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.

Fire Ants Spark Membership

fire ants on chopstick“I believe we play a part in making our world a safer and healthier place to live. My part may include encouraging talented science students to stay in their fields through the awards that we give. ”

Ann Ho joined the Honolulu Chapter after hearing an ARCS Scholar talk about teaching school children to monitor invasive fire ants with peanut butter and a chopstick.

Bred in Hawai‘i: The ARCS Anthurium

ARCS AnthuriumThe ARCS anthurium was bred by University of Hawai‘i horticulturalist Haruyuki Kamemoto and named in honor of the ARCS Foundation in recognition of the Honolulu Chapter's support of graduate students in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and other University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa programs.