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We are committed to a vision where students attend the college of their choice based not on their ability to pay, but on their ability to succeed in the classroom.

The first permanently endowed scholarship was created at the UH Foundation in 1976. Since then, the tradition of providing opportunities through private gifts has grown to help more than 3,000 students each year.

The impact of a scholarship has a an effect felt far beyond the student helped. The students success, thanks to the scholarship, may inspire younger siblings or the student's own children to pursue higher education after high school. The student will be able to make more money with a college education and be a better provider for his or her family. In addition, that student will touch thousands of lives through his or her career whether it is in health, education, business, research or some other field.

When you provide a scholarship for a student, you do more than help them financially — you impart a lesson of generosity and concern for others that they incorporate into their own lives. Our files are filled with letters from students describing the impact that their scholarships made on their lives, and their hopes that one day, they will be able to provide scholarships for future students just as their donors did for them.

By investing in a student, you improve their life, their family's, and our community.

If you are interested in making a real difference in a student's life, please contact Malia Peters, our director of scholarship development.

Malia Peters

Senior Executive Director, Scholarship Development
t (808) 956-6311

Eric Melch

Associate Director of Scholarship Development
t (808) 956-6676

Polly Fiaui

Assistant Director, Scholarship Relations
t (808) 956-6788

Tanya Olegario

Assistant Director, Scholarship Payment Administration
t (808) 956-9078

Ali Bond

Scholarship Administrator
t (808) 956-6748

If you have documents that are required to be faxed, please use (808) 956-6380.

Here are a few examples of how other donors have chosen to make such a difference:

Strengthening Ties between US and Japan

The Goto Foundation established the Fumiko Kaya Endowed Scholarship Fund in the American Studies Department at the UH Mānoa College of Arts and Humanities. 

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Honoring Visionaries, Opening Doors

The geography department at UH Hilo gave me the basis for becoming a successful professional. What I am giving back is only a small proportion of the added value I received at UH Hilo.

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Increasing Access, Expanding Learning Opportunities

The Nagata family enjoys a longstanding relationship with the University of Hawaiʻi. Thanks to the establishment of their endowed scholarship fund, these ties now run even deeper.

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