History of Maui Nurses Scholarship Foundation

Maui Nurses began in 1987 with the donation of $2,000 by Dr. Roger Slater, Maui's first neurosurgeon. Dr. Slater approach Maui Community College Nursing Program to arrange advanced training in postoperative care for neurosurgical patients. Two Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC) Intensive Care nurses spent a week at Queens Hospital on Oahu working with nursing colleagues in Queens Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit.

Maui Nurses with a patientThe first Maui Nurses Scholarship Foundation Tennis Tournament was held in 1988. From that year on, the collaboration between the Hospital and the College has grown. The generous support of individuals, the Maui medical community and Maui businesses has provided advanced training for registered nurses and scholarships and other educational opportunities for student nurses.

Maui Nurses Scholarship Foundation (MNSF) became a 501 c 3 nonprofit in 1994. The MNSF Board is made of physicians, MMMC nurses, community members, and nursing faculty from University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC). The board meets once a month to plan event and discuss support for Maui's nurses. Hundreds of nurses, nursing students, and nursing faculty have benefited from the resources generated by the fund raising activities.

Over the years the fund raising activities included tennis tournaments, tennis and golf tournaments, golf tournaments, and more recently, gala dinners with auctions, dancing, and FUN.