Dr. Niki Libarios #BeKindToAStudent Scholarship

Niki Libarios with students


In memory of Tinalak’s Co-Founder, Dr. Niki Libarios who passed away in August 2017, the Council founded the Dr. Niki Libarios #BeKindToAStudent Scholarship.  Along with serving as a co-founder of Tinalak, Dr. Libarios was the Director of the UHM-COE Office of Student Academic Services.  A former academic advisor, community college counselor, and elementary school teacher, his research interests centered on Filipino recruitment, persistence, and community college transfer in higher education. In all of his work, Dr. Libarios lived by the motto #BeKindToAStudent. Having been a community college transfer student himself, he believed in paying it forward through kindness and empowerment.

For more information about Dr. Niki Libarios please see the following two articles:

Niki Libarios

Scholarship Details

The Dr. Niki Libarios #BeKindToAStudent Scholarship assists UHM COE undergraduate and graduate students who are committed to serving the Filipino community. Funds shall be used for but not limited to costs associated with attendance (e.g. tuition, books, fees, etc.), travel costs, stipend, etc. In addition, students may be asked to attend the annual Pamantasan Conference to participate and become more aware of Filipino issues in education.


Scholarships for undergraduate students will range from $500-1,000 depending on the availability of funds. Scholarships for graduate students will vary.

Deadline to Apply is March 15

Applications for the 2024-2025 academic year may be completed online beginning October 12, 2023 and are due by March 15, 2024.

Application Components

A Google Form, including short answer questions, must be completed. Two letters of recommendation, one from a member of an academic institution and one from a member of a community organization, must also be submitted.

Criteria to Apply

Prospective recipients should have some degree of financial need, though not necessarily determined by federal guidelines. They must also show academic merit, as determined by the selection committee. In addition, they must meet these criteria.

UHM-COE Enrollment

Students must be enrolled either part- or full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student in the UHM College of Education at the time of scholarship application and disbursement.

Commitment to Filipinos

Students must demonstrate a commitment to serving the Filipino community.

CC Transfers & Hawai’i HS Graduates

Preference will be given to students who have graduated from high school in Hawai’i and/or who have transferred from a UH community college.

2024-2025 Application

Application Closed

Please Donate

Donations to the Dr. Niki Libarios #BeKindToAStudent Scholarship are also welcome. Please join us in honoring Dr. Libarios’ legacy and supporting Tinalak’s mission to inspire a new generation of educators through your generosity. We hope that the impacts of this support will be felt in Hawaiʻi’s Filipino communities and beyond.

*Donor site: http://bit.ly/bekindtoastudentdonate

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