Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship’s Contribution to Hawaiian Leadership


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Papa Ola Lōkahi

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The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP) application opens on Feb. 1, 2023, and closes March 15, 2023. If you or someone you know is pursuing a career in a health or allied health profession, applications for this comprehensive scholarship program are being accepted online. The following professions are eligible to apply: clinical psychology, dentistry, dental hygiene, dietetics/nutrition, nursing, medicine, physician assistant, and social work.

The NHHSP was established under the Native Hawaiian Healthcare Act of 1998 to increase the number of Native Hawaiians in health and allied health professions and enhance professional qualifications. The scholarship covers tuition and books, and provides a monthly stipend along with an assigned program coordinator, monthly leadership series, and a mentorship program. The awardee must also be willing to relocate to one of the five major islands upon graduation to fulfill the service obligation. Administered by Papa Ola Lōkahi, the program is celebrating its 32nd year:

  • Number of scholarships awarded: 323
  • Average awards per year: 10
  • Total number of scholars: 296
  • Kāne/wāhine: 24%/76%
  • Program alumni: 258
  • Active scholars: 54

Want to make a difference in your community? Have you always wanted to build a career in health? Join a virtual ʻImi ʻIke session to discover whether the NHHSP is for you. Don’t let finances get in the way of your education! If the scholarship program is not right for you, applications are being accepted for Kākoʻo Ulu ʻOihana (KUO), another funding resource to offset the cost of training, education, supplies or materials.

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