Grant Thornton Partner Patrick Oki has established a $50,000 endowed scholarship fund at the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business. The initial gift of $25,000 will be matched with funds from the Shidler's Matching Gift Program to total $50,000. The Patrick Oki Endowed Scholarship Fund for Beta Alpha Psi will provide scholarships to students who are officers or committee chairs of Beta Alpha Psi-Delta Theta Chapter majoring in accounting. Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization at the Shidler College of Business for financial information students and encourages and gives recognition to scholastic and professional excellence.
"Beta Alpha Psi was instrumental in guiding me into a successful career in public accounting when I attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa," said Patrick Oki. "I truly believe that student organizations such as Beta Alpha Psi bridge the gap between academia and the real business world by introducing students to business professionals, encouraging leadership and teamwork, and developing a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility. This endowment fund is intended to financially assist leaders of Beta Alpha Psi to help ensure the organization will continue to guide its members to successful careers in accounting."
"This generous gift from Patrick Oki will not only support members of Beta Alpha Psi but also encourage students to actively pursue leadership roles," said V. Vance Roley. "Student organizations play an important role at the College by nurturing the social, academic and professional development of a student."
"Students take on enormous financial and academic strain when they take on leadership roles in student-run organizations at the University," said UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw. "Patrick's establishment of an endowed scholarship for members of Beta Alpha Psi will go a long way in supporting the entire student organization."
Patrick Oki started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Hawaiʻi and later joined the Honolulu office of Grant Thornton LLP in 2005 as an audit partner.
Oki is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. He is an active member of the University of Hawaiʻi Alumni Association serving as treasurer. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Hawaiʻi Society of Certified Public Accountants, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and Association of Government Accountants. As a former member of Beta Alpha Psi-Delta Theta Chapter, Oki continues to give back through networking and professional activities. He received his BBA in accounting in 1992 from the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business.