Nearly 300 scholarship donors and their student recipients came together on April 18, for the first University of Hawaiʻi Foundation Scholarship Celebration since the COVID-19 pandemic halted gatherings two years ago. The luncheon was held at the newly renovated Campus Center Ballroom at UH Mānoa.
Students had the opportunity to meet and thank the donors whose scholarship gifts have helped to support their educational goals. Donors were excited to hear firsthand about the impact their giving has on students’ lives and futures.
“Our students amaze us every day with their curiosity, intellectual capacity, perseverance and commitment to humanity,” UH President David Lassner said. “We couldn’t help our students fulfill their passion to move Hawaiʻi forward without our many donors who demonstrate through their scholarship support how much they care about educating the next generation of leaders for our islands.”
Last year, 6,887 donors made gifts totaling $48.5 million to support student aid and scholarships for UH students statewide.
“We are so excited to celebrate our incredible students who have been so resilient and our amazing donors whose generosity funds these academic journeys,” said Tim Dolan, UH vice president of advancement and UH Foundation CEO.
The first permanently endowed scholarship was created at the UH Foundation in 1976 to benefit students attending UH. Since then, providing access to higher education through private gifts has become a tradition. Today, the foundation manages more than 2,000 student aid accounts.
Find out how you can contribute to the education of students at UH campuses at UHFoundation.org/give.