Ku'u Punahou: Financial Aid – Where We Are Today

Last fall, the Punahou Bulletin took an in-depth look at the School's financial aid program and shared some of the stories of our student beneficiaries. This year, our total financial aid budget and the percentage of current students receiving financial aid continued to grow, helping to build the diverse learning community that will benefit all of Punahou's students and prepare them for today's global society. This is a key priority of the Ku'u Punahou campaign, which aims to add an additional $45 million to our restricted endowment for financial aid.

Changing Lives

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.

Where are they now? We caught up with a few recent graduates from the Class of 2016 who attended Punahou with the support of our generous donors.

My nine-year Punahou career would not have been possible without this remarkable financial aid program. Punahou gave me the skills and confidence I needed to move to the East Coast and chase my academic aspirations. – Kylie Umehira, Boston University

My Punahou education taught me to explore every possibility and connection. I've gotten involved with an a cappella group, a stage production and Asian-American activism. – Clarissa Heart, Oberlin College

I am at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where I am playing volleyball. Without the help of all my teachers I wouldn't be where I am today. – Wil Stanley, Brigham Young University

I am so thankful for all of the opportunities that Punahou has given me, including teaching me how to balance being academically successful at one of the toughest schools in the nation on top of being a Division 1 cross country and track athlete. – Teri Brady, United States Air Force Academy

Now that I've graduated from Punahou, I'm meeting new people, learning about medical device design, and traveling along the West Coast racing other colleges in collegiate sailing. – Mason Comerford, University of Southern California

Punahou has allowed me to prosper as a student, young adult, daughter, sister, athlete and so much more. – Haleigh Creedon, Pacific Lutheran University

With all the mentoring I received from Punahou, I am now on my way to college where I'll be able to put Punahou's education to full use. – Alex Hong, University of Oregon

After spending a month in New Orleans, I can honestly say that the skills and confidence that I've acquired, from not only my musical education at Punahou, but my education as a whole, has prepared me to be a leader in many aspects of my college experience. I am proud to be where I am today, singing everyday; a little Jazz, and a little Hawaiian! – Summer Derrickson, Loyola University New Orleans

The gift of a Punahou education provided me a solid foundation not just in the typical subjects: sciences, math, or history, instead, Punahou taught me how to be a successful student and a beneficial member in the community that I will bring to college as I pursue an engineering degree. – Alexanna Nathan, University of San Diego

My Punahou education has helped to make my transition into college very smooth because of the challenging courses and support I received from the faculty. – Hunter Uechi, Seattle University

My transition to college was seamless. All the little things I never noticed Punahou instilled in us gave me the confidence and skills needed to not only adapt to a new environment, but to conquer it and succeed. The gift of a Punahou education is truly priceless and I am slowly starting to grasp how truly blessed I am to have been on the receiving end of it. – Sunny Rosario, University of California – Los Angeles

I am now at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and I plan to double major in Economics and Environmental studies which Punahou has prepared me for as well as inspired me to pursue. – Dane "Ku" Blake, Macalester College