MS Nursing Program
by Kalamalama staff
HPU bestowed its highest honor, the Fellow of
the Pacific Award, on Honolulu philanthropist Jessie Cheng,
for her dedication over the past 10 years in helping students
achieve their educational goals. Cheng was recognized for
her efforts at HPUs 19th Annual Honors Banquet, held
April 8 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel.
Through the Jessie Cheng Scholarships, Cheng
provides assistance to students of Chinese ancestry who have
achieved academic excellence and demonstrated financial need.
Each year, 10 students are awarded $1,000 tuition waivers.
To date, she has assisted 72 HPU students with their tuition.
Helping students has been a lifelong mission
for Cheng, who believes it is important to help students reach
their educational potential. She takes a personal interest
in scholarship recipients and makes time each year to meet
with students on campus. Her message to them is simple: Help
others in need and pass on the tradition of giving.
Cheng, originally from Shanghai, lived in Hong
Kong and Paris before coming to Hawaii 23 years ago.
Past recipients of the Fellow of the Pacific
award have included governors and U.S. senators, business
leaders, educators, philanthropists, and noted professionals
in a host of fields.