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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 of Scholarship Development

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

Polly Fiaui

Director, Scholarship Compliance and Administration

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

Charisse Pudiquet

Associate Director, Scholarship Development

Charisse.Pudiquet@uhfoundation.org
t (808) 376-7870

Tanya Olegario

Assistant Director, Scholarship Payment Administration

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

Jacki Suminaga

Student Aid Administrator

jacki.suminaga@uhfoundation.org
t (808) 376-7880

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

Scholarships making an impact

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities at UH pharmacy college
Ashley Fukuchi, a Moanalua High School and UH Hilo chemistry grad, had medical school in mind before a pre-pharmacy orientation course led to conversations with Hilo pharmacists and pursuit of her doctorate in pharmacy.
Love story born at UH yields legacy for future nurses, engineers
Ken and Donna Hayashida are making a substantial investment in their alma mater, with gifts totaling $250,000 to the College of Engineering and the Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing.
Remembering Fudge Matsuda
The late UH President Fujio 'Fudge' Matsuda leaves a legacy of learning for students through the Fujio and Amy Matsuda Scholarship.