While the most profound impact of Punahou's financial aid program is on the families who receive aid, increased access to a Punahou education has impacted the entire student body which is increasingly economically and culturally diverse.
Diverse Learning Community
In 2013, Punahou received a $10 million gift from anonymous donors to support the School's financial aid program. It is one of the most significant philanthropic contributions in the School's history, and certainly the largest gift ever made outside a capital building campaign.
Many of our donors have taken advantage of the ongoing Changing Lives Challenge, which matches every dollar donated to create or expand an endowed financial aid fund by $25,000 or more – doubling impact and increasing opportunities for promising children to attend Punahou without being limited by family finances.
Star Dahl-Thurston '16
Star Dahl-Thurston '16 is not afraid to be her own person. As a finalist in the Damon Speech contest, class president her sophomore year, or a teaching assistant in the after-school Chinese language immersion program at Wo International Center, Dahl-Thurston projects a confidence, warmth and curiosity that allow her bright personality to shine.