Graduate/Undergraduate Student Funding

Intramural Sources

James Shigeta Scholarship in Asian Studies

The purpose of this fund is to assist undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the
Asian Studies concentration at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Pacific and Asian Studies.

Additional requirements:  Demonstrate exceptional promise and achievement. Scholarship is open to international students

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Application Deadline is February 2018.

Asian Studies Tuition Waivers

A limited number of tuition waivers are available within the Asian Studies Program. These are available on a semester basis and are determined by academic performance. Applications are distributed to students admitted or currently enrolled in the Master’s program in Asian Studies.

Foreign Student Tuition Reductions

The University awards waivers of the nonresidential tuition differential annually to academically well-qualified students from specified Asian and Pacific countries pursuing courses of study which are identified as regionally significant. The countries include China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, and Taiwan. Applications for classified undergraduates may be obtained from the International Student Services office, Student Services Building, 2442 Campus Road; tel: 956-8613. Freshman are eligible only after completing 12 credits at UH with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Graduate students from the specified countries automatically receive the nonresident tuition differential waiver as long as their GPA is above 3.0. Unclassified or special students are not eligible for these awards.

K. S. Cheng Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established in memory of the late entrepreneur K.S Cheng, this scholarship fund makes available on an annual basis 10 awards of $1,000 each for eligible undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must be majoring in an Arts & Sciences discipline and should have some degree of financial need. Preference is given to students of Chinese ancestry. Application deadline in mid-November. For application materials and/or further information, contact the Office of Community & Alumni Relations, Hawaii Hall 102D; tel 956-4051; fax 956-9085.

Chun Ku and Soo Yong Huang Foundation

Graduate scholarships are available through the Chun Ku and Soo Yong Huang Foundation, which was established by the late business executive and his wife to promote all aspects of Chinese culture in the United States. For more information about these scholarships, please contact the UH Foundation’s Scholarship Administrator, Bachman Hall 101; tel 956-8849.

Pacific Asian Scholarships

These scholarships provide the waiver of one academic year’s tuition contingent on continuing eligibility. They are available to graduate or undergraduate students who specialize in any area related to Asia and the Pacific or who are from Asia or the Pacific. A 3.5 cumulative grade-point average or higher is necessary. Undergraduate students should contact Chizuko Allen, Fellowships Coordinator, School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies, Moore Hall 321, 956-2210. Graduate students should inquire in their department.

Extramural Sources

National Security Education Program

NSEP fellowships require recipients to fulfill a service requirement. The NSEP enables outstanding U.S. graduate students (U.S. citizenship required) to pursue specialization in area and language study or to add an important international dimension to their education. Area and Language Studies Doctoral Fellowships award up to $2000 per semester to doctoral track students with area and language specializations at a graduate school in the US. Graduate Enhancement Fellowships award up to $10,000 per semester to graduate students for overseas study. For applications and information, please contact Dr. Chizuko Allen, Undergraduate & Fellowships Advisor, School of Hawaiian, Asian & Pacific Studies, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822, 808.956.2210.

Fulbright Graduate Study and Research Abroad Program

The Fulbright Graduate Study and Research Abroad for Gifted & Talented Graduating Seniors is set up for graduating seniors to expand their knowledge of the developing world. The program is open to all fields of study, and allows students to pursue an academic year of study or research in the country of their choice, outside of Western Europe. All applicants must be US citizens, hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent by the beginning date of the grant, and have sufficient proficiency in the language of the host country in which the proposed study will be carried out. Creative and performing artists are not required to have a bachelor’s degree but must have four years of relevant training or study. These fixed-sum grants provide round-trip international travel, a maintenance stipend, medical insurance and tuition waivers where applicable. Application deadline is in early September. Contact Patti Borsch, Fellowships and Scholarships Office, Spalding 354-D; tel: 956-8113.

Zhonghua Scholarship

The Zhonghua Scholarship is established by the Washington Cross Culture Education Center (WCCEC) in cooperation with educational institutions in China. It is dedicated to English speakers who are interested in Chinese language and culture and wish to see China with their own eyes, providing them with the opportunity to live in China and to have a cultural tour of China. As part of the cultural exchange, recipients are required to conduct some ESL classes for K 12 students, the total time of which is limited to 15 hours per week. Recipients of the scholarship are provided with the following: international travel expenses; room and board in China; Chinese language program tailored to fit the proficiency level of the recipients; a monthly stipend in local currency (equal to the monthly salary of a university professor); and a cultural tour of China with all expenses (except meals) covered at the end of the program. Contact person: Hong Jiang, Program Coordinator, WCCEC, 548 Crown Point Court, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089; e-mail:

Organization of Chinese Americans Scholarships

The Organization of Chinese Americans, Hawai’i Chapter, offers 15 to 20 “Jesse Cheng Scholarships” to Hawai’i college students. Each scholarship is worth $1,000. Applicants must submit an application form, one-page autobiography, high school and/or college transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Deadline to apply is August 15. Winners are notified by August 31. For more information, contact Luan Nguyen at 527-8541.