Audrey Furukawa and Friends
During her 30-year career as an administrator and educator at UH Hilo, three core values have driven Audrey Furukawa: family, friendship and opportunity.
Now, with the help of family and friends, she will give others the opportunity to study abroad through the Audrey S. Furukawa Study Abroad Scholarship Endowment.
Furukawa made the lead gift upon her retirement from UH Hilo, and then enlisted the community to raise additional funds. Their generosity and vision makes it possible for eligible UH Hilo students to begin their global education journey and opens infinite doors of opportunity.
Furukawa values the opportunity to give back. "It is difficult to verify how lives are enriched and how world peace can be achieved through global education and exchange," she said. "Yet I am convinced of the positive impact of global education, and wish to make such educational opportunities a reality by establishing this endowment."
A lifelong resident of Hilo, Audrey Furukawa spent over 30 years as a faculty member and administrator at UH Hilo, retiring in 2008 from dual positions as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, and Director of the Center for Global Education and Exchange, which she established in 2005.
The impact of this scholarship is immeasurable and everlasting.