Scholar Selection Process

Selection of Honolulu ARCS Scholars

The Honolulu Chapter annually supports about a dozen ARCS Scholars through proceeds from endowed funds, donations and chapter fundraising. In early spring, the board determines the number of awards and an allocation committee designates the disciplines to be supported that year. Major donors may designate a preferred field within approved disciplines at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

The chapter notifies university officials in the designated units, who are then responsible for selecting recipients from qualified candidates. The selection process may vary by unit, with some requiring applications or presentations.

To be eliglble to receive an ARCS Scholar Award, nominees must:

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be a full-time doctoral student in good standing
  • plan to continue academic or research activity in the coming year
  • agree to publication of biographical information and photos

As unrestricted awards, funds may be used in any way that advances scholars' research, including equipment, travel and educational or living expenses. They do not qualify as scholarships for tax purposes.

For more information, contact ARCS Foundation, Honolulu Chapter.

ARCS Honolulu's East Iceland Connection

George Walker exhibit in IcelandThe ARCS Foundation name can be found in the oldest building in Breiðdalsvík, Iceland—on a koa bowl tucked atop a file cabinet that is part of an exhibit at the Breiðdalssetur Research and Heritage Center. The exhibit recreates the academic office of acclaimed University of Hawai‘i geologist George P. L. Walker, widely considered to be the father of modern volcanology. The bowl names him the Honolulu Chapter’s 1987 Scientist of the Year. The late Dr. Walker's international honors included Iceland’s Order of the Falcon (the equivalent of a knighthood) for revolutionizing understanding of the island’s geology..

Scholar Alumna Pays it Forward

Pamela Hallock Muller, headshot“ARCS Honolulu Chapter provided recognition that my efforts and education were a worthwhile investment at a time when others could see little future for me.”

1976 Honolulu ARCS Scholar and Tampa Chapter member Pamela Hallock Muller was named one of 25 Top Women Professors in Florida. The University of South Florida marine scientist overcame gender discrimination and has mentored 60 graduate students, 10 of them from underrepresented minorities.