First Hawaiian Awards First John K. Lee Jr. Scholarship to GCC Student James E. Pangelinan

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Guam –  First Hawaiian Bank has selected Guam Community College sophomore James E. Pangelinan as its first recipient of the $1500 First Hawaiian Bank John K. Lee, Jr. Scholarship, according to an announcement by Laura Dacanay, First Hawaiian Bank Guam and CNMI region manager.

First Hawaiian Bank contributed $25,000 to establish the John K. Lee, Jr./First Hawaiian Bank Scholarship Fund in November 2011 at Guam Community College (GCC) in memory of the late John K. Lee, Jr., former First Hawaiian Bank Guam and CNMI region manager, who was a strong supporter of Guam Community College for over 20 years.

The award was presented to James E. Pangelinan by Laura Dacanay, First Hawaiian Bank Guam and CNMI region manger, Edward G. Untalan, First Hawaiian Bank Maite Banking Center manager and GCC Board of Trustees, Mary A.Y. Okada, Ed.D, president and CEO of  GCC, Lorraine Okada chairperson of GCC Board of Governors and Lolita Reyes, GCC’s assistant director of Development and Alumni Relations at the Guam Community College’s 35th Anniversary Gala dinner held at the Hyatt Regency Guam. Also present at the presentation ceremony was the late John Lee’s wife Clare Lee and executives from First Hawaiian Bank.

Each semester, a $1500 John K. Lee, Jr./First Hawaiian Bank Scholarship is awarded to one full-time Guam Community College student based on their academic achievement, community service involvement, extracurricular activities and financial need. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, Guam Resident or FSM Citizen/Resident, enrolled full-time at Guam Community College, and have a 3.0 GPA. Applications for this scholarship are accepted in the GCC Financial Aid office.

John K. Lee, Jr., who passed away on October 5, 2011, had retired as senior vice president and regional manager of Guam and CNMI from First Hawaiian Bank in 2006 after a 48-year career with the bank. It was under his leadership that the bank was able to build a growing presence in the region. Today, First Hawaiian is the leading bank in Guam with the largest share of loans and deposits in the region. Lee was active in numerous philanthropic and professional organizations including the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America (Guam Chapter), Guam Visitors Bureau, Habitat for Humanity, Guam Humanities Council and the American Cancer Society. He was a strong advocate of education and served on the GCC
Foundation Board of Governors for over 20 years.

First Hawaiian Bank (www.fhb.com) with $16.1 billion in total assets was founded in Hawaii in 1858 and is the leading bank in Guam with the largest share of loans and deposits in the region. The bank operates 58 branches in Hawaii, three on Guam and two on Saipan.