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 their goals. In the fiscal year 2020-2021, the Foundation awarded $101,500 through 34 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and current college students from across Hawai’i.  


Scholarship Applications

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 Hawai’i and a U.S. citizen; must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; and must participate in canoeing, surfing, kayaking, swimming, diving, water polo, sailing 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:
• Online Application
• A Personal Statement
• Transcript of Grades
• Two Letters of Personal Reference
• Athletic Resume (Last Three Years)
• Color Photograph of Applicant*
• Federal Tax Return (Applicant’s Parent)

Scholarship applications will be open on this site October 15 - January 31.

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 Scholarship

The Duke Award is a one-time award of up to $15,000 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:
• Online Application
• A Personal Statement
• Transcript of Grades
• Three Letters of Personal Reference with phone and email contact information included.
• Athletic Resume (Last Three Years)
• Color Photographs of Applicant: 1 headshot and 1 sports action shot
• Federal Tax Return (Applicant’s Parent(s))
• A nomination by school official (Athletic Director, Coach, Counselor, and/or Principal) is required.*

Scholarship applications will be open on this site October 15 - January 31.

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.


Duke's Night

Duke’s night is a festive community event that brings together students, their friends, and their families to celebrate scholarship winner accomplishments and encourage them to lead as Ambassadors of Aloha. All awardees are invited from across the islands to be celebrated publicly on stage. The top three candidates for the Duke Award will be showcased individually, followed by a live, white envelope reveal of the top awardee.

View 2020 Duke's Night Online

Mentoring Morning

Scholarship winners are invited to a Mentoring Morning to receive instruction about life and career skills including proper introductions, networking, social media, social branding and influence, entrepreneurship, and what it means to be an Ambassador of Aloha. Scholars are invited to attend an ODKF board meeting that day and personally meet with members of the board.