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"Your gift has also affected my family, and they would like to extend their thank you. I am the oldest of four children, and my younger sister and I are both currently attending college. My parents have supported my sister and I in our decision to pursue further education. They have already made so many sacrifices and I appreciate a gift such as yours in alleviating some of them."

Ruth Transfiguration; Alec and Kay Keith Scholarship Fund; Nursing, Natural Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, UH Hilo

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.

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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"Receiving this scholarship helps me to reduce my financial burdens and makes it possible for me to pursue higher education. ...It gives me hope to be a better teacher, a better person, and a better mother. Please know that your gift will not only benefit me, it will reach all the people I hope to one day make a difference with, such as my son, my family, and my future students."

Natalie Liu; College of Education Alumni Association Scholarship Fund; Educational Technology, College of Education, UH Mānoa

"The Osher Reentry Scholarship at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa for returning adult students is a very important part of my continuing success and development. Without the financial support, I would not be able to continue my academic goals. It is such an honor to be ... awarded as an Osher Reentry Scholar."

Darylwin K. Emmsley; Osher Reentry Scholarship at UH Mānoa; Family Resources, CTAHR

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