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The School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene

Invest in the future of Nursing and Health Care

Our Mission

To provide an innovative, caring environment that offers education, conducts research, and develops capacity for nursing education in the Pacific Region. We are at the forefront of health professions education offering innovative programs in a multicultural setting enhanced by simulation technology and web-based education, with rich clinical experiences, cooperative internships, and interdisciplinary study opportunities.

Why Scholarships Really Matter

For many students like Hannah, college would be an impossible dream without privately funded scholarships.

Hannah Fukushima is able to stay in Hawai‘i and pursue her dreams thanks to the Fun Factory Scholarship.

Hannah shared, “I grew up in Pauoa valley and attended Roosevelt High School. Like every other person, I have had my fair amount of challenges that I needed to overcome in order to get to where I am today. One challenge I faced in the beginning of high school was learning how to manage my time as I was a student athlete. 

My family has always been so loving and supportive but that does not mean we didn't have any financial issues. Growing up with a single mom has had its challenges but she always put my needs above her own. I considered going to the mainland for college but a big reason why I decided to attend UH is because of the scholarships and opportunities I received. 

I am lucky to be a part of the Direct Entry Nursing program at UH Mānoa and I hope to graduate in four years with a BS in Nursing. I really love working with people, especially young children, and I am hoping to specialize in either pediatrics or neonatal care in the future. Also, since I love living here in Hawai‘i, finding a job close to home would be ideal. 

I would like to say thank you to all the donors who are funding scholarships. These scholarships are so helpful to students and their families and I think donors are doing a great job in making a difference in the lives of others. Their generosity can really ease the burden on some families and it is very much appreciated.”


Journey Beyond

Private philanthropic support is absolutely essential to enhance academic excellence at the SONDH. Private contributions will ensure continued excellence as we continue our journey to national prominence. The philanthropic investor has the opportunity to target their funding as a transformational gift. The donor’s gift will create a legacy for generations to come – for deserving youth, outstanding professional education, and continued progression to improve the quality of health care for Hawai'i communities.

Student Access and Ability in Nursing

Private support plays a key role in helping our school: 

  • Equip Hawai‘i’s future architects with the skills, knowledge, creativity, and leadership to shape and influence the beauty and performance of built environments here and around the world
  • Keep pace with emerging trends in professional education and practice
  • Address new initiatives such as the proposed Master of Landscape Architecture program and the HI Design Center.

Support Premier Architectural Education

Funding Priorities

Quality Care Endowment Fund and Naming of the UH Translational Health Sciences Simulation Center

$5,000,000: Quality Care Endowment Fund and Naming of the UH Translational Health Sciences Simulation Center

The endowed fund will support the operation of the 8,000 sq. ft. UH Translational Health Sciences Simulation Center. The nationally accredited Center is the premier location in the State of Hawai‘i for interprofessional educational and clinical training and collaboration for health care professionals. Using the most current state of the art technology in simulated medical training, the Center ensures patient safety; builds advanced technical skills; enhances teamwork, and develops rapid decision-making abilities of nurses and healthcare providers. Additional opportunities for giving are available at various levels from equipment support to room naming.

Endowed Deanship

$2,000,000: Endowed Deanship

The named endowed deanship will ensure the ability to recruit and retain a national caliber executive leader who will continue the advancement of the School. The endowment income will provide investment funds for innovation and planning for new growth to launch targeted projects and initiatives.

Endowed Chair in Gerontology Nursing

$250,000 to $2,000,000: Endowed Chair in Gerontology Nursing

The named endowed chair will support recruitment of nationally ranked faculty committed to building a program of care to meet the needs of our growing aging population.

Endowed Director for Community Partnership

$250,000 to $2,000,000: Endowed Director for Community Partnership

The named endowed directorship will provide funding to recruit and retain a healthcare executive who will serve as the lead school representative to external partners for education and practice partnerships. The Director for Community Partnership will be focused on engaging the healthcare industry and the business sector to partner with the school to address health needs of our state.

Endowed Scholarship Funds

$35,000 to $1,000,000: Endowed Scholarship Funds

Endowed scholarship funds will provide funding to attract and retain the most promising students and provide access to a life-changing higher education. A portion could be designated for a matching gifts program created to encourage others to join in the investment for the future healthcare leaders of Hawai'i.

Rural Access to Healthcare - Advanced Practice Nursing

$35,000 to $1,000,000: Rural Access to Healthcare - Advanced Practice Nursing

Funding will be used to address the primary care shortages that are prevalent in Hawai‘i’s rural areas, especially on the neighbor islands by securing and placing graduate advanced practice nursing students in clinical and community healthcare settings. Gifts will support the nursing clinical placement program, including stipends for travel and housing costs.

Support The Journey

Together, we can move Hawai‘i and its people toward a remarkable future.
Together, we can Journey Beyond

For information on supporting The School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, please contact:

Rebecca Smith
Vice President for Development, Health Sciences & Regional Campuses
(808) 356-5757 •