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.
Recent Impact Stories
The event honored the generous donors who made gifts to support student scholarships at UH West O‘ahu and celebrated the student scholarship recipients.
The 68-foot semi-displacement aluminum catamaran will be used by a team of 12 researchers at the UH Mānoa Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology.
Jonathan Merage is expanding his support to fund two new studies that aim to help meteorologists better understand destructive supercell thunderstorms and the role that terrain can play in the generation of the precursors to most deadly tornadoes.
"I can’t think of a better place to put your money than into affordable, available education right here on our island."
UH Mānoa students spent four days on an ‘ultimate learning trip’ to Kaho‘olawe, a research opportunity funded by the Richard H. & Mildred D. Kosaki student assistance endowment.
"Entrepreneurship and small business are at the heart of making Hawaiʻi a more livable place," says Ben Godsey, president and CEO of ProService Hawaii.
“What makes you think you can go to medical school?” asked a neighbor. “People from this town rarely go to college, let alone medical school. And you’re a girl!”
“On a Google search,” says Mary Lynn Marrs, “my late grandmother’s scholarship appeared. It was like discovering buried treasure!”
The Jodean Marie Behner-Schneider Dela Cruz Endowed Scholarship was established by Romel Dela Cruz in memory of his wife for education students studying STEM at the UH Mānoa College of Education.