Kahului – The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) recently donated $5,000 to the scholarship fund at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College as part of their 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 UH 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 UH Maui College,” said John R. Gentille. “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 8th – 12th at the Grand Wailea and the Wailea Beach Marriott and featured speakers like the Honorable 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.
“I really admire organizations that come to a community like Maui and feel a responsibility to support it on a deeper level. Their event boosted the economy by bringing an influx to local businesses, but they also left behind a gift that will help students reach their potential. Perhaps this donation will inspire more organizations to follow their example.”
The check for $5000 was presented to Chancellor Lui K. Hokana by Leona 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, or a loved one’s name, contact the UH Foundation at Maui College by phone at 808.984.3471 or email Cordy.MacLaughlin@uhfoundation.org.