SSFM International pledges full-tuition engineering scholarships

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Apr 24, 2009

"We are so grateful to donors such as SSFM International Inc., who are able to provide these opportunities to our students. Full-tuition scholarships are especially important during this economic time when the need for financial support is so great."
—Dean Peter Crouch, College of Engineering, UH Mānoa

HONOLULU - The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation and UH Mānoa's College of Engineering are happy to announce a pledge of $91,763 to be paid over three years, from SSFM International, Inc. The purpose of this fund is to provide four full-tuition undergraduate scholarships to employees of SSFM International, Inc. who are also students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mʻnoa College of Engineering, majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

SSFM International Inc. is a Hawaiʻi- based business with a long history of supporting the University of Hawaiʻi. The company's lifetime giving, including this new gift, totals $284,012.

"I am pleased that SSFM International Inc. is able to support my alma mater, the College of Engineering, and our future engineers in this important way. Scholarships have a profound impact on the lives of students, and make it possible for the University of Hawaiʻi to attract and retain the best and brightest students," said Michael P. Matsumoto, president, SSFM International, Inc.

The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawaiʻi System. Our mission is to unite our donors‘ passions with the University of Hawaiʻi's aspirations to benefit the people of Hawaiʻi and beyond. We do this by raising private philanthropic support, managing private investments and nurturing donor and alumni relationships. Please visit www.uhf.

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SSFM International Inc. is a Hawaiʻi-based, minority-owned business founded in 1959, incorporated in the State of Hawaiʻi in 1961, and 100% employee owned with leader-ship provided by four partners and eighteen associates. With a current staffing of over 100 professional managers, engineers, architects and technicians. SSFM provides professional services for program development, project management, civil engineering, structural engineering, planning, knowledge-based systems, and construction management assignments in the State of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Region. In addition to the headquarters office in Honolulu, SSFM has offices on the islands of Hawaiʻi, Maui and Kauaʻi, as well as in Saipan (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), Manila (Republic of the Philippines), and Guam.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering has launched thousands of successful careers in Hawaiʻi and throughout the world. Graduates occupy key roles with engineering firms, government agencies, defense contractors, and as entrepreneurs. Many of its 9,000 alumni have made significant engineering contributions to the state‘s infrastructure and are now set on accomplishing similar tasks abroad. The college‘s respect for the Hawaiian culture is reflected in its successful mentoring program for under-represented science and engineering students. As the college celebrates 100 years of engineering education at Mānoa, it is focused on becoming a major contributor to Hawaiʻi‘s renewable energy and sustainable future.