Ethan Shell 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.



2017 – 2018 Scholarship Winners!

Back row standing:  HCT Board Scholarship Committee members Debra Blachowiak and Cher Ellwood
Front row from left:  Manu Trujillo, Kharma Stambaugh, Makenna Shafter, Nialani Green

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

2016-2017 Winners:





Pictured above with Dolly Kanekuni and Erin Gaines

  • Grace Yatsko
  • Tirah Brings
  • Missing from Photo: Beorn Chantara

Pictured with Poppy and David Shell and Dolly Kanekuni:

  • Kimberly McDonough
  • John Quinlan
  • Tirah Brings

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Pictured with David Shell:

  • Annlissa Hartsell
  • Toby Riggle
  • Maka Viernes

Ethan Shell 2

Pictured with Poppy Shell:

  • Heidi Murakami
  • Danielle Enright
  • Elaine Guest

2017 – 2018 Application