Oscar & Rosetta Fish Fund for Excellence

Oscar Fish first came to Hawaiʻi in 1938 to establish local operations for Standard Oil of California. Committed to improving his education, Oscar enrolled in the College of Business Administration's MBA program and was a member of the first MBA graduating class. He later became an executive with Cal-Tex Oil Company and founded the Pan Pacific Financial Corporation.

In 1944, an interest in education brought Rosetta Ramsey to Oahu, where she accepted a teaching position at the University of Hawaiʻi. She met Oscar soon after her arrival, and they were married in 1950.

Although they had no children of their own, Oscar and Rosetta Fish were committed to helping young people and organizations they cared so much about. Through the Oscar and Rosetta Fish Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation, they have been able to help young aspiring business men and women achieve their dreams.

Freeman Foundation Asian Study Abroad Program

Having began in the 2012-2013 academic year, the Freeman Foundation Asian Study Abroad Program helps to bridge classroom lessons with the real world. Each academic year, Shidler undergraduate students have had the opportunity to expand their perspectives on global issues and build their intercultural competencies by participating in an international exchange with several UHM partner schools in Asia.

The Freeman Foundation was established in 1994 through a bequest and in memory of the businessman and benefactor Mansfield Freeman, a former director of AIG. The foundation is dedicated to strengthening the bonds of friendship between the U.S. and the countries of the Far East.


William R. Johnson, Jr. Study Abroad Endowment

In 2012, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Shidler College of Business received $1 million from William R. Johnson, Jr., president, and CEO of Johnson Machinery Co., to establish the William R. Johnson, Jr. Study Abroad Endowment. The endowment provides international study abroad scholarships for undergraduate students attending the Shidler College of Business.

Johnson also funded two faculty endowments at the college in 2006: the William R. Johnson, Jr., Distinguished Professorship and the W. Ruel Johnson Distinguished Professorship, each endowed at $500,000.

Johnson earned his BBA from the Shidler College of Business in 1965 and was inducted into the Hall of Honor in 2007. He currently sits on the board of advisors of UC-Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering.


Azamat Kumykov

Azamat Kumykov serves as a director at Moscow Plant for Automatic Lines and Special Machines Open Joint-Stock Company (MoZAL). He was an investment director at Group PromSvyazCapital. Kumykov served as an associate director of Colliers International in Moscow in the Real Estate and Development team, where he was responsible for private equity funds, capital markets, deal structuring, consulting and investment brokerage. Kumykov has been an associate professor of finance at Moscow State University. He earned a Japan-Focused MBA from the Shidler College of Business in 2002. During that time he was a Shidler Global Leader (previously known as Oscar and Rosetta Fish Scholar).