The Roland Kotani Endowment Fund Student Scholarship | 2020 – 2021

This endowment was established by the family and friends of the late State Representative Roland Kotani who was influential in the development of the Department of Ethnic Studies and in a revitalized effort to engage Hawaii's young people in progressive politics. The award is intended to assist students who share his interest in social change to empower people.

  • Award amount: $1000
  • Application Due Date: March 16, 2021


  • ES major or certificate student at UH Mānoa
  • Junior or Senior standing
  • 3.0 GPA in social science course work

The student selected will be required to undertake a community research or service learning project and enroll in ES 380: Fieldwork in Ethnic Studies or ES 399: Directed Reading/Research under the supervision of an Ethnic Studies faculty for a total of 6 credits for the year (2 semesters).


Eligible students should submit their applications through the STAR Scholarship (search for the Roland Kotani Scholarship Fund, ID #9332).

Applicants must:

  • Answer the prompts in STAR.
  • Upload a 2-page double-spaced proposal as a PDF. The proposal should describe the service learning or research project and explain the choice of site and/or research topic and goals of the project.
  • Solicit 2 letters of recommendation from UH faculty familiar with the applicant's academic interests and proposed research. Letter submission details are sent directly to the faculty listed through STAR.

For more information, contact Ethnic Studies at 956-8086 or the department chair at 956-5144 |