Anonymous donor endows $3M scholarships at UH Hilo, including 1st within UH System for LGBTQ+ students

The Kruschel LGBTQ+ Endowed Scholarship for students who identify as LGBTQ+ is a first for the UH System and UH Hilo, which is one of the most diverse universities in the nation.


An anonymous donor recently gifted the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo the largest scholarship endowment in the history of the school. The $3 million gift will provide three new scholarships for students at UH Hilo, including the first-ever endowed scholarship within the UH System that specifically supports students in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.

“It’s exciting to see these students celebrated and supported with scholarships that will open new opportunities for them,” says UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin. “Our university is stronger when all students have the tools and the resources they need to reach their full potential.”

The Kruschel LGBTQ+ Endowed Scholarship for students who identify as LGBTQ+ is a first for the UH System and UH Hilo, which is one of the most diverse universities in the nation.

The Kruschel First-Generation Endowed Scholarship gives preference to students who are the first in their families to attend college, while the Kruschel Endowed Scholarship is open to all full-time undergraduates or graduate students who graduated from a Hawaiʻi Island high school.

The scholarships cover costs associated with attending school and have no limitations on what recipients may study, only that they be enrolled full-time to pursue a degree at UH Hilo. Students will receive the funds starting with the 2022-23 school year.

Campus resources

LGBTQ+ logo, rainbow colors splashed onto a heart shape.UH Hilo offers an array of resources for its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA) students, including an LGBTQ+ Center and Pride Hilo, a registered independent student organization formed more than 30 years ago to nurture, educate and advocate for LGBTIQA issues on campus and in the community. Faculty and staff are also trained to provide safe zones for students, which raises awareness and encourages them to provide a comfortable place for LGBTQ+ students.