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John Isle: Giving back through a STEM scholarship in memory of his family

Jon Isle retired in 2012 as head of the Civilian Workforce Development Division at the Human Resources Office, Commander Navy Region Hawai‘i. “Although my political science degree from UH Mānoa had no direct bearing on my career in human resources,” he says, “it prepared me in other ways, such as being able to think and analyze critically, research issues, present arguments in an organized manner, and write reasonably well.”

Born and raised in Kilauea, Kaua‘i, Jon is a firm believer in public education, seeing a growing need for public support of the UH System. As an expression of gratitude and to honor the memories of his parents and brother, he has reserved a portion of his estate to create the Tully Jon Isle endowed scholarship for students majoring in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics at UH Mānoa.

He hopes this fund will attract more students to STEM fields and help ensure their success. He feels many students consider STEM to be too difficult or its tuition unaffordable. “Perhaps a few more would be willing to try STEM if they can get some tuition support,” he says.

Jon recommends reaching out to the Office of Estate and Gift Planning at the UH Foundation. “Have an in-depth discussion about what you want to do,” he says. “I found my conversations with them very helpful.”

With planned giving, you can provide long-lasing support for UH Mānoa College of Engineering and our future students, while also enjoying financial benefits. Our team can help you support your area of passion through wills, trusts and life income gifts.

For free confidential conversation and to learn more:


University of Hawai‘i Foundation
Office of Estate & Gift Planning

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