Clifford and Blanche Hee Endowed Scholarship in honor of Thomas and Michael Hee


This endowment is established by Clifford and Blanche Hee to honor the lives of their two sons Michael Wah Chong Hee and Thomas Wah Sung Hee. Clifford graduated from Saint Louis High School and served in the US Army as a Federal Aviation Administration Electronics Technician. He grew up experiencing the hardships of the Great Depression. Blanche emigrated from China as a young girl after losing her mother and worked at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in the Facilities department.


Michael Wah Chong Hee (December 15, 1953 - May 4, 1959) succumbed early to the complications associated with Hemophilia. He was taken too soon but certainly not forgotten.

Thomas Wah Sung Hee (February 9, 1955 - Sept. 3, 1998) also succumbed to the effects of Hemophilia but not before making his mark as a good son, friend, and coworker. An accomplished banking professional, computer expert, and community-minded volunteer. A man not soon forgotten.

After completing years at Washington Intermediate and Kaimuki High School, Thomas enrolled at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Shidler College of Business as an Accounting and Management Information Systems double major. While at Shidler, he co-founded the Management Information Systems (MIS) Club and was honored at Business Night as an Outstanding Student. He called First Hawaiian Bank (FHB) home for over 20 years and excelled as the Vice President in the Controller’s Division. For FHB, he installed the initial PC network and CD Server Bank as well as developed systems for budget planning, reconciliation, and timesheets. Moreover, he provided on call support for all divisions; he was highly regarded as a “can do” employee with an infectious and positive attitude.

Thomas did not let his condition define him and he was selfless and tireless in his volunteerism. He was President of the Ala Moana Jaycees, served as the MIS Director for the Honolulu Marathon Association, and volunteered for the Hemophilia Foundation.

Thomas also was the founder and co-owner of Star Computer.
Description:  The purpose of this Fund is to provide scholarship support to students pursuing a degree or certificate in any area of study at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Shidler College of Business. Funds shall be used for costs associated with attendance (e.g. tuition, books, fees, etc.).
Level:  Undergraduate or Graduate.
High School:  preference given to students who graduated from a Hawai'i high school.
Residency:  Preference shall be given to students who are U. S. citizens or residents of Hawai'i.
GPA:  Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
Enrollment Status:  Full-time or Part-time.
Contact Person:  Office of Student Academic Services
Contact Department:  Shidler College of Business
Contact Address:  2404 Maile Way, BusAd B101
Honolulu, HI 96822
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Contact Phone:  808-956-8215
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