PERPETUATING DUKE’S LEGACY

Over $200,000 Awarded in Grants and Scholarships

As our scholars strive to meet the rising cost of higher education, the Foundation aims to provide the necessary support for our recipients to achieve all of their goals. At the conclusion of this application review, the Foundation awarded $155,000 in need-based scholarships to graduating high school seniors and current college students from across the state. Furthermore, the Foundation awarded nearly $64,000 in grants to organizations and individuals that support our Hawaii waterman community, help develop Hawaii’s best ocean athletes and connect our local Keiki to the ocean and beach activities.

scholarships
Accepting Applications
September 15 – November 24

Application requirements help the Scholarship Committee to understand the applicant’s character, athletic history, and financial status.

AMBASSADORS OF ALOHA SCHOLARSHIPS

For full-time, undergraduates attending an accredited college or high school seniors demonstrating financial need. Applicant must be a resident of Hawaii, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and participating in canoeing, surfing, kayaking, swimming, water polo, or volleyball, with a record of accomplishments and intention to compete in college. Applicants should demonstrate the spirit of aloha through leadership and community involvement. Multiple scholarships available. Application requirements:

  1. Online Application
  2. A Personal Statement
  3. Transcript of Grades
  4. Two Letters of Personal Reference
  5. Athletic Resume (Last Three Years)
  6. Color Photograph of Applicant*
  7. Federal Tax Return (Applicant’s Parent)

For college or returning applicants: Division II and III returning athletes should consult with their school’s compliance officer to see if receipt of ODKF funds (scholarships partially based on athletic ability) could impact eligibility.

DUKE AWARD

The Duke Award is a one-time, $25,000 award, created to recognize an outstanding Hawaii high school senior who exemplifies the character and personality traits of Duke Kahanamoku. This scholarship will help raise awareness about Duke and inspire individuals to emulate his character. Applicants for the Duke Award must be nominated by a school or athletic official. Application requirements:

  1. Online Application
  2. A Personal Statement
  3. Transcript of Grades
  4. Three Letters of Personal Reference with phone and email contact information included.
  5. Athletic Resume (Last Three Years)
  6. Color Photograph of Applicant*
  7. Federal Tax Return (Applicant’s Parent(s))
  8. A nomination by school official (Athletic Director, Coach, Counselor, and/or Principal) is required*

Each school may nominate up to 3 candidates to be considered for the Duke Award, only 3 to 6 Hawaii high school seniors are selected as finalists each year for this prestigious award. Those students who are not selected as a finalist will automatically be considered for the Ambassador of Aloha Scholarships. Scholars applying to the Duke Award who do not have a nomination from their school official will only be considered for the Ambassador of Aloha Scholarships. Incomplete applications will not be considered for either scholarship. Applicants should be sure to complete every field.

grants
Accepting Applications
August 1 – September 15

Application requirements helps the Scholarship Committee to understand the team’s character, athletic history, and financial status.

TEAM GRANT

Team grants are awarded to sports teams that Duke played who and support Hawaii’s waterman community, help develop Hawaii’s best athletes, and connect our Keiki to Duke’s legacy. Application requirements:

  1. Online Application
  2. Letter of Financial Need
  3. Statement of Team History, Performance, and Composition
  4. Federal Tax Return (Team)
  5. Team’s Athletic Resume (Last Three Years)
  6. Reference Letter(s)
  7. Organization’s Purpose Statement
  8. Recent Photograph of Team*

EVENT GRANT

Event grants are given to specific events that perpetuates Duke’s legacy and spirit, and promotes ocean, beach, and sport activities and safety. Application requirements:

  1. Online Application
  2. Letter of Financial Need
  3. Event History (Last Three Years)
  4. Comparison of Event to Similar Competitions
  5. Federal Tax Return (Team)
  6. Organization’s Purpose Statement
  7. Recent Photograph of Event*