SSFM International scholarships fund future outstanding engineers

University of Hawaiʻi
Margot Schrire, (808) 956-6774
Director of Communications, UH Foundation
Posted: Nov 9, 2011

SSFM International and UH representatives celebrate the company's scholarship pledge
SSFM International and UH representatives celebrate the company's scholarship pledge
HONOLULU - SSFM International, Inc. is supporting their employees' academic pursuits to become outstanding engineers in the community. With their recent $200,000 pledge, SSFM employees who are also full-time undergraduate students majoring in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Engineering can receive financial support from the SSFM International, Inc. Scholarship Fund.
These awards will help students with the costs of attending university including tuition, books, and fees.
“The recent support by SSFM underlines the important long-term partnership between the company and the College of Engineering," said Peter Crouch, dean of the UH Mānoa College of Engineering. "These scholarships will help students make the most of their time within the college as they prepare to fill positions in key companies like SSFM.
"We are grateful to SSFM for both the timing and size of the gift. It will assist the college in its goal of supporting the workforce needs of Hawai‘i. Today more than ever, the engineering and construction sectors are critically important in building and renewing the infrastructure needs of the community.”
SSFM International, Inc. is a Hawai‘i-based business with a long history of supporting the University of Hawai‘i. The company's lifetime support now totals $493,516.
"I am pleased that SSFM International Inc. is able to support the UH Mānoa College of Engineering and our future engineers in this important way," said Michael P. Matsumoto, president of SSFM International, Inc. "SSFM understands that scholarships play a key role in making education accessible for many promising future engineers. By partnering with UH, we can participate in the education of the next generation of engineers for our state."
For information about supporting the College of Engineering, contact Robert Saarnio at or (808) 956-2906. Gifts can also be made online at
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Engineering has launched thousands of successful careers in Hawai‘i 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 recently celebrated 100 years of engineering education at Mānoa, it is focused on becoming a major contributor to Hawai‘i’s renewable energy and sustainable future.
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa serves approximately 20,000 students pursuing more than 225 different degrees. Coming from every Hawaiian island, every state in the nation, and more than 100 countries, UH Mānoa students matriculate in an enriching environment for the global exchange of ideas. For more information, visit
The University of Hawai‘i Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawai‘i System. Its mission is to unite donors’ passions with the University of Hawai‘i’s aspirations to benefit the people of Hawai‘i and beyond. The Foundation does this by raising private philanthropic support, managing private investments and nurturing donor and alumni relationships.
SSFM International, Inc. offers world-class engineering resources specializing in program development and project management. The company performs professional engineering services for clients throughout the Asia-Pacific region. SSFM International is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawai‘i with strategically located regional offices in China, Manila, Guam and Saipan. The firm is highly regarded for its leadership in adapting cutting-edge engineering technology to best meet client needs. It provides civil engineering, structural engineering, planning, project management, construction management, environmental studies and EIS preparation solutions via a custom designed team-concept approach that gives it the ability to fully embrace assignments of any size and degree of complexity.