The Ukulele Festival Hawaii College Scholarship Program is funded by Ukulele Festival Hawaii, a non-profit organization founded in 2004. Ukulele Festival Hawaii builds public awareness and interest in the ukulele as an instrument of virtuoso quality promoting Hawaii’s arts and culture through education, scholarships, and the annual free ukulele festivals.

For instructions on how to apply, see our Scholarship Information page.

2018 College Scholarship Recipients

Samantha Makanahele Emmsley  $2,000
Ukulele Festival Hawaii College Scholarship
School: King Kekaulike High School (Maui)
Parent: Ann Emmsley
College: Oregon State University
Quaid Seu  $1,000
Sponsored by Senator Michelle N. Kidani
School: Mililani High School
Parents: Derek & Kathleen Seu
College: University of Hawaii at Manoa

Senator Kidani’s scholarship is awarded to a student with compassion, commitment and pride in their work making their community a better place in which to live.

Kaycie Matsukado  $1,000
Sponsored by Lili Anama Park Memorial Fund
School: Punahou School
Parents: Tracie & Leslie Matsukado
College: The New School - Parsons School of Design (New York)

The Lili Anama Park Memorial College Scholarship is awarded to a member of the Ukulele Festival Hawaii Band who demonstrates passion and devotion to the ukulele. Given in honor of Lili Anama Park, who taught, nurtured, and inspired hundreds of students with her vibrant personality and love of the ukulele, the scholarship seeks to recognize individuals who spread the beauty and joy of the ukulele as Lili did during her 23-year career at Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studios. One of Lili’s greatest joys was being the leader of the Ukulele Festival Hawaii band. This scholarship, founded by James Park, Lili’s beloved husband, was established in honor of her memory.

Cassidy Kitano  $1,000
Sponsored by Eleanor Higa Performing Arts Foundation
Parents: Shayne and Amy Kitano
College: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Major: Communicology

The Eleanor Higa Performing Arts Foundation Scholarship is presented to a Ukulele Festival volunteer who exemplifies the true spirit of aloha by placing service above self. This scholarship is presented by Eleanor Higa as a testament of her gratitude and best wishes for success in chosen fields of endeavor.

Nick Acosta  $1,000
Sponsored by Terrie Whittaker
Parents: Jesper & Kim Acosta
College: Honolulu Community College

Inspired and impressed with how outstanding Nick is as an ukulele player and a person, this scholarship is donated to Nick by Terrie Whittaker on behalf of her father, Robert Tatlow who was an auto mechanic. Read The Story behind this Scholarship...

See Past Recipients of the UFH College Scholarship



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