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UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Rockne Freitas accepts a donation check from UAH and HIIA officials.

The Underwriters Association of Hawaiʻi (UAH) donated $10,000 to the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu Risk Management and Insurance certificate program at the organization’s annual charitable golf tournament on July 26. Participating insurance companies and agencies donated funds that will be used for student scholarships and program development.

The Risk Management and Insurance certificate program provides training for risk management, personal and commercial insurance professionals and prepares students for licensure examination.

“This generous donation from the Underwriters Association of Hawaiʻi allows us to offer additional scholarship support to students pursuing the Risk Management and Insurance certificate program at UH West Oʻahu,” said UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Rockne Freitas. “It’s a win, win situation because our graduates go on to careers in the insurance industry where trained professionals are in high demand here and across the nation.”

UH West Oʻahu is the only university in the state to offer a certificate in risk management and insurance. The certificate program was created in partnership with Hawaiʻi’s risk management and insurance industry to meet the ever-increasing demand for qualified insurance professionals, and develop the skilled professionals needed in a field that offers high starting salaries, job stability, impressive opportunities for future career growth, and a balanced lifestyle.

“I can’t thank our fellow industry association, UAH, enough for their strong support and such generous donation,” said President of the Hawaiʻi Independent Insurance Agents Association Ron McQuaid. “Being the first of its kind and only insurance certificate curriculum in Hawaiʻi, this support will help ensure the growth of the program.”

Read the UH West Oʻahu news release for more information.

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