Transfer Merit Scholarship FAQs

General Information

Who is eligible?

The UH Mānoa Transfer Merit Scholarship is open to the following students who meet ALL criteria:

  • Currently enrolled at one of the UH System Community Colleges as a home campus: Hawai’i CC, Honolulu CC, Kapi’olani CC, Kaua’i CC, Leeward CC, Maui College, and Windward CC.
  • Transferring to UH Mānoa in the Fall.
  • Open to Residents and Non Residents.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3.
  • Must have a minimum of 24 transferable credits already completed.
  • Does not count any of your currently enrolled Spring credits.
  • Must enroll in a degree-seeking program at UH Mānoa the following Fall semester.

How much is the scholarship?

The scholarship is worth $2,000/year ($1,000/semester) based on full time enrollment (12 credits) each semester, and can be renewed for one additional year (ie: maximum 4 consecutive semesters).

How do I apply?

Applications will be open between Oct 1, 2022 and Mar 1, 2023 (4:00 pm HST) on the UH System Common Scholarship Application.
Additional scholarship information and eligibility requirements can be found on the Presidential and Transfer Merit Scholarship webpage.

What is the timeline for awarding?

Date and Time Event
October 1 Applications Open
March 1 (4:00 pm HST) Application Closes
March 8 (4:00 pm HST) Letter(s) of Recommendation due
May (estimated) Award notices start to go out to your UH email

What can the scholarship be used to cover?

The scholarship can cover any Cost of Attendance expenses, such as tuition, room and board, course materials, personal educational expenses. The scholarship will pay out as a part of their financial aid package through MyUH.

Can I combine this Transfer Scholarship with other scholarship opportunities?

This Transfer Merit Scholarship is combinable with the: Pell Grant; Mānoa Opportunity Grant; and WUE and International Merit Award Scholarship; among others. The scholarship is NOT combinable with the Presidential or Manoa Academic Merit Scholarships. You are encouraged to check with individual scholarship organizations/programs/committees to see if they have specific stipulations and restrictions.

Can I defer acceptance?

Students awarded must enroll in the Fall semester that immediately follows the scholarship offer. (Eg, if offered the scholarship in the Spring/Summer 2023, students must enroll at UH Mānoa in Fall 2023).

Enrolling and Renewal

What do I need to do each semester once awarded?

The scholarship requires students to be registered for a minimum of 12 Mānoa credits each semester for the money to disburse. Students who take a course at a community college must enroll for an additional 12 Mānoa credits that semester, minimally, for the money to pay out. Failure to enroll in, and earn a minimum of 12 Mānoa credits each semester will result in the student losing eligibility for renewal the following year.

What do I need to do to renew this scholarship?

The Mānoa Transfer Merit Scholarship is renewable for up to an additional one (1) academic year (Fall/Spring semesters) after the initial award year. Students must meet the following requirements after the first year to renew the scholarship:

  • Mānoa GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Earn 12 Mānoa credits in each of the Fall and Spring semesters of the initial award year.
  • Maintain good standing with the Student Code of Conduct.

Eligibility for renewal will be done automatically by Financial Aid Services towards the end of summer after the Spring grades are released. Until eligibility for renewal is confirmed, the student will NOT see the scholarship listed in any financial aid offer. Your financial aid offer may need to be reevaluated once the scholarship is renewed.

Can I take a leave of absence?

This scholarship is offered for a maximum of two years (4 consecutive Fall/Spring semesters). If a student does not enroll in consecutive semesters, the student will lose eligibility and the scholarship will not be reinstated upon re-enrollment.

Can I regain eligibility if I lose it for one semester?

Unfortunately, once you are deemed ineligible, you will not be able to petition for reinstatement.

Whom do I contact if I have questions?