The Ethan Shell Memorial Scholarship

Ethan Shell


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.


Application Due Date: May 10, 2017


2016 – 2017 Application


2015 – 2016 Scholarship Winners!

Kimberly McDonough – Violin, The College of Wooster

John Quinlan – Piano, Washington State University

Tirah Brings – Digital Media Arts, Kauai Community College

 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.

Past Recipients

Ethan Shell Scholarship

Pictured with David Shell:

  • Annlissa Hartsell
  • Toby Riggle
  • Maka Viernes

Ethan Shell 2

Pictured with Poppy Shell:

  • Heidi Murakami
  • Danielle Enright
  • Elaine Guest

2016 – 2017 Application