Endowed Funds


Gifts to Maryknoll’s Endowment Fund provide sustainable long-term support by generating interest income that can be applied annually toward educational programs and keeping tuition affordable. An endowment fund can be established to support scholarships, programs, or any portion of the operating fund. Endowment gifts can be named or unnamed. To begin a named endowment gift, a minimum of $50,000 is required. For more information, please contact Budd Lauer at or (808) 952-7310. 

Endowed and Restricted Scholarships

Maryknoll School’s mission of educating Hawaii’s youth and turning them into creative learners and responsible community members has inspired a number of individuals and families who have crossed paths with the school to create scholarship funds for current students. In this section, you can learn about these scholarships, both endowed and restricted.

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Endowed Scholarships

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  • Earl Joseph & Ann York Gallian Memorial Scholarship Fund

    In 1993, Dr. Franklin Young '60* established this scholarship at the request of Mr. and Mrs. Gallian, who became fond of our school through their lifelong friendship with Dr. Young. This scholarship is awarded every year to female high school students who demonstrate the potential to contribute significantly to Maryknoll’s extra-curricular programs.
  • Francis R. Fletcher '82 Scholarship Fund

    Francis Fletcher ’82 was known at Maryknoll for his big heart as much as his athletic prowess. Now, his family is honoring his memory with a scholarship that will help students with financial need. You can be part of their vision through a donation to this fund. The scholarship will go to students who are Hawaii residents, have financial need and maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average. All donations to this fund will be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
  • Ho-Ching Scholarship

    Established in 2002 by Class of 1963 alumni Galen Ho and Patricia Ching Ho, this scholarship is awarded to students of good academic standing and financial need who have demonstrated leadership and service to the community.
  • Jerry & Mieko Beckers Scholarships

    The Beckers Scholarships are renewable, partial tuition awards for students who are entering middle school (grades 6, 7 and 8). Applicants must demonstrate financial need, academic achievement and involvement in extra-curricular activities.
  • Marie S. Lindo Scholarship Fund

    Marie S. Lindo passed away in August 2007. She believed in education and wanted the best for her three children, two of whom attended Maryknoll School. This scholarship was established by her daughter, Paula Lindo Boyce '63, to recognize and memorialize the memory of Marie and to make the opportunity for learning accessible to all children that come from single-parent families who have financial need.
  • Noblesse Obliged Endowed Scholarship

    This scholarship is funded by the proceeds from the Noblesse Oblige Award & Scholarship Dinner. The Noblesse Oblige Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to Maryknoll 9–12 graders who demonstrate financial need, have a solid academic record, and take the teachings of the Catholic faith and puts them into action by serving others in a way that serves both the school and the greater community.
  • Robert “Foxy” Thomas Scholarship

    Established in 1992, this scholarship is given in honor of Robert “Foxy” Thomas. Mr. Thomas was an avid sports enthusiast who admired the competitiveness of Maryknoll’s athletes, particularly in basketball, which led him to leave the bulk of his estate to fund this scholarship. The Robert “Foxy” Thomas Scholarship is awarded to students based on their demonstrated special qualities of leadership, scholarship, potential for contribution to the school’s co-curricular programs, and financial need.
  • Rudolph A. and Ralph W. Sylva Scholarship

    Established in 2001 from the estate of Rudolph Sylva ’35, this scholarship is awarded annually to students with proven scholastic promise, with preference given to those of Hawaiian or part-Hawaiian ancestry.

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  • Sacred Heart Parish Scholarship

    Established in 1998, this scholarship provides 50% tuition assistance to a newly-admitted middle school or high school student who is a member of Sacred Heart Parish. This student must be a practicing Roman Catholic who demonstrates financial need, carries a minimum grade point average of 3.50, and is actively involved in community service or church-related activities.
  • Sr. Dolores Rosso, M.M. Scholarship

    The Sister Dolores Rosso, M.M. Scholarship honors her legacy and recognizes her contributions to Maryknoll School and the Alumni Association. The scholarship is an endowed scholarship awarded to a sophomore for tuition assistance for junior year at Maryknoll. The recipient of this scholarship best reflects the following characteristics: financial need, scholarly aptitude, and character. The honoree is recognized at the annual Alumni Week Dinner.
  • The Andrew ’55 and Zosima Padilla Book Scholarship Fund

    The Andrew & Zosima Padilla Book Scholarship Fund was established in February 2005 to honor the memory of Andrew Padilla ’55 and his wife Zosima. Andrew always valued the education he received at Maryknoll and wanted to find a way to help students with their education. Their endowed scholarship will be used to aid needy students with the purchase of their books.
  • The Maryknoll Fathers’ Scholarship

    In 1998, a challenge gift of $100,000 was given to Maryknoll when the Maryknoll Fathers returned Sacred Heart Parish and the school to the care of the Diocese of Honolulu. This gift will help fund scholarships for Maryknoll students.
  • The Nancy Nakamura Endowed Scholarship

    Maryknoll School was a transformational experience for Nancy Nakamura. Born on Maui, she moved to Honolulu to attend Maryknoll High School and was taken under the wing of the Maryknoll Sisters and graduated in 1940. She was studying nursing in California when the U.S. entered World War II and she was interned at Manzanar. The Maryknoll Sisters were instrumental in helping her during those difficult years, providing blankets and other household necessities for the young student. Nancy’s love for the Sisters and Maryknoll School never left her and when she died in 2007, a portion of her estate established the Nancy Nakamura Endowed Scholarship, which today helps young students just as she was helped by the Sisters some 75 years ago. The final check, received just this year, has brought the corpus of that endowment to $150,000.
  • Vance O. Smith Endowed Scholarship

    In the 1980s, the Bishop Trust Company, Limited, as Trustee of the Vance O. Smith Trust, established this scholarship for Maryknoll School. Mr. Smith had a special interest in social studies and history and willed his remaining trust assets to organizations established and operated exclusively for educational purposes. This scholarship is awarded to deserving students who display academic promise and financial need.

Restricted Scholarships

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  • Ching Scholarship

    Created in 1996 by the Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation, this scholarship is awarded to Maryknoll students who are citizens of the United States.
  • DeFontes Scholarship

    Established by Mrs. Georgia E. Blake Rice ’55, the DeFontes Scholarship is awarded to qualifying Maryknoll students.
  • Father Francis Diffley Scholarship

    Established in 1998, this scholarship honors Father Francis Diffley, the last Maryknoll priest to serve as pastor of Sacred Heart Church and president of Maryknoll School. Maryknoll School Alumni Association Scholarship This scholarship was established in memory of Karen Chinen. It is awarded to an exceptional graduating senior for the purpose of pursuing higher education or training.
  • Father William Desmond Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 1986 by families belonging to Sacred Heart Parish in honor of Father William Desmind, presiding pastor of Sacred Heart Church from 1981 to 1985.
  • Maryknoll School PTG Scholarship

    Every year, our Parent Teacher Guild generously donates portions of the proceeds from their successful fundraiser to support scholarship for students with financial need.
  • The Shirley Campos Uniform Fund

    This fund was established in 2005 to honor 31-year Maryknoll School secretary Shirley Campos for her dedication to our children and the school. This fund is to be used for families in need, to help them cover the cost of purchasing a school uniform.
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