The University of Hawaiʻi‘s four-year campuses received a $100,000 grant from Hawaiian Airlines to establish a scholarship for students studying information technology, computer science, cybersecurity and other related computer technology programs.
The Hawaiian Airlines Information Technology Endowed Scholarship is the first UH scholarship established by the Honolulu-based airline.
The new scholarship will help students build IT careers in Hawaiʻi and beyond. It’s available to students pursuing a degree in programs including information technology from the Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa, computer science degrees at UH Mānoa and UH Hilo, and cybersecurity at UH West Oʻahu.
“Our kuleana includes cultivating talent from within the communities we serve—especially our Hawaiʻi home,” said John Jacobi, Hawaiian Airlines senior vice president and chief information officer. “We are proud to expand on our existing partnerships to provide even more opportunities for students to navigate pathways toward success.”
Hawaiian Airlines is a longtime supporter of other UH programs including athletics and the Aircraft Mechanic Apprenticeship Program at Honolulu Community College.
Hawaiian Airlines is also one of the local employers participating in UH Mānoa’s IT/Cyber Leap Start Experience Excelerator Program, training participants to enter the IT sector by providing real-world professional experience for UH students approaching graduation and for recent UH graduates seeking work experience.
“Hawaiian Airlines’ forward-thinking philanthropy will help build a pipeline of future employees through supporting students pursuing promising careers in information technology, computer science and cybersecurity,” said Tim Dolan, UH vice president of advancement and CEO of UH Foundation. “We’re grateful that such a prominent local company has the vision to create opportunities for students to grow with well-paying careers here in Hawaiʻi.”