Support Financial Aid Initiatives

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 unrestricted gifts to the school, we invite you to explore the following financial aid 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 of the many benefits of a Montessori education. Following her wishes, the school established this scholarship fund in her name. Once the fundraising target is achieved, the endowment fund will support the tuition of 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.