Duke foundation college scholarships open to Hawaii athletes

As a tribute to Olympic swimmer and gold medal winner Duke Kahanamoku, Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation scholarships are awarded to competitors in “Duke’s Sports” — surfing, sailing, swimming, diving, canoeing, water polo, kayaking and volleyball.

Applicants should demonstrate aloha for their communities and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average. The application process for all scholarships is open through Nov. 24.


Ambassador of Aloha scholarships are open to any Hawaii resident enrolled full-time in undergraduate studies currently competing in water sports or volleyball and involved in community service. Awards will range from $1,000 and more. Applicants can apply directly at www.dukefoundation.org.

The Duke Award scholarship is open only to graduating Hawaii seniors who plan to enroll full-time in undergraduate studies and continue to play a “Duke’s Sport” at a competitive level in college. This $25,000 award is the largest onetime scholarship in the state and will be awarded to one exceptional athlete and leader who embodies the spirit and legacy of Kahanamoku.

Applicants for the Duke Award must be nominated by a school or athletic official. To nominate a student, send the student’s name, email, “Duke’s Sport” and a brief statement about why he or she should be nominated to info@dukefoundation.org.

Any student who applies for the Duke Award will automatically be considered for the Ambassador of Aloha scholarships and need not apply twice.

All scholarship winners will be publicly celebrated during Duke’s Night, a community celebration of Hawaii’s future leaders, on Friday, April 17, 2020, at Diamond Head Theatre in Honolulu.


Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation has gifted more than $3 million in grants and scholarships since its inception in 1986.

For more information, visit www.DukeFoundation.org or email info@DukeFoundation.org.

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