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Ethan Shell Scholarship

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.

Applications Closed. Check back next year!

(Before you fill out your application, be sure to read this!)

Application Deadline: April 29, 2022

Eligibility Criteria:
Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or GED recipient applying as a full-time student to an accredited college or university, or a freshman year college student at an accredited college or university. Must be a US Citizen and resident of the County of Kauai, State of Hawaii. Applicants must be pursuing a formal education major focused on the performing arts such as theatre arts, music, dance, or stagecraft.

Required Documents: (be sure to have these ready to upload!)

  • Recent photo of yourself.
  • High school or first-year college transcript.
  • Two typed, formal letters of recommendation (one from a current or former teacher and one from a member of the community).
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form (if applicable).

Selection Criteria: The scholarship is administered without regard to race, creed, color, age, religion, sex, national origin or physical disability. The committee will consider the following:

    • Performing Arts Achievement/Experience
    • Academic Achievement
    • Talent
  • Financial Need

Applicant Interviews: The top three applicants must be available to be interviewed from May 6 to May 13.

Scholarship Amount – One $1,000 Scholarship award will be announced by May 20, 2022, and paid directly to the college you plan to attend.

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.

2018-2019 Winner

Mahina Olores

Pictured with David and Poppy Shell

2017-2018 Winners

Manu Trujillo, Kharma Stambaugh, Makenna Shafter, Nialani Green

Pictured with Debra Blachowiak and Cher Ellwood

2016-2017 Winners

Grace Yatsko Tirah Brings Missing from Photo: Beorn Chantara

Pictured with Dolly Kanekuni and Erin Gaines

2015-2016 Winners

Kimberly McDonough, John Quinlan, Tirah Brings

Pictured with David and Poppy Shell and Dolly Kanekuni

2014- 2015 Winners

Annlissa Hartsell, Toby Riggle, Maka Viernes

Pictured with David Shell

2013-2014 Winners

Heidi Murakami, Danielle Enright, Elaine Guest

Pictured with Poppy Shell