UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business Takes Home $3,000 in Scholarships for Citizen-Centric Report on Denver’s Financial Health

University of Houston scholars win first place in national government finance competition

A team of three students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business recently won a national government case challenge, earning each member a $1,000 scholarship award. The team, consisting of You-Fan Chai, Manying Huang, and Alaina Rhoades, dedicated several months to analyzing data for the city of Denver, Colorado, ultimately developing a “Citizen-Centric Report” for the location. The competition provided a valuable learning experience, pushing the students to challenge their skills in information gathering and analysis.

Under the guidance of UH Mānoa School of Accountancy Professor Jian Zhou and with support from Pamela Young from the National Association of Government Accountants (AGA) – Hawai’i Chapter, the team excelled in the competition. Utilizing tools like Canva and CapCut, they worked to make their report visually appealing. Chai emphasized that participating in competitions like this not just for the prize but for personal development through the learning experience.

The competition highlighted the significance of government accountability and transparency as it showcased how data can be transformed into information for citizens. It also promoted careers in government finance by demonstrating how knowledge gained from competitions can help shape policies that benefit citizens. This victory marks the third win in four years for a UH Mānoa team at either the graduate or undergraduate level, demonstrating the school’s excellence in case competitions. You can view their report on the competition website.

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