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in their educational journeys

The first permanently endowed scholarship was created at the UH Foundation in 1976. Since then, the tradition of providing opportunities through private gifts has grown to help more than 3,000 students each year.

Scholarships, awards, grants and fellowships offer students the opportunity to pursue their educational goals at Hawai‘i’s only public system of higher education. The impact of a scholarship has an effect felt far beyond the student helped.

When you provide a scholarship for a student, you do more than help them financially — you impart a lesson of generosity and concern for others that they incorporate into their own lives. By investing in a student, you improve their life, their family's, and our community.

Join us in investing in our students.


Equity & Access

Your gift to this fund will support students who have demonstrated financial need, are first generation college attendees, or are under-represented at the University of Hawai‘i.


Student Success

Your gift to this fund will help address the greatest needs facing students at each campus or across the University of Hawai‘i.


Student Need at UH

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Impact on students

John Chin Young scholarships “capture the moment” for UH artists
Hawaiʻi-born painter John Chin Young expressed moments and motion in quick strokes, influenced by Chinese calligraphy he studied as a child.
UH Hilo is a learning experience for this student-athlete 5,000 miles from home
Chloe Culanding is a senior at UH Hilo, where she is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. She grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia, and is in her fourth year as a student-athlete on the women’s volleyball team at UH Hilo.
UH Maui College culinary students pivot from food prep to packing produce
For two months after the fires, the culinary arts program’s Pāʻina Building was a food preparation hub where 200,000 meals were prepped, cooked and sent out for delivery for members of the community displaced by fires.
Scholarship helps me shoot for the stars
Dorian Yoshizumi grew up in Kāneʻohe and graduated from Castle High School, where he took classes and earned college credits through Hawaiʻi’s Early College program.
Blending Hawaiian culture with a STEM education
Abigail Macalintal grew up in Kailua and is a student at the UH Mānoa College of Engineering, majoring in mechanical engineering.
Engineering alum’s gift commemorates lasting memories of Hawaiʻi
"We quickly learned to appreciate and embrace the best of what Hawaiʻi has to offer."

Let’s start a conversation

If you’re interested in supporting our students, we would love to learn more about what you would like to achieve with your philanthropy.

Gail Nakayama

Associate Director, Scholarship Development

[email protected]
(808) 376-7870