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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.

Laurie Komatsu

Senior Executive Director, Scholarship Development

laurie.komatsu@uhfoundation.org
(808) 376-7876

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

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

From Hawaiʻi to the Emerald Isle, invaluable for Kapiʻolani CC students
Nine Kapiʻolani Community College students, accompanied by three faculty members, journeyed to Ireland last summer as part the first study-abroad cooperation between the Lunalilo Scholars Program and the Paul S. Honda International Center.
He Lei Mahalo celebrates donors and scholarship recipients
The event honored the generous donors who made gifts to support student scholarships at UH West O‘ahu and celebrated the student scholarship recipients.
ProService Hawaii CEO’s gift to RISE project supports future small business owners
"Entrepreneurship and small business are at the heart of making Hawaiʻi a more livable place," says Ben Godsey, president and CEO of ProService Hawaii.