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  • From left, John Han, Tertia Freas, Vance Roley, Sandra Fujiyama

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation has given $200,000 to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s RISE— Residences for Innovative Student Entrepreneurs — project, a world-class innovation and entrepreneurship center coupled with student housing being built on the site of the former Atherton YMCA across from the flagship campus.

The gift helps to fund scholarships for student residents at the 374-bed live-learn-work community at RISE with programs operated by the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) at the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business.

Student residents who move into RISE for the fall semester will enjoy a brand-new housing community with like-minded students, and proximity to the wealth of UH entrepreneurship programs offered by PACE in the classroom, makerspaces, meeting rooms and co-working spaces on the floors below.

“We want every student who is a creator, changemaker and problem-solver to have the opportunity to live at RISE and be immersed in an environment where they can explore their passions and bring their ideas to life, however, the cost to live at RISE is a barrier for some of these students,” said PACE Executive Director Sandra Fujiyama. “Through the generous donation by The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation, we are able to offer scholarships to these students as part of our PACE Leaders program and open the door to this unique opportunity.”

The gift builds on The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation’s long standing support for UH academic and athletic programs.

“On behalf of The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation, we congratulate PACE at the Shidler College for creating this world-class innovation and entrepreneurship center and student housing facility, that will benefit not only Shidler students, but students from all majors and campuses throughout the UH System that participate in PACE‘s programs at RISE,” said Tertia Freas, Shidler College of Business alumna and executive director of The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation.

“The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation’s vision aligns with our mission to nurture local talent and innovation, empowering UH students to make a lasting impact in Hawaiʻi,” said Shidler College of Business Dean Vance Roley. “We are grateful for the generous scholarship support, which enables us to unlock the potential of deserving student entrepreneurs. The PACE Leaders program stands at the forefront of educational innovation, providing students with an opportunity to cultivate and refine their entrepreneurial and leadership skills.”

This gift is among a number of private gifts totaling more than $5 million that PACE, along with UH Foundation, has raised to pay for the costs of furnishing and equipping RISE and to cover the cost of operations and scholarships in the first few years of operation.

RISE is fully-funded with private, non-taxpayer money under a public-private partnership (P3) between UH, UH Foundation and Hunt Development Group Hawaiʻi. Moss is the general contractor on the project and B.HOM Student Living will manage RISE, the university’s first externally managed student housing complex.

Current and prospective students at any of the 10 UH campuses are welcome to apply. For more information and to apply, visit the RISE website. All RISE student spaces, including student housing rooms, will be open by August. The Atherton wing, which will house office space for UH Foundation and additional ideation space for PACE, is expected to be completed by January 2024.

About RISE at the University of Hawai‘i

RISE is a first-of-its-kind, $70 million, six-story facility that will integrate an innovation-and-entrepreneurship center with approximately 374 beds for student housing. It will be a collaborative learning environment where students of all disciplines can explore their passions, solve complex problems, build prototypes, test their ideas and access resources. Students will develop new skill sets so that they may become the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs who can positively impact our community. The UH Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) will expand into the 114,000-square-foot structure and develop hands-on programs and operate the coworking space, meeting rooms, classroom and prototyping labs.

RISE is located at 1810 University Avenue. Learn more at Follow RISE on Instagram and Facebook, @risemanoa.


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The Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) is the home for an integrated set of leading-edge entrepreneurship programs at the University of Hawai‘i. Based in the Shidler College of Business, PACE is dedicated to fostering the entrepreneurial spirit among all members of the University and local community. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter, @PACEhawaii.

The Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa was established in 1949 as the College of Business Administration and named in 2006 after alumnus Jay H. Shidler, founder and managing partner of The Shidler Group. The Shidler College of Business is renowned for its expertise in international management education and is consistently ranked among the nation's top business schools for international business by U.S. News & World Report. Long recognized for its Asia Pacific focus, the college offers a wide variety of degree, certificate and executive programs. The college offers the only graduate program in the state of Hawai‘i and Vietnam accredited by AACSB International.

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa serves approximately 20,000 students pursuing more than 225 different degrees. Coming from every Hawaiian island, every state in the nation, and more than 100 countries, UH Mānoa students thrive in an enriching environment for the global exchange of ideas. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

The University of Hawai‘i Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawai‘i System. The mission of the University of Hawai‘i Foundation is to unite donors’ passions with the University of Hawai‘i’s aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawai‘i and our future generations.