Make a Gift to the School of Life Sciences


Your gift in support of undergraduates will go directly to the Enrichment Fund. This fund helps support a combination of financial aid, career development, and student life initiatives.

The School of Life Sciences has scholarships to support undergraduates, including the Sister Frances Murphy Memorial Scholarship Fund, the E. Alison Kay Scholarship Fund, and the Agnes Kan Fok and Family Biology Scholarship.

The Enrichment fund also supports a variety of workshops for post-graduation and career development, such as resume, networking, and graduate/medical school workshops.

Every gift made to the Enrichment Fund – no matter the size – makes a difference to the students in the department.

Make a gift to the Enrichment Fund.

Tester Memorial Symposium

Contribute to the Albert L. Tester Memorial Fund of the University of Hawaii Foundation.   Learn more about the yearly Tester Memorial Symposium and how to donate to support this important event.


There are many ways to make an impact in UH Mānoa’s Department of School of Life Sciences for the benefit of students, faculty and programming excellence through an endowment, including Undergraduate Scholarships, Named Endowed Undergraduate Scholarships, and Distinguished Professorships.

Here are a few:

Annual Undergraduate Scholarship:  Gifts of $1500 or more can be designated for specifically for undergraduate biology scholarships.  Gifts received by calendar year end (December) are awarded to deserving students for the following academic year.

Named Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship:  Endowed at a minimum level of $35,000, these scholarships can be named after the donor or designee.  Endowed scholarships award annually in perpetuity.

Named Endowed Graduate Fellowship:  Endowed at a minimum level of $100,000, these fellowships can be named after the donor or designee. Endowed fellowships award annually in perpetuity.

Named endowed opportunities are also available for post-doctoral fellowships, faculty research funds, distinguished professorships and department chair.

Other opportunities to make a difference includes giving for specific needs of equipment, labs, and research projects.

Some examples of donation opportunities in the School of Life Sciences:

Marine Option Program

Funds donated here to the Marine Option Program will be used to set up a scholarship fund for M.O.P. students, to acquire equipment and supplies, and to support program activities (e.g., honoraria and travel funds for speakers).

Abbott Award for Graduate Research

Funds donated here will support and encourage graduate research excellence in the areas of Hawaiian ethnobotany and marine botany for graduate students enrolled in the Botany department at the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Funds may be used to grant awards directly to students for their academic and research excellence.

Maqsudul Alam Microbiology Research Award

Join friends, family and colleagues in honoring former UH Manoa Microbiology Chair Dr. Maqsudul Alam by making a gift to the Maqsudul Alam Graduate Research Award Fund. This fund will help graduate students in microbiology offset the costs associated with their research including travel, materials, equipment, and presentation speaking opportunities.

To explore these giving opportunities and others, please contact Karla Zarate-Ramirez, Executive Director for Development: 808.956.2906 or