Funding Priorities

PunsUnited Fund / Financial Aid

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Support Our Students!

The need for financial aid has risen over the years, with one in four Punahou students now receiving assistance. As the School strives to attract the best, brightest and most promising students from across our island, regardless of their family’s financial resources, a robust financial aid fund is vital. The PunsUnited Financial Aid Fund supports capable and deserving students with a pathway to a life-changing Punahou education.
Enduring support of financial aid through gifts to our endowment is another meaningful way to support this initiative. To learn more about establishing a named endowed financial aid fund that will live at Punahou forever, please contact a member of our Giving Team.

Hear from students who have been the beneficiaries of financial aid during their time at Punahou.

PunsUnited Fund Goal (2022 – 2023 School Year)

Punahou awards well over $10M in financial aid annually. Your continued support is appreciated!

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Endowed Financial Aid Funds

Punahou’s 534 endowed financial aid funds made it possible for 750 student families to afford a Punahou education in school year 2018 – 2019. Since 1994, Punahou’s financial aid budget has grown from $1 million to $7.8 million, thanks in large part to the generous donors who support its need-blind admissions policy and philosophical emphasis on a diverse learning community. In the past six years, a total of 130 new Endowed Financial Aid Funds were established through the Ku‘u Punahou Campaign.
Funding is also needed to continue bolstering our current endowment for financial aid, which secures long-term support for deserving students.

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  • It All Started with a Single Gift

    Punahou’s first endowed fund was established by Rev. Eli Corwin on January 1, 1859, with a gift of $500 (still the current book value).

    Rev. Eli Corwin was born on October 30, 1824, in Wallkill, New York. After graduating from Williams College and Union Seminary, he sailed for San Francisco as a seamen’s chaplain and eventually made his way to Honolulu in 1858. For the next 10 years, he served as pastor to the Fort Street Church, later to become Central Union Church. In 1859, he was named the “nominal president of Oahu College” in the interim between the School’s second president, Rev. Edward Beckwith, and its third, Rev. Cyrus T. Mills. During his tenure at Punahou, he also attended student rhetoricals and taught Bible History.

    In 1868, Corwin returned to the mainland and passed away at the age of 74. The fund’s Market Value as of December 31, 2018, was $9,208. The fund has supported approximately 160 students since its introduction.