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Hawaii Companies and Organizations Continue to Fund Student Awards at Business Night During COVID-19 Crisis


Dolly Omi
Shidler College of Business 
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HONOLULU – Through the generous support of title sponsor First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH), media sponsor Hawaii Business and the Hawai‘i’s business community, Business Night, the college’s premier student event is now featured online.

Starting today, Business Night can be viewed online. The site features pre-recorded video speeches from Vance Roley, dean of the Shidler College of Business, Jeff Shonka, president and CEO of FICOH, Julie Arigo, general manager of Halepuna Waikiki and Kelly Zheng, undergraduate student and executive director of Business Night. The site also highlights student award winners and testimonials.

“With difficult challenges ahead for many businesses, we were thrilled by the number of companies that agreed to continue their award sponsorship and honor deserving students during this unprecedented crisis,” said Roley. “We are extremely appreciative for their support and grateful to First Insurance for continuing their title sponsorship despite the cancellation of the in-person event.”

This year, through the generous support from Hawai‘i companies and organizations, the college awarded 48 Business Night awards to top undergraduate and graduate business students totaling $87,000.

“Thank you to all the businesses who joined First Insurance in recognizing Shidler College’s best and brightest, and congratulations to the student awardees,” said Shonka. “We look forward to seeing what you’ll accomplish next.”

About Business Night

For nearly 60 years, Business Night has successfully helped students gain internship, job and mentorship opportunities. The goal of Business Night is to give students an opportunity to gain confidence as they enter the workplace through an evening of sharing and networking with professionals. Nearly 50 awards are presented to top undergraduate and graduate business students. The student awards are donated by companies, organizations, and individuals.

For the past 14 years, First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has served as the title sponsor for Business Night. With their support, over 300 students are able to attend Business Night at a minimum cost each year.