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UH to receive wide-ranging $9.2M gift

Date: 12/28/2012

Honolulu Star Advertiser

December 27, 2012, 1:30 a.m. HST

UH to receive wide-ranging $9.2M gift

Reported by Marcie Kagawa

An anonymous donor has committed to a $9.2 million gift to the University of Hawaii to fund scholarships and support programs and projects in the sciences and culinary arts, the UH Foundation announced Wednesday. "It's almost a dream come true, to see these areas where we have national and international expertise, now finally have support for the people in those units to expand and become really the best of the best," said Donna Vuchinich, president and CEO of the foundation.

Newsroom note: According to the foundation, the donor made the deferred gift as part of an estate plan, and funds will be given to the university upon the donor’s death. The gift will establish and support a university-wide scholarship fund for undergraduates, with an emphasis on assisting underrepresented groups in their transition from a community college setting to a baccalaureate institution. The Culinary Institute of the Pacific will also benefit from the gift, which will support the construction of the institute’s new seven-building facility at Diamond Head. Additional funds from the gift will support the construction of the Hawaiian Rare Plant Program’s conservation lab at the Lyon Arboretum.