Hawai'i conservation alliance



Student Rate

Qualifying students may register for discounted rates for the HCC, and will have all rights and privileges of full conference registration. Verification is required upon registration with a student ID or record of class registration. 

Three day access for students costs $160, and 1 day access for students costs $80. Visit our Register page for more information.

Student Scholarship

In partnership with Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation’s Environmental Leadership Pathways Initiative, the HCC Student Scholarship Program aims to provide a one-of-a-kind career development opportunity for students and emerging professionals interested in pursuing a career in a conservation-related field. If accepted, student scholarship recipients are able to attend the conference for a reduced rate of $50. Celebrating its 5th year, this program has grown to include high school students, college students and emerging professionals across the Hawaiian Islands. This year, HCA is accepting 180 students into the program.

In addition, the students that are accepted into the Student Scholarship program will also be eligible to participate in the Nāhululeihiwakuipapa Mentorship Program. The intention is to provide an opportunity for emerging professionals from Hawai‘i to meet and network with Hawaii’s established professionals in the conservation research and natural resource management community. For established professionals, it is an opportunity to mentor the next generation of conservationists, managers and educators, along with sharing their journey in this field. Emerging professionals will benefit from one-on-one interaction with respected professionals in their areas of interest.



Preference will be given to eligible applicants who meet the evaluation criteria:

  • A resident of Hawaiʻi
  • A current Hawaiʻi high school junior or senior, OR a recent graduate of a Hawaiʻi high school
  • An emerging professional that recently graduated, and is no more than three years into his/her career
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to conservation in Hawaiʻi

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • Program eligibility requirements
  • Completed application
  • Personal Statement

*Please note: if you are awarded, you will receive a code to register for the HCC. At the time of registration, you will be charged the subsidized $50 (normally $160). We also provide a travel stipend for our neighbor island attendees. Checks will be distributed on Thursday, July 20th in the afternoon. You must be present to receive your stipend.

The deadline to apply is May 15th, 2017


Next Gen Workshop

Student Awards


Each year at the Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference, cash prizes are awarded for the top student presentations in the following categories:

  • First Place Award for Outstanding Poster (Graduate)
  • Runner-Up for Outstanding Poster (Gradute)
  • First Place Award for Outstanding Presentation (Graduate)
  • Runner-Up for Outstanding Presentation (Graduate)
  • Best Undergraduate Student Presentation
  • Runner-Up Undergraduate Student Presentation
  • Honorable Mention Undergraduate Student Presentation

Awards are based on scoring by volunteer judges attending the conference. Students are scored according to creative ability, scientific procedures, thoroughness, competence, and communication. 

To apply, check the STUDENT box when submitting your abstract:

Toward the end of Step 1 of the Abstract Submission process, check the box that says -

STUDENT: Evaluate my presentation for the Best Student Paper/Poster Award. The presenter must be the principal author of the work being presented and must be enrolled in an academic degree program through Spring semester/quarter of 2017.

In order to participate, the presenter must be the principal author of the work being presented, and must be enrolled in an academic degree program through the Spring semester/quarter of 2017 (recent graduates acceptable).