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The Hiram and Trudi deFries Scholarship

Established by alumna Tamar deFries Saronitman and Jed P. Saronitman, the Hiram and Trudi deFries Scholarship has been established to provide scholarship support for students intent on pursuing a career to ensure social and economic justice for Hawaiian Home Land communities and/or federally recognized tribes. Based on the eligibility criteria, one $1,200 scholarship is awarded annually. You must satisfy the following criteria:

Eligibility: You must satisfy the following criteria
  • Be a full-time, outstanding undergraduate or graduate Ethnic Studies major or minor
  • Be in good academic standing

Essay Requirement:

  • Describe past or intended community work or advocacy in the area of socioeconomic development and how scholarship funds will advance such future goals and projects
  • If you have had residency in Hawaiian home lands or federal designated Indian lands please note in your essay and indicate location


  • Preference will be given first to students who have demonstrated Hawaiian Home Land residency and secondly to students with verifiable federal designated Indian lands residency, and only if there are no students from a Hawaiian home lands community at the time that scholarships are awarded

To Apply:

Complete the University's online scholarship application and contact if you have any questions.