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For more than a century, the University of Hawaiʻi has worked hard to make higher education accessible to all. Whether through one of the seven community college campuses or one of the three four-year campuses, UH is expanding its efforts to attract the most promising students, regardless of their financial circumstances.

As college costs continue to rise, the amount of private support for students must as well. Gifts to scholarships and student aid help us to retain our best and brightest and to provide access to a life-changing higher education experience for our students.

Healthy Hydration

With help from Kaiser Permanente and HICORE, the Kaneohe Elementary School unveiled a water bottle filling station and water bottles for every child. The project is part of strategy to help reduce health disparities and childhood obesity.

Henry Renteria

Perseverance and the utmost confidence to succeed were the core values in my life decisions and professional goals, which I imparted to my students.

Supporting culture & students for 70 years

During World War II, the 121 private Japanese language schools in Hawai‘i were mandated to disband. Robert Kiyoichi Murakami resisted losing his school’s property. He organized the Hawai‘i Veterans Memorial Fund to which he invited the schools to donate their assets. Since then, HVMF has assisted thousands of Hawai‘i students of diverse ethnicities to attend college.

Violet Sato

After she retired, a friend suggested that she continue her service to students by funding a scholarship. With the help of UH Foundation, she established the Violet S. Sato Endowed Scholarship Trust in 2006.

In Memory of Uncle Nick

When New York based writer and illustrator Melissa Iwai’s uncle passed away, she created an endowment to support free English as a Second Language courses for employees in Hawai‘i’s hospitality industry.

Honoring a Special Furry Friend

Dede Guss established a scholarship to support vet tech students. Read about Bentley, the special, furry friend who inspired her.

Arthurs Honor Their Kids with Scholarships

Hawai‘i Community College administrator Dr. Barbara Arthurs and husband Robert are honoring their children’s passions through scholarships.

Japan Tsunami Forges Auto Tech Exchange

Honolulu CC auto tech students visit Kadan Automotive Technical College in Japan through a remarkable partnership that began with tragedy.

Rev. Dr. Tardiff Reflects on Giving Back

President’s Club members Rev. Dr. Richard Tardiff and his wife Pamela Van Wechel have been supporting their alma mater, UH Mānoa, since 2010. Here’s why.

On a Mission to Empower HI Youth

Central Pacific Bank Foundation has generously supported UH students with recent gifts totaling more than $57,000 to support scholarships.

Recognizing Writing Talent in Hilo

Kara Nelson, a UH Hilo senior double majoring in English and communication, is the first recipient of the Matthew Somchai Therrien Memorial Award.

Jon Isle

Mr. Isle set up the Tully J. Isle Endowed scholarship to encourage and assist students studying in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at UH Mānoa. He also established the fund in memory of his father Charles, his mother Lucille and his brother James.