Kamehameha Schools offers advice for students applying for scholarships in 2021

November is National College Scholarship Month

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Planning beyond 2020 has been quite the challenge, but November is National College Scholarship Month which means parents can look ahead to new opportunities for their keiki. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson spoke with Chaminade University and Kamehameha Schools about resources available to help students get ready for the next school year.

Kamehameha Schools is now accepting applications for College Scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year.

Looking ahead at a post-COVID world, Dr. Helen Turner at Chaminade University says college can provide access to jobs that are resilient to recessions and lay a foundation of fundamental skills that empower graduates to pivot to different modes of employment.

“Second, crisis amplifies inequity and injustice, and COVID is no exception,” she adds. “For students who want to make an impact, change things for the better, a college education gives the skills, knowledge and motivation to dose.”

Chaminade University made a major commitment to pivot to online classes while maintaining excellence, so 100 percent of its faculty became certified in online education.

Many families and students think that college is out of reach next year due to COVID-19, but KalaŹ»e Punua with Kamehameha Schools wants to encourage these families to stay resilient.

“We all know it’s a hard time for a lot of people, and I’ve spoken with students who share their stories of discouragement or uncertainty,” he begins. “College can provide future opportunity and if you have your sights set on attending college, you should take this time to plan for the future and seek out the many scholarship opportunities out there.”

While there’s a variety of college scholarships available through Kamehameha Schools and Pauahi Foundation, but Punua says it’s also important to explore opportunities through other community organizations such as Hawaii Community Foundation.

“With the internet, we have the world at our fingertips and it really just takes time to research and apply for college scholarships,” he says.

To students applying for scholarships, Punua advises that it’s good to stay organized and to be patient with the application process.

“There may be lot of documents and emails, but staying organized will help alleviate any stress that comes with applying for scholarships,” he explains. “Also, check your email often and respond to any requests quickly. We at Kamehameha Schools reach out by email, as do most schools and other foundations. We’re all here to help you complete the process.”

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