Makana Aloha Foundation funds largest scholarship at UH Maui College

Maui College
Margot Schrire, (808) 956-6774
Dir of Communications
Posted: May 1, 2015

Jami Burks
Jami Burks

MAUI –The Makana Aloha Foundation has made a $10,000 gift to fund a scholarship for a full-time student pursuing an Associate of Arts degree in the Culinary Arts program at UH Maui College.  The award funds four semesters of tuition and fees, and will be awarded all at one time.  It is the largest scholarship gift at UH Maui College.

Jami Burks, president of the Makana Aloha Foundation said, “The Makana Aloha Foundation wanted to make an immediate and profound impact in the life of a culinary student.” Burks continued, “We decided to establish this two-year scholarship so that a talented culinary student can focus on school and successfully graduate without financial concerns. We are humbled to be able to provide the support students need to achieve their goals and dreams.”

UH Maui College Chancellor Lui Hokoana said, “Many students receive funding for their first year of school but not the subsequent ones, creating barriers to on-time graduation.  We are most grateful to the Makana Aloha Foundation for its generous and thoughtful support. This scholarship will make a big difference in the life of the scholarship recipient.”

To find out how you can support the students and programs at UH Maui College, please contact Cordy MacLaughlin at or 808-984-3471. You can also make a gift online at


The University of Hawai‘i Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawai‘i System. The mission of the University of Hawai‘i Foundation is to unite donors’ passions with the University of Hawai‘i’s aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawai‘i and our future generations.

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