Scholarships and Discounts
In keeping with the mission of our sponsor, the Congregation of Christian Brothers, Damien Memorial School educates students from all walks of life so they can achieve success in college and careers. We accomplish this by offering one of the lowest tuitions among private middle and high schools in Hawaii. Damien provides financial aid to many families through contributions from the school, foundations and generous alumni.
With the exception of the Alumni and Catholic School discount, the other "in house" aid cannot be combined. Damien's policy is to award a family who qualifies for multiple discounts the greatest of the amounts. For example, if a student qualifies for a 30% sibling discount (roughly $3900), a $2000 academic scholarship, and $5000 in financial aid, the student will only receive the $5000 in aid.
All current family Damien scholarship (formerly discount) renewal applications for the 2019-20 school year must be completed be February 15, 2019. All new student applications for Damien scholarships submitted after May 1 will be considered subject to the availability of funds and the timeliness in which they are submitted. Typically, after acceptance, families will have a courtesy 3-4 weeks to complete the discount application.
Smart Aid is a third party program that allows schools to customize questions on the application to gather the information desired from families for Financial Aid, Scholarship, and Discount applications. The online application is available in English or Spanish and is easy to complete. Please note that there is a flat rate fee applied at point of application.
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Families must apply for financial aid each year by the February preceding the school year; applications typically open in December. All prospective families must complete an enrollment application to be considered for financial aid.
Damien Memorial School offers its own financial aid program for new and current students through our Smart Aid portal. Families who apply and demonstrate financial need can qualify for up to 50% off school tuition, depending on their score as determined by the application. Please be prepared to submit the following required documentation to be processed on an annual basis:
- W-2 Forms for all jobs
- Most recent filed tax returns: 1040, 1040EZ, 1040A, etc
- Most recent business tax returns (if applicable): 1120, 1120S, 1065, etc
- Supplemental income documentation
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All Damien Scholarship requests or renewals must be submitted via Smart Aid on an annual basis by the deadlines sent out by the Financial Assistance Team or Alumni Office for prospective students. Please note that this is a change in our terminology - what were formerly known as discounts will from hereon out be considered scholarships.
Damien Academic Scholarship
New 6th-9th grade students who apply to Damien can qualify for a partial academic scholarship based on their successful completion of the Damien Entrance Exam. The scholarship amount is based on a scale set by the school president, and is renewable annually by maintaining a minimum required GPA and submitting a renewal application.
Children of Damien alumni receive a $1,000 discount annually per enrolled student.
If a family has two siblings enrolled in the same year, the second sibling receives a 30% discount off the school tuition fee for that year. A third or more siblings enrolled in the same year will receive a 30% discount for that year.
Catholic Parish/Student Scholarship
Damien Memorial School offers a one-time $1,000 tuition discount for new students entering 9th grade whose families are registered at a Catholic parish or whose children have attended a Catholic school for three or more years.
Active Duty Military Scholarship
Damien Memorial School offers a 30% discount off the tuition fee for current and new students who are the dependents of full-time active duty military personnel. Documented orders indicating “active duty” status are required.
Third party Scholarships
All external scholarships have their own requirements and support teams as indicated in the links below.
St. Augustine Foundation Scholarships
The St. Augustine Foundation offers partial scholarships to qualified students who attend any Catholic school in the Diocese of Honolulu, including Damien. Applicants must apply directly through the Augustine Foundation, and are required to submit financial information, including tax returns and W-2 forms, along with a formal application. Click here for more information.
Palama Settlement Scholarship
Palama Settlement offers a partial educational scholarship to students who participate in the Palama Settlement Program or come from the Kalihi-Palama-Liliha area and are accepted/enrolled at a private school for 9th grade or higher. Students must demonstrate financial need, have participated in a community service event through Palama Settlement within the last 12 months, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Click here for more information.
Kamehameha Schools and Bishop Estate offers partial scholarships to students of Hawaiian ancestry who demonstrate financial need and seek to attend a private school in Hawaii other than Kamehameha Schools. Students apply directly through Kamehameha Schools and must be entering Grade 6 or 9. Damien is a participating partner in the Kipona Scholarship program. Click here for more information.