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No major university can grow and excel without a healthy mix of public and private funds. Private contributions leverage public funds and maximize taxpayer dollars. Through partnering with philanthropic investors, our university can sustain excellence and enhance the student experience, making our campuses learning destinations of choice.

Many of the donors who give major gifts to the University of Hawaiʻi do so to support a program, school, or area of study that they believe in. Without exception, their gift has a major impact on our students, faculty and campus community as a whole.

Scholarships make science more accessible to a broader audience
Carlos Tramonte is a first-year PhD student studying marine biology at UH Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Institute for Marine Biology.
Gift from UH alumna Dr. Harriet Natsuyama funds undergrad research at UH Hilo
Dr. Harriet Natsuyama’s gift establishes the Alexa and Sean Light of Nature Research Award.
My donors’ generosity impacts my family and my future patients
Raelynn Kiyuna is a student pharmacist at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at UH Hilo.
Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation empowers students to break out of siloed education
A new initiative supporting retention, graduation, and career readiness for UH’s diverse student population aims for collaboration of arts and sciences disciplines across UH’s campuses.
Shidler alum’s scholarship creates inclusivity for accounting grad students
Tom Wellman wanted to make more of an impact at the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business, especially for students who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Scholarship empowers students, connects to Ball’s legacy
The Alice Augusta Ball Endowed Scholarship was established by retired faculty librarian Paul Wermager, supporting and empowering students to pursue and earn degrees in chemistry, biology or microbiology at UH Mānoa. In this short story, recipients share how the scholarship has impacted them.
UH Cancer Center dedicates lānai to Barry and Virginia Weinman
The lānai dedication coincided with the 15th annual Barry & Virginia Weinman Symposium, an international conference that brings prominent experts in science and medicine together to discuss cancer research.
Scholarships help me balance college with work
Robyn Saronitman is an accounting major in her last year at Kaua'i Community College.
NHOs invest in UH to support Native Hawaiian students, communities
More than two dozen Native Hawaiian Organizations have given to UH, with Alakaʻina Foundation and The Hawaiʻi Pacific Foundation taking the lead.