In 2005, we began this tradition with a little more than 40 participants and $200,000 in awarded scholarships. This year, we welcomed more than 220 donors and student scholars and have awarded nearly $1 million in scholarships to 280 of our best and brightest students from all over the world. This growth indicates just how far the College has come and how many student lives we have impacted over the past 10 years.
Thanks to the generous support of our scholarship donors, students have more opportunities to compete in national and international business competitions, study abroad, participate in internships, lead student organizations, volunteer in their communities, and excel in academics. For that reason, this year’s luncheon was very special. It allowed donors to learn about the academic achievements of their scholarship recipients, and allowed the scholars to share their career aspirations and to simply say ‘thank you.’
In the “Recipients” page, our scholarships are listed with the names of the recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year.
At this year’s luncheon, we also celebrated the recent Visionary Gift committed by Jay H. Shidler (BBA ‘68) to the Shidler College of Business. Jay’s additional commitment of $69 million over his lifetime adds to his initial gifts of $25 million in 2006 and $6 million in subsequent years to bring his total giving to $100 million. This gift will enable the College to continue to build on the progress that has been made as a result of Jay’s initial gift including expanded programs and academic support, increased faculty endowments and research support; more scholarships for more students, facility improvements, and increased national rankings for the College and international reputation for the University of Hawai‘i.
Dean, UHM Shidler College of Business