Hawaii Business Students Win National Competition, Earn Scholarships

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 for the students, pushing them to challenge their skills in information gathering and analysis. To make their report visually appealing, the team utilized tools like Canva and CapCut. Chai emphasized the importance of participating in competitions like this not just for the prize but for personal development through the learning experience.

Hosted by the National Association of Government Accountants (AGA), the Government Finance Case Challenge highlighted the significance of government accountability and transparency. The competition showcased how data can be transformed into actionable information for citizens and promoted careers in government. Under the guidance of UH Mānoa School of Accountancy Professor Jian Zhou, the team excelled in the competition, with special thanks to Pamela Young from the AGA—Hawaiʻi Chapter for her support throughout their journey.

This victory marks the third win in four years for a UH Mānoa team at either

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