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From left, The leadership of CW Associates, founding partner Carleton Williams, managing partner Terri Fujii, tax partner and personal financial specialist Melanie King and partner Rodney Harano. Not pictured is tax partner Mark Hayes.

Accounting students at the Shidler College of Business are now supported in perpetuity through an endowment from the accounting firm CW Associates, CPAs. CW has donated $50,000 to elevate its annual scholarship to an endowment. The original CW scholarship was established in 2014 and has since awarded scholarships to eight students.

“I’m grateful to CW Associates for generously supporting our accounting students over the years,” said Dean Vance Roley. “By elevating the annual gift to an endowment, the CW Associates scholarship will continue to grow and provide many scholarship opportunities to accounting students in the future.”

All five of CW’s partners and many of its team members are proud graduates of the college’s School of Accountancy. Collectively, they believe this investment is an excellent way to give back to the University of Hawaiʻi to support aspiring accounting students.

“As students working hard to pay for tuition many years ago, endowing a scholarship at the Shidler College of Business was beyond our wildest dreams,” says Carleton L. Williams, CW’s founding partner. “Giving back means so much to us. Thank you to the professors and administrators who contributed to our ability to do so. We are forever grateful.”

Over the years, CW Associates has provided internships and job opportunities to Shidler accounting students, and participated in career development and student club activities. The firm also annually sponsors the Special Student in Accounting Award at the college’s Business Night and supports the Hall of Honor Awards.

CW Associates, founded in January 1989, provides financial reporting and tax services to a range of clients throughout Hawaiʻi and is a Certified Public Accounting Corporation with more than 50 professionals. In 2019, it was ranked the seventh largest CPA firm in Hawaiʻi, according to the Pacific Business News “Book of Lists.”