FilGrad graduation


12:00am–11:59pm, Tue Nov 30, 2021

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Niki Libarios

On November 30, 2021, the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation will be featuring the College of Education Dr. Niki Libarios #BeKindToAStudent Scholarship.

Along with serving as a co-founder of the Tinalak Filipino Education Council and director of the college’s Office of Student Academic Services, Dr. Libarios was a former academic advisor, community college counselor, and elementary school teacher.

Dr. Libarios’s research interests centered on Filipino recruitment, persistence, and community college transfer in higher education. In all of his work, he lived by the motto #BeKindToAStudent. Having been a community college transfer student himself, he believed in paying it forward through kindness and empowerment.

Your gift to the Dr. Niki Libarios #BeKindToAStudent Scholarship will assist UHM COE undergraduate and graduate students who are committed to serving the Filipino community.


Niki (UHM COE ’91) was a kind teacher whether he was teaching at an elementary school or teaching cadets in the Youth Challenge program. Niki comes from a long line of educators and his values and passion run deep for students who want to become teachers. Please know that when you give to the Dr. Niki Libarios #BeKindToAStudent Scholarship, you too are being kind to students!

Gratefully yours,
Laurie (wife of Niki) and daughters Joy & Faith Libarios

Here is what some of the 2021-2022 #BeKindToAStudent Scholarship recipients had to say:

“It is an honor to receive this award knowing that [Dr. Libarios] touched hearts and changed lives as he served his community. As an aspiring educator, my hope is to go beyond the curriculum and inspire young learners to be kind to one another no matter their circumstances.” –Tiffany Banggo, BEd in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education Student”

This award means that I have a responsibility to pay it forward to be instrumental like the many teachers, educators, mentors, and ancestors that have guided me in my life and my academic journey to get to the point where I am today.” – Shannon Cristobal, PhD in Educational Foundations Student

“Dr. Libarios was my academic advisor when I entered the COE and was transitioning from a seven-year career as a civil and environmental engineer into education. He instilled in me a responsibility to inspire other Filipino educators, and I will work to continue his legacy through my research that is made possible with this award.” – Phillippe Fernandez-Brennan, PhD in Curriculum Studies Student

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