In spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused BYU–Hawaii to close its campus and send students home. This was particularly troubling for many of our IWORK students who couldn’t afford to travel and who relied on local jobs for their daily needs and to help fund their education. To aid these students, the university paid their airfare and temporarily waived their contributions to their education.
This left a large shortfall in IWORK program funding. Fortunately, donors like you rallied together to help support our students, lifting the university to more than 150 percent of its fundraising goal. We are humbled and grateful for your incredible generosity and the love you have for our students. Their success is your legacy. Mahalo nui loa for your support.
Fundraising by Priority
*Including the Center for Hospitality and Tourism, internships and career networking, and the Mark and Laura Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship
Note: These figures do not include donations to the Polynesian Cultural Center, which is no longer an active fundraising priority.
Donors Sustain IWORK
The IWORK program continues to be BYU–Hawaii’s top fundraising priority. The program is essential to the university’s multicultural character, international mission, and prophetic purpose.
Thanks to donors like you, BYU–Hawaii has sustained a dramatic rise in the number of IWORK students over the years. These are students with able minds, loving hearts, and ambitious spirits who just need a little assistance and a BYU–Hawaii education to realize their tremendous potential. Many of them come from underprivileged households, are among the first in their family to attend college, or are converts to the Church. All of them come with a desire to learn and to serve.