Director and Professor of the School of Accountancy Jenny Teruya and husband Alfred established the Master’s of Accounting Endowed Scholarship Fund to support students who have the potential to achieve a master degree in the accounting field, but lack financial means.
Alfred and Jenny Teruya have been involved in Hawaiʻi’s public school system for many years. Alfred recently retired from McKinley High School after completing 30-years of service for the Department of Education. Jenny’s commitment to higher education grew out of her own educational experiences and pride for her alma mater. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Accounting degrees from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and later earned a PhD in Accounting from the University of Arizona. In 1998, Jenny joined the College as assistant professor of accounting at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Today, she is an associate professor of accounting and the director of the School of Accountancy.
"Both of us are educators and value the opportunities education provides our youth," says Jenny Teruya. "We have talked about establishing scholarships ’one of these days’, however, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to take advantage of the Shidler match; it allowed us to have a bigger impact than we could afford on our own."
Together with matching funds from Jay Shidler’s $25 million gift last year, the scholarship endowment totals $50,000.