The Ethan Shell Memorial Scholarship provides scholarship aid for students who are pursuing a formal education in the performing arts such as theatre arts, music, dance, or stagecraft.
2016 – 2017 Application
2015 – 2016 Scholarship Winners!
Kimberly McDonough – Violin, The College of Wooster
John Quinlan – Piano, Washington State University
Pictured above left to right
Back Row: Ethan Shell, Poppy Shell, David Shell, & Dolly Kanekune
Front Row: Kimberly McDonough, John Quinlan, & Tirah Brings
About Ethan Shell
Ethan Bradford Shell was the youngest of five children of David and Poppy Shell. All of his siblings and parents were active in theatre. Ethan became involved with his first play at age 8 when he performed in HCT’s show, How To Eat Like A Child. Theater, dancing, singing, and performing became the central focus of his entire life. Ethan went on to participate in over 30 shows on Kauai, with lead roles in many. He was also very involved with KPAC, the high school after-school theater program on Kauai. His favorite roles included Birdie in Bye, Bye, Birdie, Danny Zuko in Grease, Cat in the Hat in Seussical, and his final HCT role of Papa Gi in Once On This Island. Ethan left Kauai to attend the NYC theater school, AMDA. He graduated from AMDA in 2008. In 2010, Ethan was in an off-Broadway play and was also working as a model in NYC when he died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition on January 30 at the age of 21. He will be remembered as a funny, creative, kind, and loving friend to many on Kauai and as an example to other young people to work toward their goals and to live their dreams. His parents, Poppy and David, say that Ethan would be honored at the creation of this scholarship in his name.
Pictured with David Shell:
- Annlissa Hartsell
- Toby Riggle
- Maka Viernes
Pictured with Poppy Shell:
- Heidi Murakami
- Danielle Enright
- Elaine Guest