Waiākea High grad is first beneficiary of scholarship personally awarded by UH Hilo finance professor

Scott Igawa, a graduate of Waiākea High School, is the first beneficiary of a unique scholarship awarded by Terrance Jalbert, professor of finance at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.    

Scott Igawa, a graduate of Waiākea High School, Hilo, is the first beneficiary of a unique scholarship awarded by Terrance Jalbert, professor of finance at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. The Jalbert Family Scholarship is promised to select young students, redeemable when they enroll at UH Hilo.

Terrance Jalbert
Terrance Jalbert

“The Jalbert Family Scholarship is a scholarship I originally created when [my students who were] parents would bring children to their class,” explains Jalbert. “And to give them something to do, I would have them draw me a picture. If they drew me a picture, I would give them a $50 scholarship to go to UH Hilo. I’ve probably done it with 70 or 80 students.”

But that’s not the only way Jalbert bestows the incentive. Igawa first met the finance professor at a local golf course, where the two struck up a conversation.

“He was just telling me about how he loves to give back to young students, encourage them to go to college,” says Igawa. “And that’s when he gave me the certificate and told me when I come to UH Hilo to come visit him and he’ll be able to give me the scholarship.”

Igawa is majoring in psychology.  “It’s a great psych program, which will help prepare me to become a counselor one day.”

 

Video produced by University Relations, UH Hilo.