Scholarship donors and Honolulu CC student scholarship recipients warmly greeted each other during this special evening celebrating the very real impact of philanthropy.
During the program Chancellor Mike Rota and Vice Chancellor Erika Lacro highlighted the significance of student support for community college students. Mark Lombawa, a scholarship recipient, then shared his personal account about how scholarships helped him attend college and learn the skills he will need in a very competitive and fast-paced work arena. Lombawa, raised by a single mother, described the financial hardships the family has faced and how financial aid was a critical element to him staying in school. Lombawa also sincerely thanked the many donors who support private scholarships at Honolulu CC.
Guests were inspired to hear from Kathleen Jaycox, a dedicated donor and retired Honolulu CC staff member, who spoke about the path which led to her creation of an endowed scholarship to support students who need to take remedial math and English courses before they can start general education classes. Jaycox worked with the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation to create a planned gift via a life estate interest in her home which will eventually fund the endowed scholarship.
Photos by: Scott Nishi | University of Hawaiʻi Foundation