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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.

A Tale of Two Women

This is the story of two young girls, born seventy years apart, in different parts of the world, to families of different races. Raised in rural surroundings, each nurtured the dream of getting an education and traveling far from home. They never met, yet their lives became permanently intertwined when the first Kay Ikeda Kaneshima Endowed Excellence Scholarship in Japanese Studies was awarded to Rachel Hazeltine in 2011-2012.

Kathleen Jaycox

Kathleen Jaycox enjoyed a 41 year career as an educator, helping students help themselves. Before her retirement in 2010, she served as a community college administrator in both Illinois and Hawai'i.

Sheena and Fred Ing

UH alumni and steady donors Sheena and Fred Ing are lifelong, dedicated UH sports fans who cheer the teams every chance they get. From holding season tickets in the 1970s and enjoying the Men's Basketball "Fab Five" run to Derek Tatsuno's baseball years, this energetic couple has been rooting for UH.

Annette Kaohelaulii

One of the things my gift has created is a scholarship for students who want to work in natural resources. This is my way of honoring Lorin’s memory.

Shiroku and Motoyo Yamamoto

For Shiroku "Whitey" and Motoyo "Amy", life has not always been easy. Now, after 60 years of marriage their journey from sugar farm children to philanthropists serves as inspiration for all.

Dr. Nan-Yao and Jill Su

Dr. Nan-Yao Su and his wife Jill established the Nan-Yao and Jill Su Endowed Fund for Entomology. This fund will assist graduate and undergraduate students studying entomology in the Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR)

Toyama, Yamasaki and Masaki

Students wishing to transfer to UH Mānoa from any of the seven community colleges in the University of Hawai'i system are eligible to get a boost from an endowed scholarship fund established by three local families known for their contributions to education.

Shoichi Tamura

Vicky, my wife, and I met at and graduated from the University of Hawai'i. The discipline gained and friendships formed have helped us throughout our lives. Now, I can give back to the University, help my church and other beloved charities, and take care of my family. 

Lenora Cho

Lenora M. Cho established a charitable remainder trust with highly appreciated stock. The trust will pay her income for life, and give her a generous tax deduction in the year of her gift. She also owed no capital gains tax upon the transfer or sale of the securities by the charitable remainder trust. When the trust terminates at Mrs. Cho's passing, the remainder of the trust will establish the David and Lenora M. Cho Endowment, which will provide undergraduate scholarships at UH Mānoa to graduates of Konawaena High School.

Jack Ward

"My goal is to perpetuate instruction at UH Manoa in Tahitian and other Polynesian languages of French Polynesia and in Balinese and enable graduate students with serious professional involvement in the study of the communities where these languages are spoken to continue their studies." - Jack Ward 

Richard Linn Stevens

As a student at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, he learned the importance of protecting the future of Hawai'i's ecosystems. After witnessing and participating in the destruction of nature during the Vietnam War, Dr. Stevens realized that his personal mission was to help protect and restore Hawai'i's 'aina.