Samuel N. and Mary Castle Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1996 by the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation, the purpose of this scholarship is to recruit students from Hawaii majoring in History or Human Development and Family Studies.


The philanthropic commitments of the Castles to their community began with the arrival of English settler Henry Castle to the colony of Connecticut in the 1650s. Related by marriage to such prominent New England families as the Edmunds and the Saltonstalls, the Castles were supporters of congregational church projects, community relief and education. Samuel Northrup Castle, a pioneer missionary to Hawaii in 1836, was active in both business and philanthropy in the community. With the founding of the internationally prominent Castle & Cooke Corporation in 1851, the financial basis for permanent charitable endowment in Hawaii was created.

After the death of Samuel N. Castle in 1894, Mary Tenney Castle established the Samuel N. Castle Memorial Trust to provide for the citizens of the independent Hawaiian Republic. Committing a substantial share of the family's assets to perpetual charity, the Trust funded kindergartens, social welfare, building projects, international relief and programs related to the Americanization of Hawaii's multicultural population. In 1925, the Trust was named the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation. The original Trustees named in the by-laws were William T. Castle, Sr., George P. Castle, and L. Tenney Peck (nephew of Mary Castle).

Over the past hundred years, the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation has provided leadership in funding for building projects, children's programs, improvements in health facilities, environmental causes, emergency relief, Protestant-related causes and educational needs from preschool through graduate school. Through these projects, the Foundation has touched the lives of virtually every resident of Hawaii.

The current Trustees of the Foundation remain committed to their common ancestors' vision of Christian stewardship, increased educational opportunities, a vibrant cultural environment and especially the importance of early childhood education and care.

  • Major in history or human development and family studies
  • Must be an entering freshman, transfer student or currently enrolled at Colorado State University
  • Maintain an overall 2.8 GPA or enter Colorado State University with a 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate plans for a career in early education (preschool and/or kindergarten)
  • Recipient shall be from Hawaii

The Colorado State University Scholarship application is available online from December 1 until March 1 of each academic year. To access the application:

  • Log into RAMweb using your eID
  • Look under Financial Information in the right hand column
  • Select “CSUSA” and fill in the form