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 senior executive director of scholarship development.
Senior Executive Director, Scholarship Development
t (808) 376-7876
Associate Director of Scholarship Development
t (808) 376-7877
Assistant Director, Scholarship Relations
t (808) 376-7878
Assistant Director, Scholarship Payment Administration
t (808) 376-7879
t (808) 376-7880
If you have documents that are required to be faxed, please use (808) 356-0318.
Scholarships making an impact
Friends for Life
Audrey Lee (Endo) (MA ’82, Mānoa) was among potential pledges in the tranquil Japanese Tea Garden at Queen Emma Gardens in 1974, when members of the Wakaba Kai sorority lifted their voices to welcome them in song. “My heart was captivated by the true friendship they offered us, if we chose to pledge,” she recalls. “Little did I know or even comprehend how this college experience would create a lifelong opportunity to know friends I had never met before, and some I have yet to meet today.”
Now in her last semester before transferring to UH Mānoa, she credits the program’s donors for allowing her to continue her education. “It wouldn’t be possible if not for supporters of this program.”
"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
"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