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West Oʻahu Gets Donation for Insurance Program

Posted on | June 24, 2011 | Comments Off on West Oʻahu Gets Donation for Insurance Program

Gene Awakuni, Surita Savio and Sonia Leong headshots

From left, Gene Awakuni, UH West Oʻahu, Surita Savio, Insurance Associates and Sonia Leong, HIIA

The Hawaiʻi Independent Insurance Agents Association, the leading organization for independent insurance professionals in Hawaiʻi, made a $2,500 gift to West Oʻahu to fund student scholarships for an innovative new certificate program that trains risk management, personal and commercial insurance professionals and prepares students for licensure examination.

“We are committed to supporting Hawaiʻi’s insurance industry and the development of qualified professionals,” says HIIA Executive Director Sonia Leong. “This scholarship fund was made possible by a generous donation to HIIA from one of our members, Insurance Associates, Inc. It is with the support of dedicated members like these that we are able to open doors to future insurance professionals who serve the people of Hawai‘i.”

“We are excited to offer programs like these that create pathways for students to find fulfilling careers after graduation,” said UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni. “Our partnership with the risk management and insurance industry is a great example of UH West Oʻahu’s commitment to delivering quality programs that meet workforce needs and we are grateful to the HIIA and Hawaiʻi’s insurance industry for making this possible.”

Read the news release.