University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business alumna Shirleyanne Chew recently established the Chew Jay Family Endowed Scholarship Fund. Her gift will be matched by funds from Jay Shidler’s $25 million gift, increasing its total value to $100,000.
Chew said this scholarship was established to help students with full-time working parents. Chew attributes her success in the workplace to the support she received from her family enabling her to work and continue her education. "In Hawaiʻi, which has one of the largest percentage of working mothers, I was fortunate to have family to care for my children," said Chew. "With this support, my children never lacked the love and guidance they needed to grow into confident and successful adults. This scholarship is being established in appreciation of my family — Annie Jay Hee, and Cora, Joseph, Edwin, Elnora and Alfred Jay."
The Chew scholarship endowment benefits local high school graduates who require financial support. Special preference will be given to students who have excellent oral and written skills, and exhibit personal initiative, family values and leadership.
The Chew Jay Family Endowed Scholarship Fund is the latest donation from Shirleyanne Chew. In September 2005, Chew established the $35,000 Hee Chew Family Endowed Scholarship fund to provide need-based support to full-time undergraduate students at the College.
Chew also served for many years on the Shidler College of Business Alumni Board and was key in developing such activities as the annual wine tasting. In 2005, she led alumni fundraising efforts to purchase tables, chairs and umbrellas to improve common areas for students.
"It is always heartwarming when our alums choose to honor a family member by investing in their alma mater," said V. Vance Roley, Dean of the Shidler College of Business. "Shirleyanne’s investment in the College says a great deal about her family’s value of education and the value she places on our institution. I’m truly grateful for her continuous support."
"Shirleyanne Chew’s commitment to the Shidler College of Business goes much deeper than her gifts," said UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw. "She has been personally involved at every level — as an alumna, advocate for education and now as a donor. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa greatly appreciates this support and the difference it makes in the educational opportunities we provide to our students."
Shirleyanne Chew received her MBA in 1972 from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.