Barbara and Robert Arthurs establish three scholarships for UH Hilo & Hawai‘i CC students

The endowments build on Barbara Arthurs’s significant philanthropic and educational contributions to the Hawai‘i Island community.

Arthurs in lei with Chancellor Joni Onishi
(l-r) Robert Arthurs, Joni Onishi and Barbara Arthurs.

Three endowments have been established by Barbara and Robert Arthurs to fund scholarships at Hawai‘i Community College and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Barbara Arthurs was a longtime Hawai‘i CC administrator and Robert Arthurs was a consul and first secretary with the U.S. Department of State. The couple has pledged $127,000 to establish the endowments.

The endowments build on Barbara Arthurs’s significant philanthropic and educational contributions to the Hawai‘i Island community. She served the UH System for more than 20 years as a counselor, acting dean of student services, head counselor and most recently as the vice chancellor for student affairs at Hawai‘i Community College.

“Dr. Barbara Arthurs had a positive impact on so many students, faculty and staff during her decades of service at Hawai‘i Community College and UH Hilo,” says Joni Onishi, interim chancellor at Hawai‘i CC. “These endowed scholarships ensure that her positive influence on students and our community will continue in perpetuity.”

A diligent and dedicated educator and administrator, Barbara Arthurs made it her life’s mission and work to improve the university’s educational system through student services. In recognition of her outstanding dedication, she received the 2010 Hawai‘i Community College Chancellor’s Award.

Robert Arthurs is currently a member of several fraternal and community organizations involved with volunteer work.

The three new endowed scholarships

  • Barbara Bongo Arthurs Scholarship Endowment at Hawai‘i CC: Established with $50,000 this endowment will provide scholarships to full-time undergraduate Hawai‘i CC students.
  • Barbara Bongo Arthurs Scholarship Endowment at UH Hilo: Established with $50,000, this endowment will provide scholarships to full-time undergraduate UH Hilo students who obtained a degree or certificate from Hawai‘i CC.
  • Lyman Squadron Civil Air Patrol Scholarship Endowment: Established with $27,000, this endowment will provide scholarships to full-time undergraduate students who were cadets in the civil air patrol and are pursuing a degree or certificate at any campus in the UH System, with preference to students who desire to pursue a career in aerospace or aviation.

Previously established scholarships

These new scholarships build on the impact the Arthurs are already making in the lives of UH students through four scholarships previously established. The Arthurs established two scholarships in honor of their children, both of whom are UH alumni; a scholarship at Honolulu Community College in memory of Barbara Arthurs’s brother who attended Honolulu CC; and a scholarship at Hawai‘i Community College in honor of family members who supported her academic success.

“Behind every scholarship is a person or family with a connection to the university and a desire to help our students,” says UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney. “I hope others in our university and island communities will be inspired by the Arthurs’ spirit of paying it forward and make an investment in the future of our island by funding scholarships such as these.”

 

-Media release