Lunalilo Scholars Program

The King William Charles Lunalilo Scholars Program was launched at Kapi’olani Community College in the summer of 2012 through the generous support of the Kaneta Foundation and the University of Hawai`i Foundation.

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The mission of the program is to provide opportunities for transformative college experiences for students who have not considered higher education as a viable alternative because of financial or other barriers limiting college access. Through scholarship, academic and personal support and community, students will build a foundation for success in the first year of college as measured by student engagement, learning, and achievement.

The Lunalilo Scholars Program will identify the individual needs of each scholar and provide the necessary tools and resources to build a solid foundation in the first year of college. The Student Learning Outcomes are:

  • Students will feel a sense of place at Kapi’olani Community College and build a community of scholars that provide academic and personal support.
  • Students will engage with the College by identifying and actively participating in campus services and utilizing campus services.
  • Students will build a foundation in the first year that will contribute to academic, career, and personal success.
  • Students will be able to identify their career or degree pathway at KCC or successfully transfer to another campus or program.

Application is Now Open – Deadline is June 10, 2016

In attempts to streamline the application process for students, the Lunalilo Scholars Program and two other Kapi‘olani Community College programs (Kapo‘oloku Program for Native Hawaiian Student Success and Kuilei) have partnered and created a common application.

By filling out this common application, you are applying for both the Lunalilo Scholars Program and the Kapo‘oloku Tuition Waiver Program. Every common application must be accompanied by a referral. Examples of a Referrer are Teachers, Counselors, coaches, social workers, advocates, pastors or mentors.  Applications without a referral are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.  Every complete application will be reviewed and considered for the scholarship and program that best fits the student’s needs and for which the student meets the eligibility requirements.

If you are awarded either scholarship, you are required to attend a program orientation in June (TBD) and the 10 day summer bridge program (3 credits) from August 1-12, from 8:00-4:30. Failure to complete requirements will deem you ineligible and affect future awards.

The LUNALILO SCHOLARS PROGRAM is for those that may want to attend college but are very unlikely to attend without the kind of support offered through this program. This scholarship provides tuition assistance and other support services for the first year in the program. You do not need to be accepted to Kapi‘olani Community College to apply.


  • Must enroll at Kapi‘olani Community College with a minimum of 9 credit hours
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED by the start of the program
  • Must be a state resident
  • Must reside on ‘Oahu by the start of the program
  • Very unlikely to enroll in college without this kind of support

The KAPO‘OLOKU NATIVE HAWAIIAN FIRST TIME STUDENT Tuition Waiver is awarded to students who intend to enroll at Kapi‘olani Community College in the upcoming Academic Year.  Students who are awarded will receive full or partial tuition waivers, up to twelve credits. This award can supplement award of other grants and scholarships.


  • Must enroll at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) for the upcoming Semester
  • Must be of Hawaiian Ancestry, as declared on common application
  • Must have financial need, as determined by federal guidelines, by completion of the FAFSA
  • Can be part time enrolled (minimum 6 credits), preference given to full time students (12 credits)
  • Are a first year student

Overview of Program Benefits and Services

Service Lunalilo Scholars Kapo‘oloku Program
Scholarship for Tuition and Fees X X
Foundation Classes (5 credits) including mandatory Summer Bridge X X
Huaka‘i X X
Books X
Laptop Loan X X
UPass X
Emergency Funds X
Academic and Personal Support X X
Peer Mentors X X
Computer Lab Access and Printing Services X X
Tutoring X X

Apply Online Now!

Submit Referral Here!

Online applications and referrals are due by 11:59pm on June 10, 2016. Applications WILL NOT be reviewed without a referral. Paper applications must be postmarked by June 10, 2016. Applicants will be notified by June 30, 2016 if they have been accepted into either program.

Print an Application Here

Print a Referral Form Here

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