University of Hawaii seeks funds for mental health, scholarships

University of Hawaii seeks funds for mental health, scholarships
Students walking on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. (Source: Hawaii News Now/file)

HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii is seeking additional funds for student mental health services, scholarships and other items.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported the Board of Regents approved the fiscal year 2020-2021 supplemental operating budget request of about $28 million Thursday.

The request will be submitted to the state Legislature and Democratic Gov. David Ige.

Officials say the university is seeking $2.6 million to hire 19 psychologists for the 10-campus system.

The mental health funding would also expand programs to prevent suicide, reduce mental health stigma, provide peer education, and alert new students and parents to college transition challenges.

The largest item in the supplemental budget is $17.7 million to expand the Hawaii Promise Program scholarship to four-year state institutions.

The budget request also covers various staffing increases.

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