The Associated Chinese University Women (ACUW) was founded in 1931 to ”perpetuate Chinese culture” through its members and others who support educational and charitable purposes in Hawaii; and to “promote, support and contribute to educational and charitable services through organizations, events and activities.”


ACUW awards two types of scholarship. 

1.   The “Regular Scholarships” are funded by ACUW fundraisers and has been available annually. 

2.   The “Special Scholarships”, initiated in 2005, are funded by ACUW families and friends to honor certain ACUW members in memory.


Students may apply to both scholarships, but must submit separate applications for each.   ACUW scholarship applicants must be persons of Chinese ancestry or interested in Chinese culture. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and also be residents of the State of Hawai‘i. They must demonstrate high scholastic achievement, good character, involvement in school and/or community service and financial need. A personal interview may be requested.


See below for 2014 scholarship information.

2014 Scholarships

posted Feb 10, 2014, 10:14 PM by ACUW Hawaii   [ updated Mar 29, 2014, 6:51 PM ]

2014 Regular Scholarships

ACUW will be awarding a number of regular scholarships of $2,000 each for the 2014-2015 academic year. Awards shall be made on the basis of scholastic achievement, financial need, good character, extra-curricular activities, and involvement in school and or community service. Payments will be made in two installments.

The regular scholarship is open to full-time undergraduates students of accredited American universities and four year colleges. In addition the applicants must:

  • Be Chinese or interested in Chinese Culture
  • Be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents and State of Hawai'i  resident.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.8.

A personal interview may be requested. Completed application packets for the Regular Scholarship should be postmarked and mailed by  April 15, 2014 to ACUW Scholarship Committee, c/o Mrs. Betty Chang, 4822 Kolohala St. Honolulu. HI  96816. Please email Mrs. Victoria Ho at  if you have any questions.

2014 Special Scholarship

posted Jan 20, 2014, 12:22 PM by ACUW Hawaii   [ updated Mar 29, 2014, 6:52 PM ]

ACUW is awarding one special scholarship in 2014. Qualifying criteria for selecting successful applicants are similar to those for the regular ACUW scholarships. This means that the applicant must complete the common ACUW application packet that covers academic achievement, financial need and community service. (See attachment below).

The one special scholarship offered in 2014 is the Nancy Wong Yee Scholarship. The award is for $700 for the Fall 2014 college semester. The required  optional major fields of study are education, Chinese or Asian Studies that may include Chinese or Asian history, languages, music, art, dance and theatre. 

Completed application packets for this Special Scholarship must be postmarked and mailed by April 15, 2014 to Ms. Sybil Kyi, 5930 Haleola St., Honolulu, HI 96821. You may email Ms. Kyi at if you have questions.

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