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The HPA Faculty Big Island Scholarship Fund

This unique scholarship was established in 2001 by Bill Davis, a former HPA faculty member who wanted to make the HPA Experience more accessible for Big Island students. Mr. Davis' generous gift and scholarship vision continues to be funded by caring individuals, and significantly helps Hawai'i Island students attend HPA. It is the only scholarship that is administered exclusively by teaching faculty. Particular consideration is placed upon applicants who possess outstanding quality of character, strive for academic excellence, and/or who are engaged in artistic, athletic, or community service oriented pursuits.

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To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have lived on Hawai’i Island and have been a resident in the state of Hawai’i for a minimum of seven years. They also must demonstrate at least 50% financial need. Applicants must submit a brief essay for review by the faculty selection committee.

Deadline to apply is March 6th, 2017

To apply, download the application

We are grateful for the generous support of this fund, which enables us to offer Big Island students the HPA experience!

Your support will go directly to a Hawai'i Island student who deserves and wants to be at HPA.

You may give online here


The Po‘okela (Excellence) Scholarship

Established in 2012, the Ho‘omau I Ka Po‘okela (Continuing With Excellence) Scholarship is available for returning HPA students entering grades 6 or 9 and new students to HPA entering grades 6-11. Recipients will exhibit strong academic potential as demonstrated by the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) results. This scholarship is a merit award (which means families are NOT required to demonstrate financial need). Scholarship recipients will receive 50 percent of the day tuition or 75 percent of the boarding tuition. In addition, qualifying students who demonstrate financial need will receive an additional scholarship that will meet their family’s full demonstrated financial need, less $2,500.

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Scholarship Amount
  • MERIT SCHOLARSHIP COMPONENT: The scholarship awards a merit scholarship toward 50 percent of the day tuition, or 75 percent of the boarding tuition. The scholarship is available regardless of whether the family has applied for financial aid or demonstrated financial need.
  • NEED-BASED FINANCIAL AID SCHOLARSHIP COMPONENT: Families with students who qualify under the merit component may elect to complete a financial aid application. Students whose families demonstrate financial need through the HPA financial aid process will receive an additional scholarship to cover the demonstrated need of the family up to the full tuition, less $2,500.
Applicant Requirements
  • The scholarship is only available for current HPA students entering grades 6 or 9 and new students to HPA entering grades 6-11.
  • Applicants must submit an official SSAT score report to be eligible for the scholarship. The SSAT is the only test that will be considered for the scholarship. All students can register and take the national SSAT as many times as they wish by registering at www.ssat.org. Students also may take the Flex SSAT once a year and can register at www.ssat.org/flex. HPA offers the Flex SSAT occasionally through the spring. To choose HPA as a test center or score recipient, enter the HPA school code: 3766.

    Note: Due to the statistical reliability of the SSAT, a student will score within the same range 85-95 percent of the time he/she takes the test.
  • An applicant is eligible to apply for the scholarship with the following scores:
    Minimum Total SSAT Score

    Entering Grade 6 - 1995
    Entering Grade 7 - 2050
    Entering Grade 8 - 2080
    Entering Grade 9 - 2250
    Entering Grade 10 - 2277
    Entering Grade 11 - 2295

  • Achieving the minimum SSAT score qualifies the student to apply for the Po'okela Scholarship and does not mean an automatic award of the scholarship.
  • HPA will maintain a complement of 20 returning and new scholars from both the Po'okela Scholarship and Na'auao Scholarship
  • The HPA Scholarship Committee will review the SSAT national test averages and potentially change the minimum SSAT scores annually.
  • Students who “continue with excellence” at HPA, both in academic performance and conduct, can generally expect renewal of the scholarship each year. Please note that the financial need-based portion, if any, might fluctuate based upon family financial conditions as demonstrated in annual financial aid applications.
Application

Applicants must first take the SSAT and obtain the minimum score before submitting an application.

Download the Po'okela (Excellence) Scholarship application

Timeline
  • Feb. 6 – HPA admission application priority deadline.
  • Feb. 11 – Last SSAT national test date before the priority round application deadline. Register at www.ssat.org.
  • Feb. 27 – Scholarship application deadline, applications must be received by the HPA Admission Office by 4 p.m.
  • Mar. 6 – HPA notifies families of admission decisions.
  • Mar. 7-10 – Applicants selected to move to the second phase of the application process will be contacted to schedule interviews. Finalists who are applying to HPA will also receive an extension on their acceptance response deadline so they can receive notification of the scholarship decision prior to committing to HPA.
  • April 3-13 – Interviews will be conducted for all scholarship finalists.
  • April 14 – Scholarship decision notifications will be sent to finalists.
  • Rolling: The scholarship committee will continue to review applications on a space available basis until all scholarships have been awarded. Please e-mail scholarship@hpa.edu or refer back to this page to find out if we are still considering applications.
Questions

Please send all questions about The Po'okela (Excellence) Scholarship to:

HPA Scholarship Committee
65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
Kamuela, Hawai‘i 96743-8476
E-mail: scholarship@hpa.edu

The Ho‘omau Ka Na'auao (Continuing With Knowledge) Scholarship

Established in 2014, the Ho‘omau Ka Na'auao (Continuing With Knowledge) Scholarship is available for returning HPA students entering grades 6 or 9 and new students to HPA entering grades 6-11. Recipients will exhibit strong academic potential as demonstrated by the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) results. This scholarship is a merit award (which means families are NOT required to demonstrate financial need). Scholarship recipients will receive 25 percent of the day tuition or 50 percent of the boarding tuition. In addition, qualifying students who demonstrate financial need will receive an additional need-based financial aid award.

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Scholarship Amount
  • MERIT SCHOLARSHIP COMPONENT: The scholarship awards a merit scholarship toward 25 percent of the day tuition, or 50 percent of the boarding tuition. The scholarship is available regardless of whether the family has applied for financial aid or has demonstrated financial need.
  • NEED-BASED FINANCIAL AID SCHOLARSHIP COMPONENT: Families with students who qualify under the merit component may elect to complete a financial aid application. Students whose families demonstrate financial need through the HPA financial aid process will receive an additional financial aid award. These awards will not necessarily meet the full demonstrated need of the family, but should help make HPA an affordable option.
Applicant Requirements
  • The scholarship is only available for current HPA students entering grades 6 or 9 and new students to HPA entering grades 6-11.
  • Applicants must submit an official SSAT score report to be eligible for the scholarship. The SSAT is the only test that will be considered for the scholarship. All students can register and take the national SSAT as many times as they wish by registering at www.ssat.org. Students also may take the Flex SSAT once a year and can register at www.ssat.org/flex. HPA offers the Flex SSAT occasionally through the spring. To choose HPA as a test center or score recipient, enter the HPA school code: 3766.

    Note: Due to the statistical reliability of the SSAT, a student will score within the same range 85-95 percent of the time he/she takes the test.
  • An applicant is eligible to apply for the scholarship with the following scores:
    Minimum Total SSAT Score

    Entering Grade 6 - 1920
    Entering Grade 7 - 2000
    Entering Grade 8 - 2043
    Entering Grade 9 - 2175
    Entering Grade 10 - 2200
    Entering Grade 11 - 2211
  • Achieving the minimum SSAT score qualifies the student to apply for the Ho‘omau Ka Na'auao Scholarship and does not mean an automatic award of the scholarship.
  • HPA will maintain a complement of 20 returning and new scholars from both the Po'okela Scholarship and Ho‘omau Ka Na'auao
  • The HPA Scholarship Committee will review the SSAT national test averages and potentially change the minimum SSAT scores every year. The next review will be in 2016-2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Students who “continue with excellence” at HPA, both in academic performance and conduct, can generally expect renewal of the scholarship each year. Please note that the financial need-based portion, if any, might fluctuate based upon family financial conditions as demonstrated in annual financial aid applications.
Application

Applicants must first take the SSAT and obtain the minimum score before submitting an application.

Download the Ho‘omau Ka Na'auao (Continuing With Knowledge) Scholarship application

Timeline
  • Feb. 6 – HPA admission application priority deadline.
  • Feb. 11 – Last SSAT national test date before the priority round application deadline. Register at www.ssat.org.
  • Feb. 27 – Scholarship application deadline, applications must be received by the HPA Admission Office by 4 p.m.
  • Mar. 6 – HPA notifies families of admission decisions.
  • Mar. 7-10 – Applicants selected to move to the second phase of the application process will be contacted to schedule interviews. Finalists who are applying to HPA will also receive an extension on their acceptance response deadline so they can receive notification of the scholarship decision prior to committing to HPA.
  • April 3-13 – Interviews will be conducted for all scholarship finalists.
  • April 14 – Scholarship decision notifications will be sent to finalists.
  • Rolling: The scholarship committee will continue to review applications on a space available basis until all scholarships have been awarded. Please e-mail scholarship@hpa.edu or refer back to this page to find out if we are still considering applications.
Questions

Please send all questions about The Ho‘omau Ka Na'auao (Continuing With Knowledge) Scholarship to:

HPA Scholarship Committee
65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
Kamuela, Hawai‘i 96743-8476
E-mail: scholarship@hpa.edu

The Kūlia Scholarship

In 2009, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy established The Kūlia Scholarship, an endowment to support high school students who seek the opportunity to excel in a unique secondary school environment. The goal of The Kūlia Scholarship is to recognize students who demonstrate strength and leadership in academics, community involvement/service, and extracurricular activities at their current school. To be eligible for Kūlia Scholarship consideration, financial need must first be demonstrated. Kūlia Scholarships are awarded in various amounts depending on the strength of each applicant as viewed by The Kūlia Scholarship Committee.

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Eligibility
  • The Kulia Scholarship is open to students entering grades 9-12 who are currently enrolled at, or newly accepted to, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy.
  • The student must show strength in academics, leadership, community involvement/service, and school involvement/extracurricular (eg, athletics, arts, clubs).
  • The student must apply for financial aid at HPA and demonstrate 75 to 100 percent need.
Application

A complete application includes the following:

  1. For newly enrolling students, a Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) score report. For more information about the SSAT, please visit www.ssat.org. For returning students, a past SSAT score or the PSAT, SAT, ACT, EXPLORE, PLAN, and ERB's will be accepted in lieu of the SSAT.
  2. Provide an SSS Family Report. Report is available on the sss.nais.org website in your financial aid online account.
    Download the Kulia Scholarship application
On-Campus Interview

Applicants who pass the first review round will be contacted to schedule an on-campus interview. Applicants who live off-island can schedule a Skype interview with the committee in lieu of a personal interview.

Time Line
  • Feb. 6 – HPA admission application priority deadline.
  • Feb. 11 – Last SSAT national test date before the Kulia application deadline. Register at www.ssat.org.
  • Feb. 27 – Scholarship application deadline, applications must be received by the HPA Admission Office by 4 p.m.
  • Mar. 6 – HPA notifies families of admission decisions.
  • Mar. 7-10 – Applicants selected to move to the second phase of the application process will be contacted to schedule interviews. Finalists who applying to HPA will also receive an extension on their acceptance response deadline so they can receive notification of the scholarship decision prior to committing to HPA.
  • April 3-13 – Interviews will be conducted for all scholarship finalists.
  • April 14 - Scholarship decision notifications will be sent to finalists
Questions

Please send all questions about The Kulia Scholarship to:

The Kulia Scholarship Committee
65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
Kamuela, Hawai‘i 96743-8476
E-mail: kulia@hpa.edu

The Hawai‘i Residential Boarding Grant

The 2017-2018 Hawai‘i Residential Boarding Grant is available to parents of boarding students who submit a 2016 Hawai‘i State Tax Return Form N-11 to the Business Office (social security number redacted), showing adjusted gross income of less than $315,000. The grant is $3,600 for seven-day boarding students and $3,100 for five-day boarding students.

Kipona scholarship school collaborator - For grades k, 6, 7, and 9

Hawai'i Preparatory Academy is a Kipona Scholarship School Collaborator. This means, if a student is accepted to HPA and is a recipient of a Kipona Scholarship, the Kipona Scholarship funds will be applied to the tuition balance after the HPA financial aid award has been applied. The Kipona Scholarship is an additional award and does not replace HPA financial aid.

The Kipona Scholarship, offered by Kamehameha Schools, is a competitive, need-based scholarship for students applying to eligible private schools in Hawai'i. For more information about the scholarship, and to apply, visit:

http://www.ksbe.edu/imua/article/changes-coming-fo...

https://apps.ksbe.edu/financialaid/k12/kipona/

New or returning students entering the following grades, and who meet the additional eligibility requirement, may apply for the Kipona Scholarship:

  • Kindergarten
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 9

The scholarship is available for the grades listed based on Hawai'i Preparatory Academy’s location in the West Hawai'i region.

The 2017-2018 Application period is as follows:

Application Open: August 5, 2016

Application Deadline: September 30, 2016

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