UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business Students Take Home $3,000 in Scholarships after Winning National Government Finance Case Competition

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

A team of three University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business students 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.

Under the guidance of UH Mānoa School of Accountancy Professor Jian Zhou, the team excelled in the competition and utilized tools like Canva and CapCut to make their report visually appealing. Chai emphasized the importance of participating in competitions like this not just for the prize but for personal development through the learning experience.

The Government Finance Case Challenge hosted by the National Association of Government Accountants (AGA) highlighted the significance of government accountability and transparency. The competition showcased how data can be transformed into information for citizens and promoted careers in government. Judges evaluated submissions and finalists presented their findings in a video that mimicked a mock government meeting.

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 the UH Mānoa team’s report on the competition website.

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