January, 2007 Vol. 32 No. 1
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Published January 2007

Celebrating our centennial, and Hawaiʻi’s best and brightest

President of the UH System David McClain

2007 is here—the year UH turns 100! As we celebrate the university’s centennial, I am delighted also to celebrate the academic achievements of high-performing Hawaiʻi high school graduates by announcing a Centennial Scholars program that provides financial incentives to attend any of our UH campuses.

The university is committed to strengthening undergraduate education by creating access to public higher education in the state of Hawaiʻi for our best and brightest students. At the same time, we need to ensure that our students succeed in their educational pursuits and graduate in a timely manner, and this is where financial aid can help.

Beginning in fall 2007, incoming freshmen will receive a $1,000 scholarship if they score 1,800 or higher on the three-part SAT Reasoning Test (or the ACT equivalent) or graduate in spring 2007 or later with an unweighted 3.8 grade point average. Students will continue to receive the grant for up to four years on a UH baccalaureate campus or two years at a UH community college, provided they maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Community college recipients who transfer to a UH baccalaureate campus and maintain a 3.0 GPA can continue to receive the scholarship for two more years.

UH Mānoa will commit an additional $1,000 for students meeting both criteria.

We expect about 1,000 students in the state to achieve qualifying GPAs and more than 1,300 students to have qualifying SAT scores. When fully implemented in four years, the scholarship will represent a commitment of as much as $5 million annually to Hawaiʻi’s high performing high school graduates.

UH already awards more than $16 million annually in institutional financial assistance, plus another $5 million in scholarships from donations raised by the UH Foundation. We’ve earmarked enough of our new tuition revenue so that we can quadruple need-based financial aid over the next several years.

Working with the UH Foundation as part of our Centennial Campaign, I’m committed to increasing our scholarship support even further to ensure that, in the university’s second century, every qualified student has the opportunity to receive a terrific UH education.

With best wishes in this centennial year
David McClain

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