Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program

Kamehameha Schools Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate
Type Scholarship
Amount -


The purpose of the program is to improve the health of Native Hawaiians by providing scholarships to Native Hawaiians pursuing careers in designated primary health care professions, and by placing those scholars to work in health profession shortage areas in Hawaiian communities following the completion of their training. In addition to their academic programs, scholars are trained in culturally appropriate ways to provide health care services in Hawaiian communities.

The NHHSP will provide a monthly stipend (twelve payments per year) to scholarship recipients to cover living expenses. No stipends will be awarded to scholarship recipients who are in residencies, internships, or fellowships. The before taxes stipend amount is $1,065. In addition, payment will be remitted to the recipient's school for tuition and fees directly applicable to the students approved curriculum and program. Recipients will also receive a lump sum amount which is intended to cover the cost of books, supplies, equipment, equipment rentals and other reasonable educational expenses.

Scholarships are awarded once and covers up to four years of education, or the amount of years the recipient requests or has left in his/her program. The scholarship does not cover the cost of residencies, fellowships, or internships.
In return for each year of support, program scholars provide one year of service, in order of priority, in (i) any one of the five Native Hawaiian health care systems; and, (ii) a health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) located in the State of Hawai'i, or geographic areas or facilities that are similarly designated by the United States Public Health Service (PHS) in the State of Hawai'i. The minimum service obligation is 2 years, the maximum is four years. The service obligation begins after completion of the professional course of study funded by the program and licensure, if required. Scholars will be requested to relocate to perform their service obligation.

The NHHSP will find a service site for each scholar, following the order of priority described above. Scholars are actively involved in the process.

Eligible Native Hawaiians are encouraged to apply for participation in the program if they plan to practice their health profession and are committed to serving the Native Hawaiian populations of greatest need, on any island in the State of Hawai'i. The program reminds applicants that they should be willing and able to relocate to perform their service obligation. Please reference the Application section of this website for further details.


  • American Indian
  • Native American
  • Pacific Islanders

Other Restrictions

Eligible candidates are Native Hawaiians who have proof of U.S. citizenship and are enrolled or accepted into accredited health professions training programs.


This funding opportunity requires applicants to hold U.S. Citizenship.

More Information

Kamehameha Schools Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate
1850 Makuakane Street
Building E
Honolulu, HI 96817-1830
Phone: (808) 585-8944