Apply now for the HMSA Kaimana scholarship

November 24, 2021, 11:33 a.m. HST

The Hawai’i Medical Service Association is once again offering the opportunity for high school graduate students to apply for a scholarship to continue their education at the college level.

It’s National Scholarship Month and HMSA is celebrating the 17th year of its annual Kaimana Scholarships and Awards program. The program honors high school students in Hawaii and their schools for excellence in studies, athletics, community service, healthy activities and sportsmanship.

“We continue to support our local students in pursuing their goals in higher education,” said Kathryn S. Matayoshi, Senior Vice President and Head of Community Engagement at HMSA. “Our Kaimana Awards and Fellowships program helps recognize future leaders in our state and helps them celebrate their educational achievements.”

Applications are now available online and open to high school graduates.

To be eligible, applicants must graduate from a Hawaiian high school in 2022 with a GPA of 2.75 or higher. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the requirements have been relaxed; participation in athletics and involvement in community service is encouraged but not required.


Applicants must also submit an official transcript, write a personal statement and essay on community and wellness, and submit two letters of recommendation from the school faculty, mentors or coaches.


HMSA will award up to 15 students scholarships of $ 5,000 each.

Recipients can use the scholarships to pay for tuition, books, computers, and room and board. Use of scholarships is subject to the rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association for those who participate in college sports.

To apply, click here. All applications must be received no later than Friday February 25, 2022.


The HMSA has sponsored the Kaimana Awards and Bursaries program since 2005 in partnership with the Hawai’i High School Athletic Association.

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