Community Partners

ARCS Foundation Honolulu welcomes the support of Hawai‘i corporations, philanthropists and community organizations who share ARCS Foundation’s commitment to advancing the nation's talent pool in science, engineering and health fields.

University of Hawai‘i Foundation

University of Hawaii Foundation torch logoEstablished in 1955 to encourage private support for the University of Hawaiʻi, the University of Hawai‘i’ Foundation is the central fund-raising organization for the UH System. It manages the ARCS Honolulu endowment and nine additional endowments that generate named ARCS Scholar Awards: Bretzlaff Foundation and Frederick M. Kresser (for engineering); Columbia Communications (for astronomy); Sarah Ann Martin (for natural sciences); Starbuck ARCS and Yates ARCS (for medicine); and George Orton and Mona Marie Elmore, H. Keith and Sue Ernst, and Helen Jones Farrar (undesignated).

Hawaii Community Foundation logoA century-old philanthropic organization, Hawai‘i Community Foundation manages two endowment funds providing annual payouts for ARCS Scholar Awards: the Maybelle F. Roth Award in Conservation Biology and Ellen M. Koenig awards.

Hawai‘i Academy of Science

Hawaii Academy of Science logoARCS Foundation Honolulu cross promotes public speaking events with Honolulu Science Cafe, a monthly program featuring speakers on a variety of scientific topics sponsored by the Hawai‘i Academy of Science.



Scholar Update: Marine Biologist Shayle Matsuda

Shayle Matsuda at ocean overlook“The increasing frequency and severity of global coral bleaching events, the devastation to reef ecosystems and the communities who rely on them led to my dedication to coral reef conservation.”

As a University of Hawai‘i at Manoa doctoral candidate, 2019 Honolulu ARCS Scholar Shayle Matsuda pioneered new molecular techniques to study symbioses between coral, algae and bacteria. He continues that work as part of an international coral reef restoration project under a 2021 David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship—a premier postdoctoral program in conservation science that supports early-career scientists and seeks solutions to the most pressing conservation challenges.

Dr. Mark Hixon on ARCS Scientist Honor

Dr. Mark Hixon, Photo by Chris Pala

"I am especially grateful that ARCS Honolulu appreciates the mentoring of graduate students, who are society’s future scientists during an era when science is increasingly under attack."

ARCS Honolulu Chapter named marine ecologist Dr. Mark Hixon its 2021 ARCS Scientist of the Year for his remarkable record of research, mentorship and public outreach. He is the Sidney and Erika Hsiao Endowed Chair in Marine Biology and chairs the Zoology Graduate Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Photo by Chris Pala