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HPM Building Supply Foundation Pledges $100,000 in Scholarships

The HPM Foundation, the philanthropic arm of HPM Building Supply in Hawaii, has made a five-year pledge totaling $100,000 to the University of Hawaii Foundation to provide college scholarships to students enrolled at University of Hawaii (UH) campuses across the state.

“Higher education is a catalyst that helps individuals achieve their highest potential,” says Jason Fujimoto, president, CEO and fifth-generation leader of HPM Building Supply. “For the last 50 years, the HPM Foundation has awarded scholarships to students on Hawaii Island, where HPM has roots stretching back more than a century. Now, as a company that has been fortunate to grow across all islands, we are excited to support college students statewide in partnership with the UH Foundation through a new scholarship in honor of my grandfather, Bobby Fujimoto, and an expansion of our Building Future Builders scholarship for carpentry program students.”

Up to $20,000 will be awarded annually through two statewide scholarship opportunities: the Robert M. Fujimoto Memorial Scholarship and the Building Future Builders Scholarship. 

Established in honor of Robert “Bobby” M. Fujimoto, retired chairman, CEO and third-generation leader of HPM Building Supply who passed away in 2020, the Robert M. Fujimoto Memorial Scholarship assists undergraduate students enrolled at any UH System campus statewide with costs associated with attendance such as tuition, books and fees.

The Building Future Builders Scholarship assists students enrolled in the carpentry program at any UH Community College campus statewide with costs associated with their second year of program attendance, such as tuition, books and fees.

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About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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