The Aloha Foundation provides tuition aid to families applying to a 7-week or 3½-week session for a child at Aloha, Aloha Hive, or Lanakila. “Campership” support is extended to families who demonstrate financial need. Our budget is limited and we generally have more applicants than we can adequately fund. We encourage families seeking aid to apply early in the fall for the following summer.
Campership Application Process
- How do I apply for Aloha Campership funds? During the application process, you will be asked whether you wish to apply for financial assistance. You will be asked to complete a handful of questions and submit a copy of your recent tax return (all schedules).
- When is the application due? Returning campership recipients should submit a camp application as early as possible. New campers will be considered for campership aid beginning November 1, 2019, but are encouraged to have the paperwork completed prior to November 1, 2019, if possible. Applications submitted after November 1, 2019 will be considered on a rolling basis, as space and funding allow.
- When will I find out if my camper will receive financial aid? Returning campers who apply by October 1, 2019 can expect to receive an award offer or denial letter by October 15, 2019. New campers who apply by November 1, 2019 can expect to hear back by November 15, 2019. Families applying for aid after November 1, 2019 will be placed on a waitlist and considered on a rolling basis, as space and funding allow.
- What if my family’s financial situation has recently changed or will be changing? We understand that every family has a different situation and income is not always the best indicator of how much you can afford. If your tax forms do not accurately depict your current financial situation, please use the space provided on the camp application to explain your extenuating circumstances.
- What factors are considered when offering campership aid? Our Campership Budget is set annually by our Board of Trustees. The Campership Committee uses an income-based formula to determine campership award amounts. We offer both partial and almost-full awards.
- Are there other ways to fund camp? Our funding is limited and we expect all families to invest in their child’s camp experience. In thinking about how much you can contribute to your child’ camp experience, please consider the costs you would incur if your child stayed home – food, activities, summer day camps, family trips, etc. Check with local schools, and community groups or clubs to see if they offer scholarships for camp. Consider starting a fundraiser online for family and friends to contribute toward camp tuition or expenses. Consider asking family and friends to invest in your child’s camp experience rather than buying gifts for birthdays and other holidays. Many family and friends are pleased to know that they contributed to making camp a reality for you and your child. It is the gift that your child will never outgrow! Tip: Make sure you provide names and addresses to your child so that they can send postcards to those who have helped to fund their summer camp experience.
- I can afford to pay, what can I do to help make another camper’s wish come true? If you would like to help fund another camper, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our annual fund or a legacy donation to ensure the campership remains strong and available to those who need it most. For more information about donating to the Aloha Foundation, please visit our giving page.
- For more information about the campership process, please contact Karen Danforth.