The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP) addresses access to health care by developing a Native Hawaiian health care workforce of professionals committed to serve the unique health needs of Hawaiian communities. The program recruits and nurtures professionals in-training for primary health care disciplines and specialties most needed to deliver quality, culturally competent health services to Native Hawaiians throughout the State of Hawai‘i.

In addition to requiring admittance to accredited schools and programs, this merit-based program awards generous scholarships to eligible individuals that appear to be dedicated to providing primary health services to Native Hawaiians and their families in Hawai‘i.

Recipients are obligated to serve full-time in medically un- or under-served areas in Hawai‘i for two (minimum) to four (maximum) years, depending upon the length of time of scholarship support.

Scholars will receive funding for tuition, books, other related educational costs, and a monthly stipend while enrolled “full-time” in an accredited university/college program. A coordinated service plan (licensure, service site) will be designed specifically for each graduate.

More than 300 Hawaiians have been awarded the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship. Students pursuing degrees in one of the following professions who are enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university are eligible to apply:

  • Clinical Psychology (PhD or PsyD)
  • Dental Medicine (DMD or DDS)
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dietitians or Nutritionists (Masters-Level)
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Nursing
    • Associates Degree (ADN)
    • Bachelor’s Degree (BSN)
    • Master’s Degree (MSN)
    • Nurse Midwifery (MSN)
    • Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
      • Adult / Geriatrics
      • Community / Public Health
      • Family Health
      • Pediatrics
  • Optometry (OD)
  • Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Physician (Allopathic or Osteopathic, MD or DO)
  • Physician Assistant (Masters-Level)
  • Public Health (Masters-Level)
  • Social Work (Masters-Level)



M. Keaulana Holt, MSW, Director
Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program
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