[§304A‑504] Hawaii state scholars program. (a) There is established the Hawaii state scholars program to be administered by the University of Hawaii. This program shall be used to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships for up to four years to any qualified student enrolled at any campus of the University of Hawaii with the possibility of renewal for a fifth year in exceptional circumstances.
(b) Appropriations for the state scholars program shall be deposited into the [University of Hawaii scholarship and assistance special fund] established pursuant to section [304A‑2159]. The number of scholarships awarded and amount of each scholarship shall be determined by the university subject to the availability of funds.
The University of Hawaii shall offer scholarships to pay for educational costs, such as tuition, fees, books, housing, and other educational costs; provided that the scholarship applicant:
(1) Is a bona fide resident of the State, for tuition purposes, at the time of admission to the university;
(2) Presents evidence of academic excellence by meeting one or more of the following:
(A) Graduation from a public or private high school in the State as a valedictorian of the applicant's class;
(B) Has a cumulative high school grade point average of 4.0 as determined for admission to the university; or
(C) Has achieved a test score on a standardized college admission test recognized and accepted by the university for admission consideration, such as SAT or ACT, that places the student among the top ten percentile of students taking the test nationwide;
(3) Enrolls at a University of Hawaii system campus within eighteen months of graduating from high school; and
(4) Maintains satisfactory progress toward degree completion and a cumulative 3.0 grade point average. [L 2006, c 257, §2]
Section was enacted as an addition to repealed chapter 304, but is codified to this chapter pursuant to L 2006, c 75, §18.