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DURP Opportunities for Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships:

A number of funding opportunities are offered through the department, as listed below.

SSFM Alumni Award

Purpose: The purpose of this fund is to provide a fellowship of $10,000 to a student pursuing a master’s degree in the field of urban planning at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Funds may be used to cover tuition and fees during the academic year 2017-2018. The award also includes a paid internship at SSFM International offices in Iwilei for twenty hours per week for nine months.

Criteria and Requirements: The prospective recipient must be enrolled in the MURP program. Preference is to be given to students from Hawai‘i or the Pacific Islands who demonstrate an interest in environmental, land use, or infrastructure problems facing Pacific Islanders. Interest may be shown through related course work, work experience, and an essay. Applicants should submit a resume and an essay of 500 words demonstrating interest by 11:59 pm on April 1, 2017.

Selection Process: Recipient shall be selected by a committee appointed by the Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and must be a full-time student at UHM-DURP to receive this award.

SSFM International was established in 1959 to provide engineering and other services to clients throughout Hawai‘i and the Pacific.  Currently, SSFM offers consulting services in planning, project management, construction management, and engineering. SSFM’s core principles are Progressive; Integrity; Client Focus; and Nurturing. The purpose of this scholarship is to develop leadership in planning throughout Hawai‘i and the Pacific using these core values.


RM Towill Award

Purpose:  The purpose of this fund is to provide a part-time fellowship totaling $7,000 (1 award of $3500 per semester for a full academic year), and may be used to cover tuition and fees.

Criteria and Requirements: The applicant must be a full-time MURP student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, earning a minimum GPA of 3.5, and must be a legal resident of Hawaii.  Preference is to be given to applicants who demonstrate an interest in environmental, land use, or infrastructure problems facing Hawaiʻi. Interest may be shown through related coursework, work experience, and an essay. Applicants should submit a resume and an essay of 500 words demonstrating interest.

R.M. Towill Corporation is the oldest and largest locally-owned engineering consulting firm in Hawaii.  They offer a diverse suite of professional services, including civil engineering, surveying, planning, and construction management.  The staff of nearly 100 employees consists of leaders in their respective fields who have completed over 20,000 projects throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Rim for private and public sector clients. Half of the organization holds a license or certification in the fields of civil engineering, surveying, planning, construction quality assurance, and inspection. RMTC’s main office is located in Honolulu, Oahu. They also maintain a branch office in Kailua-Kona on the Island of Hawaii.


APA Hawaii Chapter Award

Each year, the American Planning Association Hawaii (APAHI) recognizes students of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning for their achievement of high grades and superior performance in specific projects and assignments.  A faculty committee decides on the basis of superior GPA, service and project completion.  Award numbers vary according to APAHI funding but typically two students are awarded each year.

DURP Student Tuition Waiver

(Current full-time DURP students with a standing GPA of at least 3.5 can apply each semester)

UH Manoa Star Scholarship Database

https://www.star.hawaii.edu:10012/Scholarship_live/login.jsp


External Funding

A number of financial aid opportunities are available to UH Manoa DURP students:

College of Social Science Scholarships

Other Scholarships

  • Scholar’s App – Scholar’s App is an online platform that connects students with scholarships (local and national, as well as need, merit, and educational based) through one common application. We have local and national scholarships as well as need, merit, and educational based scholarships. With this free system, students only have to provide the supplemental information.