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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.

Two jobs lost; one diploma gained

In her final semester before graduation, Brittny lost both her jobs.  She thanks UH professors, staff, and donors for comfort and the help she needed.

All of a sudden, student teacher teaching virtually

The general education and special education major has officially completed her BEd and hopes to be teaching in a Hawaiʻi school this fall.

1st-generation student weighs options

It is truly a life saver to have received these funds in this time of need. The use of these funds will go directly back into my education and will help out greatly.

Looking ahead, despite rough start on 2nd BA

A small contribution might not seem like it makes a difference, but for folks like me who are out of work, … this means I get to keep the lights on and have my belly full.

“It’s true: We are all in this together”

Davelin lost one of her two jobs and is trying to get by on a reduced income. Help from the Urgent Student Relief Fund is easing her stress and anxiety.

Plot turns for aspiring author at Hawai‘i CC

This past month has been the most unforeseen second half of a first semester starting college I could imagine. Although, I'm sure it will provide much inspiration for stories as I develop my career as an author.

Arigatō, gracias, xièxiè, salamat, mahalo!

Mary is thankful for support from the student relief fund, and to all who are helping her through this time.

“I’m almost there!”

McKenna is close to the finish line and needed a little help to stay on track.

International students hit especially hard by crisis

When the crisis hit, the financial support Mohammad had been receiving from his family evaporated because of the lockdowns.

Hilo mom of 4 chooses optimism over fear

“It’s so wonderful to see the community coming together to support each other to get through this, and I have no doubt that we will.” 

Mom of 5 finds hope

I was working full-time and going to school full-time when this pandemic hit. My kids’ school closed and it was a matter of my kids’ health over working. What to do?

Missionary’s prayers answered

I needed the urgent relief funds because it's difficult to find money in my situation to pay for my college fees.