Welcome to the Kipaipai Program website! 

Applications for 2018 CLOSED 

The first year of college is critical because it forms a foundation for each student's success. At Kaua`i Community College, we help students by providing a variety of support services and resources in preparation for their first year. The Kipaipai Program ensures that every student has the support needed to have an "amazing" first year at college.

"Kipaipai" means: to encourage and inspire. The Kipaipai Program helps students succeed academically and personally through a comprehensive set of activities, courses and one-on-one support. Nationwide studies have shown that students who participate in first-year experience programs have a higher grade point average, are more likely to complete their degree program, and are more likely to take advantage of campus resources. 

  1. NEW Kauaʻi Community College students enrolling in college for the first time in Fall 2018*
  2. Must be majoring in a degree-seeking program
  3. Must have earned high school diploma, GED, or HI State recognized equivalent by June 1, 2018
*Previous participation in Running Start, Early College, or Jump Start only are eligible 
**Students in the Wai`ale`ale Project will receive support directly from the Wai`ale`ale Program and are, therefore, not eligible for the Kipaipai Program.

Students who participate in The Kipaipai Program will receive:

$450 scholarship
Students who meet Kipaipai requirements receive $450 at the beginning of each semester to use for tuition and fees, books, or supplies. This amount is roughly equivalent to the cost of one, 3-credit course and a textbook. Students may receive the scholarship if they meet "all" of the requirements listed below for up to three consecutive semesters ($1,350 total).

Student Support Coordinator
The Student Support Coordinator will be in contact with participants and their instructors throughout the school year to provide support, encouragement, and accountability.

Peer Mentor Support 
We have assembled an "awesome" team of second and third year students who will help you navigate the first year.

Requirements of Kipaipai Program Participants:
  1. Complete the Online Application
  2. Attend one New Student Orientation
  3. Sign a Student Commitment Contract 
  4. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually
  5. Maintain contact with Kipaipai Program staff regarding progress in classes and instructor feedback
  6. Participate in a Mid-Term Progress Check each semester
  7. Attend one Success Workshop each semester
  8. Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress each semester
To apply for the Kipaipai Program, complete the first four requirements listed above. 

Please note that you will be notified via mail if/when you are accepted into the program. Space is limited, and available on a first come, first serve basis. 

For more information, contact us today!

3-1901 Kaumuali`i Hwy.
Lihue, HI 96766