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October 24, 2016

Saltchuk Hawaii Companies Gives $150,000 to Fund Scholarships for Neighbor Island MBA Students

Photo Caption: President of Young Brothers, Glenn Hong, representing the Hawai‘i-based companies of Saltchuk, presents students from the 2016-2018 Distance Learning Executive MBA cohort with a scholarship check.

The Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa received a gift of $150,000 for scholarships from the Hawai‘i-based companies of Saltchuk Resources, Inc., based in Seattle, Washington. The Hawai‘i-based companies are Foss Hawaii, Aloha Air Cargo, Hawaii Petroleum, Minit Stop, and Young Brothers. Since 2006, Saltchuk and its Hawai‘i-based companies have donated approximately $680,000 in scholarships to the Shidler College of Business, affirming their commitment to developing future business leaders on the Neighbor Islands and supporting the communities they serve.

“Saltchuk is proud to support Hawai‘i’s future by emphasizing education and leadership development initiatives. The Shidler College of Business Distance Learning Executive MBA program provides opportunities to neighbor island students with a quality program. Saltchuk is pleased to be able to provide funding to help further the education of Hawai‘i’s future leaders,” says Glenn Hong, president of Young Brothers.

“I’m grateful to Saltchuk Hawaii companies for its continuous support of our Neighbor Island students enrolled in the Distance Learning EMBA program,” said Vance Roley, dean of the Shidler College of Business. “Since 2006, Saltchuk Resources, Inc. and its Saltchuk Hawaii companies have given the Shidler College of Business a total of $530,000 in scholarships affirming their commitment to developing future business leaders on the Neighbor Islands and supporting the communities they serve.”

The scholarship gift enabled 9 Neighbor Island students to enroll in the 2016-2018 cohort of the Distance Learning Executive MBA program at Shidler College. The scholarship was awarded based on community service, merit, and financial need. To be eligible, students must work on Kaua‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i or Hawai‘i Island and be a State of Hawai‘i resident.

Distance Learning Executive MBA student Kimberly Pua said, “I am grateful for the scholarship and because of their generosity, I am able to attain one of my major milestones in life. This scholarship will lighten my financial burden and allow me to focus on the program, which will in turn help me achieve my goal to effectively manage our family business in Hilo. I hope one day I will be able to give back to the community and help future students achieve their goals.” Pua is a Project Manager at Wesley R. Segawa & Associates, Inc., in Hilo.

The 22-month Distance Learning Executive MBA program provides a unique hybrid approach to teaching that combines the Internet, state-of-the-art distance learning technology, and traditional teaching methods. The program enables students to expand their business perspectives, sharpen their business skills, build professional networks, and earn their MBA degrees—all without leaving their island.

To find out how you can support the Shidler College of Business, please contact Unyong Nakata, senior director of development, at unyong.nakata@uhfoundation.org or (808) 286-0702. You can also make a gift securely online at www.uhfoundation.org/GiveToShidler.

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