Territorial Savings Bank invests in Hawaii's future physicians

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Margot Schrire, (808) 956-6774
Director of Communications, UH Foundation
Posted: Jul 26, 2018

From left, Alan Otsuki, Donna Vuchinich, Allan Kitagawa and Jerris Hedges.
From left, Alan Otsuki, Donna Vuchinich, Allan Kitagawa and Jerris Hedges.

Hawaiʻi’s physician shortage is well documented, with the state in need of an additional 700 doctors to serve the population. To help tackle this critical shortfall, Territorial Savings Bank has donated $100,000 to create a new scholarship for medical students at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

The scholarship is specifically intended for Hawaiʻi students who want to stay and practice in the islands.

Allan Kitagawa, Territorial Savings Bank chairman of the board, president and CEO, presented the $100,000 check to JABSOM Dean Jerris Hedges, JABSOM Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Alan Otsuki and UH Foundation President and CEO Donna Vuchinich on July 2.

“We are proud to have a fully accredited and highly respected medical school here at the university,” said Kitagawa. “Our hope is that this contribution will encourage more of our medical school graduates to remain in Hawaiʻi and contribute to the future health and well-being of our citizens.”

Said Hedges, “We are very grateful to Territorial Savings Bank for investing in our students. This gift will have a tremendous impact on Hawaiʻi’s healthcare future, and is especially welcome because it will encourage local students—those most likely to remain in Hawaiʻi—to train at home. Since this scholarship is based strictly on merit, it will enable us to keep top local talent. These students are also being recruited by mainland medical schools, so having robust scholarship packages is critical to our ability to attract the best.”

The first Territorial Savings Bank Scholars will receive their awards in the 2020 academic year.

Said Vuchinich, “This generous gift from Territorial Savings Bank will help secure a healthier future, not only for the students it supports, but for our entire state. Access to qualified, culturally sensitive doctors is key to healthy communities and we are most thankful to Territorial Savings Bank for their investment.”

For more information about helping to reduce the physician shortage by supporting Hawaiʻi medical students, please contact JABSOM Director of Development Elaine Evans at elaine.evans@uhfoundation.org or (808) 692-0991.

(Full photo caption, from left) John A. Burns School of Medicine Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Alan Otsuki, University of Hawaiʻi Foundation President and CEO Donna Vuchinich, Territorial Savings Bank Chairman, President and CEO Allan Kitagawa and John A. Burns School of Medicine Dean Jerris Hedges.


The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa honors its unique research environment to excel in science-based efforts to eliminate diseases that disproportionately affect people in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific region. Annually at JABSOM, more than 500 future physicians are learning medicine, JABSOM researchers secure up to $52 million in grants, and overall economic stimulus to Hawaiʻi from the school tops $456 million annually. JABSOM also confers degrees in Clinical Translational Research, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Tropical Medicine, Cell and Molecular Biology, Medical Technology and Developmental and Reproductive Biology. http://jabsom.hawaii.edu. Read our economic impact report at http://www.hawaii.edu/news/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/JABSOM-Fact-Sheet_2.pdf

The University of Hawai‘i Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawai‘i System. The mission of the University of Hawai‘i Foundation is to unite donors’ passions with the University of Hawai‘i’s aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawai‘i and our future generations. www.uhfoundation.org

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