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Donor Spotlight

$1.6 million gift for sustainability education at UH community colleges

Retired sewage treatment plant operator Isamu Shinshiro bequeaths $1.6 million to the University of Hawai'i community colleges to create an endowment establishing the Isamu Shinshiro Scholarship for Sustainable Technology Education and Training Fund. Income from the endowment will provide UH community college students financial assistance to complete two-year degrees or certificates in a broad range of sustainable technology programs throughout the community college campuses.

Shinshiro led a quiet life and rarely drew attention to himself. Yet, in his later yeas, he decided to leave a legacy for the future generations of Hawai'i, and enlisted the help of a close friend in making a bequest. His desire to help lower or eliminate financial barriers that prevent students from accessing a good education and training in industries that sustain Hawai'i's natural environment, ecosystem and resources.

"Mr. Shinshiro cried when he heard what his estate would do. Although he knew he would not be alive to see this happen, he was happy to know he was going to be able to help the youth of Hawai'i," said his close friend. "He knew that community colleges help a great number of students and that they even nurture those who need that extra boost. The action of this quiet and unassuming gentleman will touch the lives of so many and will definitely make Hawai'i a better place."

If you'd like to support the legacy of Isamu Shinshiro, contributions can be made online or sent to the UH Foundation, P.O. Box 11270, Honolulu, HI 96828-0270 (please write "Isamu Shinshiro Sust. Ed. Scholarship" on the check). For more information about how you can support the University of Hawai'i Community Colleges, please contact Donna Vuchinich at donna.vuchinich@uhfoundation.org.