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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 us.

Polly Fiaui

Director of Scholarship Compliance and Administration

polly.fiaui@uhfoundation.org
(808) 376-7878

Teresa Hier

Student Aid Administrator

teresa.hier@uhfoundation.org
(808) 376-7880

Gail Nakayama

Associate Director, Scholarship Development

gail.nakayama@uhfoundation.org
(808) 376-7870

Tanya Olegario

Assistant Director, Scholarship Payment Administration

tanya.olegario@uhfoundation.org
(808) 376-7879

Paula Sainz

Scholarship Development Coordinator

paula.sainz@uhfoundation.org
(808) 376-7852

If you have documents that are required to be faxed, please use (808) 356-0318.

Scholarships making an impact

New lab honors beloved grad
“Tom would have admitted the days of working in individual cubicles in front of dimly lit computer screens was a feature of the past, where individual effort was the norm."
Why I traveled 4000 miles to attend UH Mānoa
I truly appreciate the recognition of my work. With this award, I aim to promote marine stewardship to visitors all over the world. This award reassures me of my purpose to protect our natural environment.
Navigating college while connecting with my culture
My experience at UH Mānoa has allowed me to connect with my culture in new and meaningful ways, while also providing me with a world-class education that will help me achieve my personal, academic and professional goals.