Hawaiian Airlines invests in Hawai’i’s future through a strategic partnership with Arizona State University (ASU). The collaboration saw its first fruits when two Native Hawaiian students were awarded $10,000 each as a part of the New Horizons Scholarship Fund.
Hauʻoli Kalipi from the Island of Hawai‘i and Preston Naʻalelalani Ponteras from Oʻahu are not just any students. They are bright minds enrolled in ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business’s Information Systems program. Their commendable academic achievements and contributions to the ASU community made them stand out and win this scholarship, paving their way toward promising careers in information technology.
Kalipi’s aspirations are clear. She wishes to use her skills to benefit Hawaiʻi businesses or delve into the exciting world of sports analytics. A proud representative of Native Hawaiian students, she currently juggles her time as an honors college student, a W.P. Carey Leadership Academy member, and a budding professional starting her journey as a data assistant.
On the other hand, Ponteras carries the pride and spirit of Hawaiʻi wherever he goes. Grateful for the recognition from Hawaiian Airlines, he is enthusiastic about his next journey back home on one of their flights.
Increasing Demand for Skilled IT Professionals
This partnership between Hawaiian Airlines and ASU signifies more than just scholarships. Establishing the New Horizons Scholarship in January, a $100,000 fund, will directly invest in Hawaiʻi’s students, encouraging them to pursue IT pathways. The larger vision? To cater to the increasing demand for skilled IT professionals across Hawaiʻi and within Hawaiian Airlines.
Matthew Chimbos, Managing Director of Information Technology at Hawaiian Airlines, was thrilled to meet these two shining stars in person. He sees a potential future where these students might join the Hawaiian Airlines team, making the scholarship investment worthwhile.
“ASU has been a great partner in providing impactful and relevant learning opportunities to Hawaiʻi students interested in the burgeoning IT sector, and I hope to see our scholarship recipients at Hawaiian Airlines in the future.”Matthew Chimbos, Managing Director of Information Technology, Hawaiian Airlines
ASU’s Department of Information Systems is Among the Top 20 in the US
With its growing student population averaging 143,000, ASU is home to 702 Hawaiʻi students. It’s worth noting that the W. P. Carey Department of Information Systems consistently secures a position among the top 20 in the US, developing professionals adept in information systems and data analytics.
Developing Talent in Hawai’i
Hawaiian’s commitment doesn’t end with ASU. They’ve also gifted $100,000 to the University of Hawaiʻi (UH), aiding students in various IT disciplines. Further, the airline’s innovative program with Honolulu Community College is a testament to its commitment to nurturing local talent. At the Community College, Hawaiian Airlines’ technical specialists teach classes for the school’s Aeronautics Maintenance Program. Hawaiian also joined UH’s IT/Cyber Leap-Start Experience Excellerator program. The airline offers on-the-job training to local students.
The partnership between Hawaiian Airlines and educational institutions promises a brighter future for Hawai‘i’s students. Investing in IT professionals is a wise and necessary strategy as the world becomes more digitally connected. These scholarships are just the beginning.