Fundraiser in Honor of Astronomer Passes Halfway Mark

September 27, 2018, 6:32 PM HST
* Updated September 28, 8:00 AM
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Paul Coleman. PC: University of Hawai‘i

The Paul H.I. Coleman Scholarship fund is now more than halfway to the goal of raising a $100,000 endowment to support local high school graduates who choose to study astronomy at University of Hawai‘i.

Initiated in July 2018 with a $35,000 founding gift from Newton and Roberta Chu, the fund has almost doubled with new gifts from Hilo businessman Barry Taniguchi and UH President David Lassner.

Coleman was the first Native Hawaiian to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy. When he returned home to Hawaiʻi, he became a model for many Native Hawaiian and local students, inspiring them as he generously shared his passion to seek answers to some of humankind’s fundamental question through the study of the heavens.

“Paul worked tirelessly to bring together the Native Hawaiian and astronomy communities,” added Taniguchi. “President Lassner and I are extremely grateful to Roberta and Newton for leading the way in honoring Paul with a scholarship in his name that will make a difference in our futures.”

The Chus, Lassner and Taniguchi urge others to help reach the goal of $100,000. To make a donation to the Paul H.I. Coleman Scholarship fund, visit the UH Foundation, or contact Carla Kuo at (808) 932-7696.


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