UH Shidler College, alumni and business community join together to launch fundraising campaign to support student programs

Shidler Strong Virtual Campaign Launches

Together with its alumni and Hawai’i’s business community, the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa’s Shidler College of Business recently launched a virtual fundraising campaign, called Shidler Strong, to generate support for student programs and initiatives that were impacted by the pandemic. The college has received $261,000 of its $350,000 campaign goal as of October 20, 2020.

According to Terri Fujii, BBA ‘84, MAcc ‘85, co-chair of Shidler Strong, the crisis has greatly affected students who rely on internships, networking opportunities and career services to prepare them for their futures. “We need people who understand business—all aspects of business from marketing to accounting,” she said. “So more than ever before, we need to make sure that we are here and we can provide students with the education that they need.”

“Student access to higher education and the valuable resources that the college provides remains a top priority,” Vance Roley, dean of the Shidler College, said. "Funds raised through the Shidler Strong campaign help the college continue scholarship and program support and fulfill ongoing commitments impacted by this community crisis. Our faculty and staff can continue their valuable work and focus on preparing our students to become tomorrow’s global business leaders. 

Proceeds raised from the Shidler Strong campaign will fund additional student, faculty, alumni and community programs and activities not covered by state-appropriated funds and Jay H. Shidler’s $228 million gift to the college in 2017. 

The campaign will continue until the end of the year. For more information, visit shidler.hawaii.edu/strong.