Chaminade University, a federally designated Native Hawaiian serving institution, will receive $2 million from the U.S. Department of Education for the 2012 -2013 fiscal year to help improve access to higher education for low-income students. The grant is expected to continue for the two-year period October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2014 at a funding rate of $2 million per year for a total of $4 million.

“I could not be more pleased at the good news,” said Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, president of Chaminade University. “This grant will allow us to address some of the most pressing of our remaining deferred maintenance issues and greatly enhance the opportunities available to our pre-health and nursing students.”

The major portion of the funding, $3.55 million, will be used by Chaminade University for the renovation of Tredtin Hall (Summers 2013-14) and Hale Lokelani (Summer 2014).  Renovations   will include major upgrade to the plumbing and electrical service in Hale Lokelani as well as the addition of fire sprinkler systems in all three residence halls.  The remainder of the funding will be used to expand our efforts to provide rich co-curricular opportunities for our pre-health and nursing students. The grant funds about 40% of the Health Professions Advising Office and 100% of the planned renovations.

The money comes from Title III Native Hawaiian-Serving Institution grants created by the Higher Education Act of 1965. This program helps eligible institutions of higher education increase their self-sufficiency and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.

Chaminade University is a federally designated Title III Native Hawaiian Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education due to the fact that 13.5% of the student body are part Native Hawaiian. Also more than 97% of its day undergraduate students receive financial aid.

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 9681, which is its main campus. It also has nine satellite locations around Oahu. Chaminade University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and looks forward to increased opportunities to promote environmental sustainability. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711. ###

HONOLULU—September 5, 2012

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