Hawaiʻi construction company Nan, Inc. has donated $160,000 to fund the Nan, Inc. Scholarship in Engineering at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering. The donation will financially support Hawaiʻi’s future civil and environmental engineers.
“We are so grateful for Nan, Inc.‘s generosity to help support our civil and environmental engineering students in such a significant way,” College of Engineering Dean Brennon Morioka said. “The construction and civil engineering industry plays such a huge role in Hawaiʻi‘s economy that the importance of providing a sustainable pipeline of quality engineers into our workforce is so critical for our way of life while also providing good paying jobs for our local residents right here at home. We are fortunate to have Nan, Inc. as a partner in our efforts.”
“As a local company with most of our engineers having earned their degrees at the University of Hawaiʻi, these scholarships are a little way of helping out some of Hawaiʻi’s future engineers,” said Nan, Inc. Founder Nan Shin. “Although probably not known to many, several members of our leadership team (Fooney Freestone, president; Ryan Nakaima, vice president; Frank Okimoto, vice president) are alumni of UH’s College of Engineering. It is my hope that this gift will help its recipients achieve their full potential.”
Civil and environmental engineering focuses on the activities of people and their interaction with the environment. A civil engineer conceives, plans, designs, constructs, operates and maintains man-made public works, such as buildings, roads and waterways, as well as earthworks.