As our scholars strive to meet the rising cost of higher education, the foundation aims to provide support for our recipients to achieve their goals. For the 2022-2023 school year, the foundation awarded $128,800 through 34 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and current college students from across Hawaii. The scholarship application dates for the 2023-2024 school year will be announced on this website this fall.


Scholarship Applications

Major Sponsor of 2022-2023 Scholarships

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 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 one-time scholarships available generally ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 each.

Application requirements:
• Online Application
• A Personal Statement (see inside application)
• Transcript of Grades
• Two Letters of Personal Reference
• Athletic Resume (Last Four Years)
• Color Photographs of Applicant: 1 headshot and 1 sports action shot
FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR). ODKF reserves the right to ask for further financial need documentation if needed.

Returning scholarship recipients have fewer requirements.

For college or returning applicants: Division I, 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.

New Applicants Apply Here

Returning scholarship recipients Apply Here

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. Duke Award scholars fulfill the Ambassador of Aloha Scholarship requirements at the highest level. 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
• Athletic Resume (Last Four Years)
• Color Photographs of Applicant: 1 headshot and 1 sports action shot
FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR), or if not available, Federal Tax Return (Applicant’s Parent(s))
• A nomination by school official (Athletic Director, Coach, Teacher, Counselor, or school official) is required.*

Duke Award applications not selected for interviews are automatically rolled over the Ambassador of Aloha application pool. There is no need to apply to both.

* 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.


ODKF scholarship applications will open this fall along with many others on Open an account today.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa lists more local scholarships at this link.

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 2021 Duke's Night Online