There are a number of ways you can support our work and make a difference in the lives of the young people of Maui. In addition to supporting our Annual Fund, we invite you to explore the following programs to determine if they are a fit for your philanthropic interests.
Tuition Assistance Program
The Montessori School of Maui has an established Tuition Assistance Program, an essential aspect of the mission, which helps assure that the socioeconomic diversity of our student body mirrors the greater world in which our children live. It enables families who otherwise would not have the opportunity to provide their children with the benefits and enjoyment of a Montessori education, to become or remain a part of our ‘ohana. Plus, it allows all of our students to develop diverse life-long friendships. One parent receiving support recently shared:
“As a single mom of three, I never thought it would be possible for my children to go to Montessori. I sleep better now knowing my kids are gaining fundamental life skills and a solid foundation.”
Hawaiian Scholarship Fund
Building off of the success of the Tuition Assistance Program and in an effort to further reinforce the cultural diversity of our school, the Montessori School of Maui also offers a Hawaiian Scholarship Fund.
The Hawaiian Scholarship Fund is designed to help students who came to us through the Pauahi Keiki Scholarship Program to remain a part of our ‘ohana and continue a Montessori education. This new scholarship opportunity is available exclusively for children at our school who received financial aid through a Pauahi Keiki Scholarship. At age six, when these young people no longer qualify for support from the Ke Aliʻi Pauahi Foundation, they become eligible to apply to the Montessori School of Maui Hawaiian Scholarship Fund to help fund tuition and fees for the subsequent school year.
A donor’s commitment to this tuition assistance initiative makes a tangible difference in the lives of families and young people. One parent receiving support recently shared:
“The Montessori method has proven to be the right match for our daughter. We are greatly appreciative of the tuition assistance for making this dream a reality.”
As we identify parents
with an interest in keeping their child with us throughout the duration of our
program, which extends through the 8th Grade, our objective is to connect their
financial need with the enthusiasm and commitment of generous members of our
community. Ideally, these partners will be interested in a longer-term pledge
to each child’s future.
Cynthia Winans-Burns Scholarship Fund
Cynthia Winans-Burns, former Head of School and member of our community for over thirty-three years, was a passionate advocate for the many benefits of a Montessori education. Following her wishes, the School has established this scholarship fund in her name. Contributions to the fund will support the tuition for children of Montessori School of Maui alumni, helping to make an enriching education here on Maui possible for future generations. To view Cynthia's memorial, please click here.
Technology Initiative - Phase I
In addition to the financial needs outlined above, the Montessori School of Maui is engaged in a multi-year fundraising initiative designed to make a long-term impact upon the professionalism of the school, efficiency of the administrative team and technological capabilities of each classroom. Phase I of our Technology Initiative has largely gone unseen by our parent community but is already making a tremendous difference in the daily lives of the administrative team and teachers. Our activities, to date, include:
- Identify and secure a new business agreement to provide internet service for the campus.
- Pull new internet wiring to multiple areas of campus (utilizing parents and staff at a cost savings of nearly $10,000).
- Install new wireless hubs throughout campus.
- Purchase and install new automated computer back-up software for teaching staff and administrative team.
- Identify and purchase a new administrative database linking teachers, classrooms, parents and the administrative team through a secure seamless database environment.
- Transfer the School email and calendar system to a Google-based environment.
Future phases of this multi-year project will include the purchase of additional equipment and software for the classroom environments, designed to provide a greater convergence of Montessori teaching methodologies with the realities, technological advancements and skills needed to succeed in our 21st century environment.
If you have questions or wish to make a contribution in support of any of these initiatives, please contact:
Director of Development
808-573-1062 or firstname.lastname@example.org