 or more to help further their post-secondary education.  Over $12,000 in scholarships were awarded to Windward Oahu high school graduates and college students living on the windward side of O’ahu who are planning to attend colleges/universities in the state of Hawaii.  Applications for grants for 2018-2019 are now available on this site.

Contributions to the grant awards are managed by the Windward O’ahu Scholarship Fund, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.  Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.   Branch fundraising proceeds from luncheons, book sales, garage sales and other activities benefit the Scholarship Fund.  Other contributions to the fund are made to the annual Endowment Fund Drive or by members wishing to contribute in memory of a friend or family member.

Applicants must be:

    • Legal Hawaii Residents of Windward O’ahu.
    • Enrolled in or accepted for admission at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution in the state of Hawaii and have not previously earned a baccalaureate degree.
    • Enrolled in a classified degree program.

Selection will be based on academic potential and need as determined by the Educational Grants Committee of the Windward Branch.  Preference will be given to previous grant recipients in good academic standing.

Applications are available from all Windward O’ahu high schools, all O’ahu campuses of the University of Hawaii (including community colleges), Brigham Young University, Chaminade University, Hawaii Pacific University and the University of Phoenix (Honolulu).  Applications are also available online.