Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP)

Program Requirements

Read the School Year 2020-2021 Application and Program Guidance
(PDF - 1.3 MB)

To improve the health of Native Hawaiians, we provide scholarships to Native Hawaiians pursuing careers in primary and behavioral health disciplines.

Which disciplines do we include?

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Dentist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Nurse
  • Nurse-Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Social Worker

What are the benefits of the NHHSP?

In return for your service, we will:

  • Pay your tuition
  • Provide you with a monthly stipend
  • Cover other related school costs

You will deliver culturally competent primary health care services to Native Hawaiians and disadvantaged people who live in underserved and rural communities in Hawaii.

What do we require of you in return?

You must perform a year’s service/employment in a medically underserved area within the state of Hawaii immediately after graduation/licensure for every year of funding you receive.

You must serve a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years.

Is your award subject to federal taxes?

All awards are subject to federal taxes.

On January 1, 2018, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) began withholding federal income and FICA taxes on the entire NHHSP award, in keeping with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules.

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How do you apply?

Our scholarship is a competitive, merit-based award. Application season occurs every winter.

To be eligible to apply, you must comply with all of the following:

  • Prove Hawaiian ancestry
  • Pursue one of the above mentioned eligible health professions
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university

How does the NHHSP help the community?

To date, we have awarded scholarships to more than 300 Hawaiians in a variety of primary and behavioral health care disciplines.

This helps to increase representation of Native Hawaiian health professionals dedicated to serving the needs of Native Hawaiian communities.

Of those who have fulfilled their service obligations, the overwhelming majority have continued to serve medically underserved areas and populations in Hawaii. 

Date Last Reviewed:  February 2020


Contact Us

Call: 808-597-6550

Donna-Marie Palakiko, Ph.D.,
Operations Coordinator

Nani Espinda,
Program Coordinator

Trina Jones-Artis,
Program Coordinator

Lisa Kaanoi,
Engagement Specialist