Neighbor Island MBA students at Shidler College of Business benefit from $150,000 in scholarships

Glenn Hong (top row, third from left) presents a check to the Neighbor Island MBA class.

The UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business has received a gift of $150,000 for scholarships from the Hawaiʻi-based companies of Saltchuk Resources Inc., based in Seattle, Washington. The Hawaiʻi-based companies are Foss Hawaiʻi, Aloha Air Cargo, Hawaiʻi Petroleum, Minit Stop and Young Brothers.

Since 2006, Saltchuk and its Hawaiʻi-based companies have donated approximately $680,000 in scholarships to the Shidler College of Business, affirming their commitment to developing future business leaders on the Neighbor Islands and supporting the communities they serve.

Said Young Brothers’ President Glenn Hong, “Saltchuk is proud to support Hawai‘i’s future by emphasizing education and leadership development initiatives. The Shidler College of Business Distance Learning Executive MBA program provides opportunities to neighbor island students with a quality program. Saltchuk is pleased to be able to provide funding to help further the education of Hawai‘i’s future leaders.”

“I’m grateful to Saltchuk Hawai‘i companies for its continuous support of our Neighbor Island students enrolled in the Distance Learning EMBA program,” said Shidler College of Business Dean Vance Roley. “Since 2006, Saltchuk Resources Inc. and its Saltchuk Hawaiʻi companies have given the Shidler College of Business a total of $530,000 in scholarships affirming their commitment to developing future business leaders on the Neighbor Islands and supporting the communities they serve.”

The scholarship gift enabled 9 Neighbor Island students to enroll in the 2016-2018 cohort of the Distance Learning Executive MBA program at Shidler College. The scholarship was awarded based on community service, merit and financial need. To be eligible, students must work on Kaua‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i or Hawai‘i Island and be a State of Hawai‘i resident.

Said Distance Learning Executive MBA student Kimberly Pua, “I am grateful for the scholarship and, because of this generosity, I am able to attain one of my major milestones in life. This scholarship will lighten my financial burden and allow me to focus on the program, which will in turn help me achieve my goal to effectively manage our family business in Hilo.  I hope one day I will be able to give back to the community and help future students achieve their goals.” Pua is a Project Manager at Wesley R. Segawa & Associates Inc. in Hilo.

The 22-month Distance Learning Executive MBA program provides a unique hybrid approach to teaching that combines the Internet, state-of-the-art distance learning technology, and traditional teaching methods. The program enables students to expand their business perspectives, sharpen their business skills, build professional networks and earn their MBA degrees — all without leaving their islands.


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