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Scholarship Book 

for Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

Pacific Islander Access project 

Mission 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

Mission 

The Pacific Islander Access project focuses on increasing higher education opportunities 
for Native Hawaiians and all other Pacific Islanders. 

Our History 

Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders are one of the fastest growing populations in 

the United States.  However, this population lags behind other minorities in terms of many 

socio-economic indicators, including income, health, and education.  The Pacific Islander 
Access project focuses on the educational disparities.  Pacific Islanders are approximately 

50% less likely to have a 4-year degree and 60% less likely to hold an advanced degree 
compared to the general population.  Financial concerns are known to be a major factor in 

whether or not students graduate from college.   

The Pacific Islander Access project started off as a micro nonprofit.  We found that 
although many nonprofits did amazing work, many spent a significant portion of their 
energy sustaining themselves instead of accomplishing their mission.  We felt that the 
micro-nonprofit model – all volunteer or small groups that use their expertise and 
technology as leverage could affect change by narrowing its focusing on a specific 
problem.   

Our goal is to convince institutions of higher education and scholarships that support 
minorities to open their eligibility to include native Hawaiians and other Pacific 
Islanders.  Within the first three years we were able to convince 13 institutions and 
scholarship to include Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders and we opened up 
$1.1 million in potential scholarship funding for these groups.  We hope to continue this 
advocacy until all scholarships for underrepresented minorities include all Pacific 
Islanders.  

Advocacy  

Template Letter 

Advocacy 

It is our hope that one day we will no longer need initiatives like the Pacific Islander Access 
project.  Our goal is to open up all scholarships that target underrepresented minorities to 

Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.  However, as this scholarship book shows 

there are still quite a few that exclude Native Hawaiians and/or other Pacific Islanders. 

The Pacific Islander Access project believes that scholarships targeting underrepresented 

minorities are benevolent and that any exclusion has been done due to a lack of 

understanding of the issue.  We have communicated with all scholarships listed in this book 

and many have changed their stance when provided with additional information.   

However, some have still not changed their position.  Of those that have not, the reason has 
varied from that they do not believe that Pacific Islanders should be categorized separate 

from Asians to that they still do not believe this community is underrepresented and in 
need of assistance.  In each of these cases, we encourage you to use our template letter and 

share your story about how you have been negatively impacted by their decision not to 

include Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.   

By working together and using our collective voice we can open up the few scholarships 
that are lagging in changing their policy of excluding Native Hawaiians and other Pacific 

Islanders.  We believe that these scholarships do not intend to exclude groups that meet 

their mission, but rather need to see the implications of their decision.  Therefore, they 

need to hear from you, those Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders who are 
adversely affected by their policy.  Please consider contacting each of those organizations 

that do not include all Pacific Islanders.  Appendix A and B has a listing of contact 

information for you to utilize. 

Template 

[Date] 

[Scholarship Name 

Point of Contact 

Address 
City, State Zipcode] 

To Whom It May Concern: 

I am writing to you to express my concern with a specific provision in your policy.  Your 

underrepresented minority scholarship states that Native Hawaiians and/or other Pacific 
Islanders are not eligible to apply.  This policy negatively impacts me and my community.  I 

urge you to change this policy immediately. 

[Include a paragraph on who you are and what you hope to accomplish.] 

Although Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders are one of the fastest growing 

populations in the United States, we lag behind other minorities in many socio-economic 
indicators, including income, health, and education. Pacific Islanders are roughly half as 

likely to graduate from college.  Financial reasons are known to be a major factor in 

whether or not students graduate from college. 

Federal policy dictates that federal data be classified in either Asian or Native 

Hawaiian/Pacific Islander categories.  OMB Directive 15 states “by creating separate 

categories, the data on the Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islander groups will no 

longer be overwhelmed by the aggregate data of the much larger Asian groups.”  Thus, our 
government recognizes that combining Asian and Pacific Islanders into one category has 

obscured valuable information about the Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders group.   

The current data highlights that Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders are 
underrepresented in higher education.  We encourage your scholarship to come in line 

with federal policy, current educational data, and solid moral actions and change your 

policy to allow Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders to apply.  Our community is 

clearly deserving of the same chances provided to other minority groups facing similar 
barriers. 

Further we support the efforts of the Pacific Islander Access project and encourage you to 

work in coordination with this nonprofit organization to change your policy and promote 

your scholarship in our community.  Again, please allow us the same opportunities that 
your organization has opened for so many other minority groups. 

Sincerely, 

[Signature] 

Underrepresented Minority 

Scholarships 

Open to All Pacific Islanders 

Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students 

Mission:

 

To promote diversity within the profession through an annual scholarship 

program for Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American and Pacific Islander 

students.

 

Requirements: 

Intent on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession

Must have at least one birth parent who is a member of one of the following
minority groups: Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American, Pacific

Islander

Will be a full-time undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited educational institution

Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), emphasis on math or actuarial courses

Entering college freshmen must have a minimum ACT math score of 28 or SAT math
score of 600

Award levels: 
$1,000 – high school senior applying for freshman year; 
$2,000 – college freshman applying for sophomore year; 

$3,000* – college sophomore applying for junior year; and 

$4,000* – college junior applying for senior year 

More info:

 

http://www.actuarialfoundation.org/programs/actuarial/scholarships.shtml

 

*Actuarial exams are an important factor in evaluating scholarship qualifications for applicants entering their
junior year and beyond. Additionally, exams passed will be considered for renewal.
 

AIChE Minority Scholarship Award 

Mission:

 

To encourage the education and training of disadvantaged minorities in 

engineering and related disciplines; fosters the employment of minorities at all levels of 

skills within the engineering field; encourages minority entrepreneurship; and directs the 

expertise of engineers to the solution of special social and economic problems faced by the 

such minorities.

 

Requirements: 

Undergraduates in chemical engineering

African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander

Amount:

 

$1,000

More info:

http://www.aiche.org/students/awards/minorityscholarshipawardsstudent.aspx 

 

AICPA- Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students 

 

 
Mission:

  

To increase the representation of ethnically diverse CPA professionals.

  

Requirements:  

 

Enrolled in undergraduate or graduate accounting-related major 

 

An underrepresented minority in the accounting profession (e.g., Black or African 
American; Hispanic or Latino; Native American; or Asian American 

 

Maintain a 3.0 GPA 

 

Demonstrate some financial need (e.g. not receiving scholarships that exceed 

educational expenses) 

 
Amount:

 

$3,000

 

 
More info:

 

https://community.thiswaytocpa.com/allgroups/education/s/2012-

13_aicpa_scholarship_for_minority_accounting_students/default.aspx?Redirected=true  

 

American Educational Research Association- Minority Fellowship Program 

 

Mission:

 

To advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students and to 

improve the quality and diversity of university faculties.  

Requirements: 

 

U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are members of racial and ethnic groups 
historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan 

Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native 
Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders). 

 

At the writing stage of their dissertation by the beginning of the fellowship. 

 

Dissertation study should focus on an education research topic such as high stakes 

testing; ethnic studies/curriculum; tracking; STEM development; measurement of 
achievement and opportunity gaps; English language learners; or bullying and 

restorative justice. 

Amount:  

 

up to a $19,000 stipend to study education, teaching, learning, or other education 
research topic 

 

$1,000 in Travel Support to Attend the AERA Annual Meeting 

 

More info:

 

http://www.aera.net/ProfessionalOpportunitiesFunding/AERAFundingOpportunities/AE

RAMinorityDissertationFellowshipPrograminEducationResearch/tabid/10243/Default.asp

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