Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship

Read the School Year 2019-2020 Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 589 KB) to learn about the requirements for the program.

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

These disciplines include:

  • clinical psychology,
  • dental medicine,
  • dental hygiene,
  • nutrition,
  • marriage and family therapy,
  • nursing and nurse midwifery,
  • nursing practitioner,
  • optometry,
  • pharmacy,
  • physician (allopathic or osteopathic),
  • physician assistant,
  • public health, and
  • social work.

If you receive a Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship (NHHS), we will fund your training in delivering culturally competent primary health care services to Native Hawaiians and disadvantaged people who live in underserved and rural communities in Hawaii.

What are the Scholarship’s benefits?

In return for your service, we will:

  • pay your tuition,
  • provide you with a monthly stipend, and
  • cover other related school costs.

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.

The program requires a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years of service.

Note: Federal Taxes

All awards are subject to federal taxes. Starting January 1, 2018, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) began withholding federal income and FICA taxes on the entire Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program award, in keeping with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules.

Learn more:

FAQs: Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship

Webinar: Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program Tax Withholding Update Exit Disclaimer

How do I apply for the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship?

The NHHS is a competitive, merit-based award. Application season occurs every winter. To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • prove Hawaiian ancestry,
  • pursue one of the above mentioned eligible health professions, and
  • be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university.  

To date, we have given the NHHS 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:  January 2019

Contact Us

Keaulana Holt, Director

Donna Palakiko, Interim Program Director

Trina Jones Artis, Program Specialist