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First Insurance Company Increases Its Scholarship Endowment At UH Shidler College of Business to $100,000

First Insurance Company of Hawai‘i (FICOH), the oldest and largest insurance company headquartered in Hawai‘i, has increased its scholarship endowment to $100,000 at the UH Manoa Shidler College of Business. Building on an initial endowment of $35,000 established in the spring of 2012, the First Insurance Company of Hawai‘i Endowed Scholarship for Excellence provides scholarships to two students enrolled at the College each year. The first two recipients were selected for the scholarship this past year.


Dolly Omiya
Shidler College of Business
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The scholarship is one in a series of gifts that FICOH has made to the College. In 2007, the company established a $1 million First Insurance Company Distinguished Professorship to recruit and retain faculty in the area of risk management. In addition, FICOH has been the title sponsor of Business Night for the past eight years.

“As a Hawai‘i company and employer, we feel it is imperative for us to invest in the people who will one day move our business community and State forward,” said Allen Uyeda, president and CEO of FICOH. “We are excited to enhance our support of Shidler students at a stage in their lives when they are gaining knowledge and forging relationships that will last them their entire careers.”

“FICOH is a great corporate partner. They support our students and the College in many different ways—through their professorship, title sponsorships, and now, scholarships,” said Vance Roley, dean of the Shidler College of Business. “Thanks to FICOH and the leadership of its president Allen Uyeda, our College will continue to attract promising business students and faculty for many years to come.”

University of Hawai‘i Foundation president and CEO Donna Vuchinich added, “We are so grateful to Allen and FICOH for their philanthropic generosity and leadership. Their continued support exemplifies the positive impact the private sector can make when partnering with our public university to enhance Hawai‘i’s students’ educational journey.”

For more than 100 years, FICOH has been serving the insurance needs of Hawai‘i’s families and businesses. A member of the Japan-based Tokio Marine Group, FICOH enjoys an “A+” rating from A.M. Best Company, whose ratings are widely recognized as a benchmark of an insurer’s financial strength.

Today, FICOH employs more than 300 insurance professionals and distributes its products through 29 independent general agencies. The company has claims personnel on O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui and Hawai‘i Island.

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 The Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

Established in 1949 as the College of Business Administration, the College was named in 2006 after alumnus Jay H. Shidler, founder and managing partner of The Shidler Group. The Shidler College of Business is renowned for its expertise in international management education and is consistently ranked among the nation's top 25 graduate schools for international business by U.S. News & World Report. Long recognized for its Asia-Pacific focus, the College is a professional school offering a wide variety of degree, certificate and executive programs. The UH Shidler College of Business is the only graduate program in the State of Hawai‘i accredited by AACSB International. For more information, visit

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