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Weʻve got your first year covered

Attention Windward O‘ahu public and charter high school graduating seniors from the Class of 2023! Are you looking forward to your college experience and not sure how you will pay for it? We’ve got you covered for the first year, saving you up to $3,144 on tuition. If your financial aid doesn’t cover tuition, we will. In addition to the Ho‘olei Scholarship, Windward CC offers on- and off-campus jobs.

What is the Ho‘olei Scholarship at Windward CC?

Ho‘olei covers the cost of tuition and fees after financial aid awards are applied for the 2023–2024 academic year, which includes up to 15 credits in the fall and spring semesters while attending Windward Community College. The Ho‘olei Scholarship is made possible through a grant from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, who strongly believes in higher education to strengthen individuals and families on the Windward side. 

Participating High Schools:

Kahuku High School
Castle High School
Kalaheo High School
Kailua High School
Hakipu‘u Learning Center
Ke kula ‘o Samuel Kamakau
Olomana School
Waipahu School for Adults


  • Be a Windward O‘ahu public or charter high school 2023 graduate, or received your General Education Development (GED) certificate or diploma in fall ʻ22, spring or summer ʻ23
  • Have a Windward O‘ahu address 
  • Apply to Windward Community College (select Windward as your home campus); and choose your major (liberal arts, Hawaiian studies, veterinary technology, or natural sciences) 
  • Submit the FAFSA application for financial aid

Take the first step


Submit the easy Kama‘āina application and donʻt forget to select Windward Community College as your home campus.

Submit the FAFSA

(Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

It is important that you submit the application to be eligible for the Ho‘olei Scholarship, which will cover any tuition that isnʻt covered by your financial aid award.

Submit the Ho‘olei Scholarship Application

After you submit your FAFSA, fill out the Ho‘olei Scholarship application. Itʻs super easy.


Check your email account for updates or email with any questions you may have.

Ho‘olei Tuition Award 2022–2023

(Note: applications are now closed for this academic year)

A full-tuition award covering the cost of attendance for your first year at Windward CC in Fall 2022.

Am I eligible? Yes! If you are:

  • Windward area public and charter high school 2022 graduate
  • Attending Windward Community College in Fall 2022 with any amount of credits (FYI, the more credits you take in your first year, the more tuition will be paid, and the faster you get to graduation day! 12 credits = full time, four classes is typically a full-time schedule)

How do I apply?

  • Be sure to apply to Windward Community College using the Kama‘āina Application
  • Fill out the Ho‘olei Tuition Award application (click on button below)

In addition to the Ho‘olei award, Windward CC offers on- and off-campus jobs. For more information, view this news release or email us with any questions at We will be happy to get you started.