Financial assistance available for Native Hawaiian teachers pursuing National Board Certification

National Board Certification Scholarships provided by ALU LIKE

Native Hawaiian educators who teach at, or are planning to teach at, a Hawaii Department of Education or public charter school can apply for financial assistance as they work toward National Board Certification.

ALU LIKE's National Board Certification Scholarship allows Native Hawaiian educators to attend NEA Jump Start Seminars for free.

Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2019. Assistance will be based on available funding.

These non-credit Jump Start seminars are designed to provide National Board candidates with important information about the certification process, time to examine component and assessment center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to collaborate, gather resources and information needed to pursue certification—all in a supportive, constructive and collegial environment.

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Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be of Native Hawaiian ancestry. All applicants need to submit a birth certificate in order to verify Native Hawaiian ancestry. If your birth certificate does not indicate Hawaiian ancestry, ALSO provide ONE of the following (please do not send the original as it will not be returned):
    • Copy of birth certificate of parent showing Hawaiian ancestry
    • Copy of Kamehameha Schools Ho‘oulu Hawaiian Data Center Certification or Letter
    • Copy of OHA Registry Card
  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher
  • Have completed three full years of teaching or school counseling (only for National Board Certification, not for Professional Development)
  • Possess a valid State of Hawaii teaching/school counseling license. If teaching where a license is not required, have taught in schools recognized and approved to operate by the State
  • Additionally, the applicant should be a candidate seeking certification with plans to teach in a Department of Education or public charter school in Hawaii after completing their National Board Certification.

Download an application here.

Click here for more information or email NBC@alulike.org

At this time, renewal NBCT applicants are not eligible to apply.