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$200K gift establishes UH Manoa scholarship

Eric Wong, attorney; Virginia Hinshaw, Chancellor, UH Manoa; Dr. James Brandon, friend & colleague of Dr. Timothy Manley; Nancy Manley; Dr. Edward Silver, physician; Donna Vuchinich, President & CEO, UH Foundation and Arnold Morgado, financial advisor. (Photo courtesy of University of Hawaii Foundation)


To ensure Hawaii high school students have the opportunity to attend college, Nancy C. Manley pledged $200,000 to establish the Timothy M. and Nancy C. Manley Chancellor’s Achievement Endowed Scholarship.

In the 1940s, Nancy wanted to go to college but did not have the financial means. It was a difficult and painful experience for Nancy, one that she could never forget. For that reason, and to honor her brilliant and beloved husband, she wants to help extremely bright and motivated students who need assistance and will benefit from this scholarship.

The purpose of this fund is to recruit high-achieving Hawaii high school graduates to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa, supporting them through up to four consecutive years. These funds will go toward tuition, books, fees and other costs associated with the student’s attendance.

Recipients may also be offered an automatic invitation to join the UH Manoa Honors Program, which provides opportunities for talented and motivated undergraduates to excel in their academic studies.

“How wonderful, especially during these tough times, to provide opportunities for Hawaii’s top high school students to pursue their academic dreams here at home. We’re grateful to Nancy Manley for creating a scholarship that helps Hawaii students do just that,” said Virginia Hinshaw, UH Manoa Chancellor.

Nancy and her husband Timothy, who passed away in 2003, led an exciting life together. Nancy was a devoted wife who enjoyed the freedom to travel around the world with Timothy, a loving, brilliant and accomplished man. He was a marine during WWII as a second lieutenant and later worked for the U.S. State Department as a foreign services officer. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. from UH Manoa in languages, linguistics and literature. He spoke several languages. Timothy later attended law school at night obtaining his degree from Cleveland Marshall Law School in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Timothy M. and Nancy C. Manley Chancellor’s Achievement Endowed Scholarship is also intended to complement and enhance the UH Manoa Chancellor’s Scholarships, geared to providing financial support for academically accomplished Hawaii students.

“We appreciate Nancy Manley’s generous commitment to UH students. The UH Foundation distributes more than $8 million in scholarships to students across the UH system each year, and we are working to raise even more funds for this purpose to assure Hawaii’s students have the opportunities that they deserve,” said Donna Vuchinich, UHF President & CEO.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa serves approximately 20,000 students pursuing more than 225 different degrees. Coming from every Hawaiian island, every state in the nation, and more than 100 countries, UH Manoa students matriculate in an enriching environment for the global exchange of ideas. For more information, visit

The University of Hawaii Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawaii System. Our mission is to unite our donors’ passions with the University of Hawaii’s aspirations to benefit the people of Hawaii and beyond. We do this by raising private philanthropic support, managing private investments and nurturing donor and alumni relationships.

For more information about UHF scholarships, contact Director of Scholarship Development Malia Peters at 956-6311 or

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