STARTUP Scholarship

The KapCC STEM Program is a recipient of the National Science Foundation S-STEM grant. This grant funds scholarships to select students pursuing STEM careers. STEM students may receive up to $3600 per year (in bi-annual increments). A reduced award (up to $1500) is available to exceptional Senior Summer Bridge participants.

Do you qualify?

  • You must be a full-time student pursuing an Associate of Science degree in Natural Science (ASNS) at KapCC. If you are not yet in this degree program you will need to complete a Change of Major Form and a STEM Student Application Form.
  • You must qualify for financial aid. Apply for financial aid online. Be sure to enter KapCC’s school code (001613).
  • You must have completed 12 or more college credits with a GPA of 2.8 or higher (on 4 point scale). If you have fewer than 12 college credits, both your college GPA and your high school GPA must be 2.8 or higher. The Summer Bridge applicants must have a high school GPA of 2.8 or higher.
  • You must qualify for, be enrolled in or have completed Math 135.
  • You must be a US citizen, US national or eligible non-citizen.

How do you apply?

  1. Complete the application form available online at ( Please submit your application along with the required supporting documents by the deadline. The next deadline will be March 2, 2015.
  2. Complete all of the questions on pages 1-7. These are common questions for all of the scholarships serviced by this website.
  3. Skip to page 11 and and complete the information requested in the section for Natural Science.
  4. Please note that if you are intending to apply for other scholarships serviced by this website, you may be required to answer questions on additional pages. Seek assistance from the appropriate parties.
  5. You will be required to write two essays (page 6 of the online application) in order to be considered for the START-UP scholarship. You may write these in advance and copy/paste your text into the boxes provided. The essays include:
    Community Service
    Describe your volunteer and community service work. (600 word essay). Please include, if applicable 1) any activities that include volunteer work and community services; 2) any services that demonstrate your willingness to contribute or give back to the Hawaii community
    Personal Statement
    Please complete a personal statement. (900 word essay) Please include, if applicable: 1) your educational and career goals; 2) current employment; 3) any accomplishments, including any honors or awards; 4) your personal background, including any highlights, special situations in your life or other information; 5) any barriers to you obtaining your educational goals and how you plan to overcome them.
    Please note: there are other essays on page 6 of the application that you can ignore unless you intend to apply for other scholarships that may require them.
  6. Official transcripts are required. They must be post-marked by March 1 and sent to: University of Hawaii, Office for Student Affairs, Attention: UH System Scholarship Committee, 2444 Dole Street, Bachman Hall 109H, Honolulu, HI 96822. If you have fewer than 12 college credits, please submit your high school and college transcripts (if any college credit has been earned). If you have 12 college credits or more, only your college transcript(s) are required.
  7. One letter of recommendation is required from someone who is familiar with your academic abilities and/or external STEM activities. Please note that the online scholarship application asks for two letters of recommendation (page 2). Only one is required for the START-UP scholarship. However, if you intend to be considered for other scholarships serviced by this website, two letters of recommendation will be needed. An electronic letter of recommendation submission process is integrated into the application on page 2. Go there for instructions. There is a tool to manage your recommendation(s) to make sure that a recommendation has been submitted.
  8. It is your responsibility to make sure your required transcript(s) and letter of recommendation are also submitted in a timely fashion.
  9. Once you have submitted the application; and a letter of recommendation and transcripts have been received, all in a timely fashion, your math qualification, degree/major and financial need will be validated using the student information system.

If you are awarded a START-UP Scholarship, what do you have to do retain it?

  • You must remain a full-time student and continue to meet the qualifying criteria indicated above.
  • You must complete surveys when requested for the purpose of collecting data about the impact of the scholarship program.
  • You may be asked to maintain an e-portfolio to record your learning experiences in KapCC’s STEM Program.


Contact Dr. Bob Moeng on campus in Koki‘o 202H or contact START-UP Scholarship staff via email ( .