Scholarships & Financial Aid

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The School of Travel Industry Management at the Shidler College of Business recognizes that pursuing higher education is a big investment. In order to support students financially, the TIM School offers numerous ways to fund your education. Outside of the TIM School, multiple industry organizations also offer scholarships to students majoring in TIM.

Please see below for resources and information. Students should also visit the financial aid website for additional scholarship and financial aid opportunities.

Incoming TIM students

  • Amount: Up-to $4,000
  • Eligibility: Incoming freshman with a declared BS-TIM major (fall admissions only)
  • Application Requirements: No application required. Scholarships are automatic and based upon merit. If you would like to submit a personal statement for consideration regarding your interest and how this scholarship will help support your studies, please email: timinfo@hawaii.edu
  • Deadline: Declared BS-TIM major by April 1 (priority will be given to students declared by March 1)
  • Amount: Up-to $4,000
  • Eligibility: Incoming transfer student with a declared BS-TIM major (fall admissions only). Second degree seeking students are ineligible.
  • Application Requirements: No application required. Scholarships are automatic and based upon merit. If you would like to submit a personal statement for consideration regarding your interest and how this scholarship will help support your studies, please email: timinfo@hawaii.edu
  • Deadline: Declared BS-TIM major by April 1 (priority will be given to students declared by March 1)
  • Amount: Up-to $4,000
  • Eligibility: Current Manoa students who change/declare their major in TIM (fall major change/declarations only)
  • Application Requirements: No application required. Scholarships are automatic and based upon merit. If you would like to submit a personal statement for consideration regarding your interest and how this scholarship will help support your studies, please email: timinfo@hawaii.edu
  • Deadline: Change/declaration of major applications must be received by March 1

Current TIM students

  • Amount: Up-to $12,000 per academic year (fall & spring semesters) for two years (junior & senior year)
  • Eligibility: BS-TIM major student, 3.0 cumulative GPA, junior standing by first semester of scholarship, Hawaii resident, and Hawaii high school graduate. Preference for students who are Native Hawaiian or part-Hawaiian, have high financial need, are from an underrepresented ethnic group, or who graduated from: Kamehameha Schools, Damien Memorial School, Mary, Star of the Sea School, Maryknoll School, Sacred Hearts Academy, St. Anthony School, St. Joseph School, St. Louis School, Saint Michael School, or St. Patrick School.
  • Application Requirements: Application, resume, and personal statements discussing extra-curricular activities, personal and professional goals; panel interview
  • Deadline: early Summer
  • Application: by invitation only - sent directly to invitees
  • Amount: Varies (up-to $5,000)
  • Eligibility: BS-TIM major student & varies – see STAR Scholarships for details
  • Application Requirements: Application and personal statements discussing extra-curricular activities, personal and professional goals
  • Deadline: mid-February
  • Application: Apply Here
  • Amount: Up-to $3,500
  • Eligibility: BS-TIM major student, Hawaii resident, Hawaii high school graduate
  • Application Requirements: No application required. Scholarships are automatic and based upon merit.
  • Deadline: Students must be currently enrolled and a declared BS-TIM major student by May 15. Students are informed directly of their Hastings scholarship award during the summer for the upcoming school year.

The TIM school is able to offer the Johnson Scholarship, courtesy of alumni William R. Johnson Jr., who has established the Study Abroad Endowment to assist students in funding their travel expenses. TIM major students who will be studying overseas through MIX/NSE during the fall or spring semester are eligible to receive up to $5,000. Students must meet program requirements, including a minimum 3.0 GPA

For more information or fill out the application

The UH Mānoa Outreach College offers scholarships for TIM major students planning to take summer classes.

Summer Success Scholarship
  • Amount: Up-to $1,200
  • Eligibility: BS-TIM major student taking a summer class. Second degree seeking students are ineligible. Preference given to juniors and seniors.
  • Application Requirements: Application and personal statements discussing financial need and academic plans.
  • Deadline: end of March
  • Application: sent directly to students in spring semester
Freshmen & Sophomore Merit Scholarships
  • Amount: Up-to $1,200
  • Eligibility: UH Manoa freshman or sophomore student taking a summer class & varies - see outreach college summer sessions financial for more details
  • Application Requirements: Application and personal statements discussing financial need and academic plans.
  • Deadline: early to mid April
  • Application: Apply Here

Students should also refer to the Summer Sessions Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

Industry Scholarships

The Hooilina Scholarship is a partnership between the Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR), Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA), and the University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business, School of Travel Industry Management, with funding generously provided through support from the Hawaii State Legislature. The Hooilina scholarship is a four-year scholarship (up to $27k per year) awarded to four (4) Hawaii public high school graduates (one from each county) who enroll at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and declare a major in Travel Industry Management (TIM). The annual funding pays for: tuition, fees, books, meals and on-campus housing.

For more information and to start the application

As an affiliated school with the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), the AHLA Foundation generously provides scholarship funds specifically for TIM major students. These school-nominated scholarships are merit based, with nominations given to high achieving TIM major students and priority to AHLA student club members.

  • Amount: Varies (up-to $6,000)
  • Eligibility: Current full-time (12 credits) BS-TIM major student & 3.0 cumulative GPA *priority is given to AHLA members
  • Application Requirements: Application and official nomination from TIM School (determined by AHLA faculty advisor & TIM OSAS)
  • Deadline: mid-February
  • Application: Apply Here via AHLA Foundation (nomination done separately, nominees are notified directly)

The AHLA Foundation also awards scholarships outside of TIM School-nominations. Nominations from the TIM School are not required for these scholarships. All TIM major students are encouraged to apply.

Skäl International Hawaii generously provides scholarship funds specifically for TIM major students. These scholarships are merit based, with nominations given to high achieving TIM major students and priority to Young Skäl student club members.

  • Amount: Varies (up-to $3,000)
  • Eligibility: Current full-time (12 credits) BS-TIM major student & 3.0 cumulative GPA *priority is given to Young Skäl Members
  • Application Requirements: Application, nomination from TIM School (determined by Young Skäl advisor & TIM OSAS), and interview
  • Deadline: Early April
  • Application: Sent directly to student nominees

The Hawaiʻi Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) generously provides scholarships to students pursuing studies in travel industry management. Deadlines, application and eligibility requirements may vary. Students are encouraged to review the HLTA website for more information and to apply!

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