Scholarship applications due soon for ‘Duke’s Sports’

As a tribute to Olympic swimmer and gold medal winner Duke Kahanamoku, the 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 now open through Nov. 24.

Ambassador of Aloha Scholarships are open to any Hawaii resident who is enrolled full time in undergraduate studies and currently competing in water sports or volleyball, and is involved in community service. Awards are $1,000 and up. Applications are available at www.dukefoundation.org.

The Duke Award Scholarship is open only to graduating Hawaii high school 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 one-time scholarship in the state, and will be awarded to one exceptional athlete and leader who embodies the spirit and legacy of Duke 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 at Duke’s Night, a community celebration of Hawaii’s future leaders April 17 at Diamond Head Theatre on Oahu. Bringing together students and their community, the evening will begin with a showcase of the top scholarship candidates for the Duke Award Scholarship of 2020, followed by a white-envelope reveal of the Duke Award winner.

All proceeds from the event will benefit future scholarships.


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