Mechanical Contractors Association donates $5,000 to student scholarships at UHMC
KAHULUI – The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) recently donated $5,000 to the scholarship fund at the University of Hawaii Maui College as part of its ongoing effort to give back to local communities and foster students’ pursuit of higher education.
The CEO of MCAA, John R. Gentille, was scouting for a location to host a group luncheon prior to MCAA’s Annual National Convention. One of the possible lunch venues was Leona Wilson’s burgeoning flower farm at the top of Wailuku Heights, where Wilson also offers small tours to showcase Native Hawaiian plants and varieties of local honey.
“Of course, I immediately thought we should see if the Maui Culinary Academy at U.H. Maui College could cater, and once we were on the topic, I mentioned what a great program it is, and how so many students struggle to earn enough to keep the lights on and get their education,” said Wilson.
“I didn’t think much about it afterwards and had no idea that they would make a donation so quickly, and for such a large amount. I’m thrilled.”
“Simply put, MCAA is a national trade association that greatly appreciates the value of education and training, and I was moved by Leona Wilson’s passion for providing educational opportunities for Maui’s young people. MCAA wanted to express that gratitude by supporting local students at U.H. Maui College,” Gentille said.
“Higher education is the infrastructure for building better lives, and we’re excited to play a part in that.”
The MCAA Annual Convention took place March 8-12 at the Grand Wailea and the Wailea Beach Marriott and featured speakers like Leon Panetta, “The Fault in Our Stars” author John Green and CBS Sportscaster James “JB” Brown. The convention drew over 2,500 attendees to Maui.
The check for $5,000 was presented to Chancellor Lui K. Hokana by Wilson on the MCAA’s behalf in early April.
To make a contribution to the Maui College scholarships, or learn how to create a scholarship in your name or a loved one’s name, contact the U.H. Foundation at UHMC at 984-3471 or Cordy.MacLaughlin@uhfoundation.org.