Former Miss Hawaii Candes Gentry establishes $50,000 scholarship endowment at the Shidler College of Business

University of Hawaiʻi
Dolly Omiya, (808) 956-6902
Shidler College of Business
Margot Schrire, (808) 956-6774
UH Foundation
Posted: Dec 7, 2007

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation is proud to announce the establishment the Candes Mejide Gentry Endowed Scholarship at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business. The initial $25,000 gift from Gentry will be matched with funds from Jay Shidler‘s $25 million gift,
increasing the total value to $50,000. The endowed scholarship is for full-time students majoring in business with preference to students interested in entrepreneurship.

"It is extremely heartwarming to receive an endowment from a recent graduate like Candes especially because she just started her professional career in business," said V. Vance Roley, Dean of the Shidler College of Business. "Candes is a strong supporter of higher education and is committed to helping other
deserving students reach their academic goals. She is also a great role model for our younger generation."

"I greatly appreciated the generosity of scholarship donors who made it possible for me to contribute to financing my own education," said Candes Gentry, director of Gentry Pacific, Ltd. "I hope that I can help other deserving students enjoy a balanced life while earning scholarship funds to alleviate the financial strain of pursuing education, which I value so deeply."

"As a highly talented student, Candes had the opportunity to attend any college of her choice," said Mānoa Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw. "We‘re honored that she chose the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to pursue her MBA. With Candes‘ scholarship endowment, she is providing increased opportunities for other great students to receive an excellent business education at home."

Candes Meijide Gentry is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, earning a BS from the School of Travel Industry Management in 1998 and an MBA from the Shidler College of Business in 2004. Gentry is an accomplished athlete, performer, Miss Hawaii 1999 and world traveler. She is director
of Gentry Pacific, Ltd., one of the many family-owned businesses in which she is an active shareholder.

Gentry was raised in Hawaii and graduated from Punahou School. As a scholarship recipient, she attended Babson College and Columbia University, but decided to complete her education at the
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

About the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Established in 1949 as the College of Business Administration, the College was named in 2006 after alumnus Jay H. Shidler, founder and managing partner of The Shidler Group. The Shidler College of Business is renowned for its expertise in international management education and is consistently ranked
among the nation's top 25 graduate schools for international business by U.S.News & World Report. Long recognized for its Asia-Pacific focus, the College is a professional school, offering a wide variety of degree, certificate and executive programs. The College places a strong emphasis on the development of management skills, entrepreneurship and the management of business information technology. The UH
Shidler College of Business is the only graduate program in the State of Hawai'i accredited by AACSB International. For more information, visit

About the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation

The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation is an independent, university-related, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to raise private funds according to priorities determined by the academic leadership of the University of Hawaiʻi and approved by the Board of Regents. Founded in 1955, the Foundation provides
a full range of fund raising and alumni relations services for all 10 UH campuses. For more information on the Foundation, visit

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