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House of Finance founder Roland Casamina establishes $50,000 scholarship

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dolly Omiya, (808) 956-6902
Information and Publications Manager, Shidler College of Business
Posted: Jul 17, 2012

Evelyn and Roland Casamina, in center, are flanked by son Matthew and daughter Celine.
Evelyn and Roland Casamina, in center, are flanked by son Matthew and daughter Celine.
Roland Casamina, founder and CEO of House of Finance Inc. and founding president of the Filipino Community (FilCom) Center, has establish a $50,000 endowed scholarship at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Shidler College of Business. The Roland Casamina and House of Finance Inc. Endowed Scholarship will provide tuition support for undergraduate business students who demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to community service.
Said Casamina, “I’m just happy to be able to give back, no matter how small, to the University that gave me so much.”
Born in a small province in the Philippines, a young Casamina arrived in Hawai‘i in the late 1960s. Hoping for a better life, he worked as a busboy while attending Farrington High School and supported himself as a waiter during his college years at UH Mānoa.
Soon after graduating, 22-year-old Casamina was hired as a branch manager for International Savings and Loan. He quickly rose up the ranks to vice president and eventually left in 1995 to establish House of Finance Inc., a company that specializes in residential loan funding.
In 2010 and 2011, Pacific Business News ranked House of Finance number 15in residential loan funding in Hawai‘i, outfunding many of the mid-sized banks in the state.
 In 2002, Casamina and partner Eddie Flores Jr. were instrumental in procuring donations from the community and building the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu. 
Casamina received his BBA from the Shidler College of Business in 1976. He and his wife, Evelyn, have four children and two grandchildren.
“We want to thank Roland, Evelyn, and their entire family for their commitment to improving academic opportunities for our local students,” said Vance Roley, dean of the Shidler College of Business. “The Casamina family is already well-known for their support of the FilCom Center. With this scholarship gift, they have expanded their legacy by making higher education possible for more of Hawai‘i’s students.”