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What are the types of scholarships available at BYU-Hawaii?

If you are a new/transferring student to BYU-Hawaii, you can view the available scholarships here.
If you are a current/returning student to BYU-Hawaii, you can view the available scholarships here.

How do I apply for institutional scholarships?

New/transferring student

  • David O' McKay Recruiting Scholarship: there is no application for this scholarship. The Admissions Office uses the information you provided on your besmart application (the same application you filled out to apply to be admitted to BYU-Hawaii) to determine if you are a candidate. As the semester you were admitted approaches, you will receive an email letting you know if you are a recipient.
  • Returned Missionary Voucher: a voucher needs to be filled out and submitted by your ex-Mission President. You can find more information about it here.

Current/Returning Student

  • Merit Scholarship: there is no application for the merit scholarship. however, you need to be eligible and meet the requirements to receive one. Visit the Merit Scholarship section of our website to learn more.
  • Academic Department Scholarship: Academic departments decide on who receives an academic department scholarship. Contact your Academic Department directly.
  • Leadership Scholarship: Student Leadership oversees those scholarships. Contact Student Leadership (located in the Aloha Center).

I'd like to write a Thank You! letter to my scholarship donor. How do I do that?

Expressing gratitude is a great quality to cultivate early on, and a great habit to have in your future career. Unfortunately, we do not have, nor can we share any information about the generous donors to BYU-Hawaii. Here are two options however:

  1. You may fill out the survey and thank you letter on the Financial Aid website.
  2. You may type a note or letter, addressed to "Generous Donor of" and include the name of your scholarship, and email it to Jan Lesuma at LDS Philanthropies.

Why isn't my scholarship applying to the charges on my student account?

One of the most common reasons scholarships don't apply to your student account has to do with the number of credits you are enrolled in. Most scholarships require you to register for 14 credits for Fall and Winter (9 credits for Spring) before they can be applied to your student fees.
If you are enrolled in 14 credits (9 credits in Spring) and your scholarship still isn't posted to your account, contact Financial Aid at (808) 675-3316.

When can I receive my scholarships?

Generally, awards will be placed on student accounts as "pending aid" one week after grades have been submitted.  Assuming all requirements for financial aid have been met, students "pending aid" will be disbursed (posted) on the Friday of the first week of school.

Can I defer my merit scholarship?

If you are leaving campus because of a mission, military service, and you are taking a Leave of Absence, your merit scholarship will automatically transfer for the semester you are returning to campus. You may want to visit the Financial Aid Office so that the Counselor over Scholarships makes a note of this and disburse the award correctly.
Keep in mind that if you take a leave or discontinue for longer than 3 consecutive semesters/terms, you will need to complete one full-time semester/term (14 credits for Fall/Winter, 9 credits for Spring) before becoming eligible.

How many credits do I have to take to receive my scholarship?

Unless you are notified differently, you will need to enroll in 14 credits for the Fall and Winter semesters, and in 9 credits for the Spring semester.

I'm graduating this semester and don't need 14 credits (or 9 credits for Spring). Can I still receive my scholarship?

Yes. You must fill out a Reduced Course Load form (contact your Academic Advisor) if you are enrolled in less than 12 credits for Fall/Winter, and 8 credits for Spring.

Where will my scholarship go if my tuition/fees is/are already paid?

After all your tuition and other fees are paid, any excess scholarship funds will be refunded to you. If you set up a direct deposits for refunds (this is highly recommended and to be set up through your Student Center), the excess funds will be sent directly to your bank account. 
Note: direct deposits for refunds are different from direct deposits for paychecks. If you don't set up your student account for a direct deposit for refunds, you will receive an email form the Cashier's Office letting you know that your refund check is available for pick up (bring an ID). After 3 days, your check will be mailed to the mailing address listed on your student account.

How do I contact the Financial Aid Office if i have more questions?

We are located in the Lorenzo Snow Building (LSB), right across the Admissions Office.
Our office main number is (808) 675-3316, and our email address is financialaid@byuh.edu.
Our mailing address is 55-220 Kulanui Street, #1955, Laie, HI 96762-1293.