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UH-MC receives $1M for Kaihuwa‘a

University of Hawaii Maui College received a $1 million award for its Project Kaihuwa’a, a program aimed at increasing academic success for low-income, talented students and improving overall retention, graduation and transfer rates.

Given by the National Science Foundation, the Maui award is part of $420 million in extramural funding for University of Hawaii community colleges and four-year campuses in fiscal year 2019. Extramural funding is external investments from governmental agencies, industries and nonprofits that support research and training activities by university faculty and staff that benefit students and the institution.

The total amount topped $400 million for the first time in four years and was an increase of 9.2 percent over last year’s extramural funding for the UH system a news release said.