Scholarship honors retired Sailor and HPU student

Hawaii Pacific University Public Affairs

The David Tyner Memorial Scholarship for Diplomacy and Military Studies has been established, honoring a retired U.S. Navy command master chief and Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) graduate student. Tyner died March 31, following a multi-car accident.

The Waipahu resident served 29 years in the Navy and retired in 2007. He was an engineering technician at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and was working on his M.A.D.M.S. degree at HPU.

“He rarely went anywhere without a textbook,” recalled his wife Mary Langston Tyner. He was two classes short of completing his degree, which was conferred posthumously.

Tyner is remembered for being passionate about his studies and encouraging others to succeed.

“You need to plan for your future,” Tyner told Sailors at a master chief’s corner at Naval Security Group Activity Kunia in 2004. “If you have not thought about what you want to accomplish with your career or in life, it’s harder to excel. Sit down, set goals, write them down and refer back to them periodically.”

Mary said her husband “enjoyed mentoring others and believed it was his responsibility to help. I am grateful that others will benefit from David’s legacy, and hope that this scholarship will empower future graduates to have a positive impact on our world,” she said.

Donations are still being accepted for the scholarship, which will assist graduate students pursuing an master of arts degree in diplomacy and military studies at HPU. It will be a $2,500, two-year tuition award.

For more information about the David Tyner Memorial Scholarship for Diplomacy and Military Studies, contact Margi Ulveling, associate vice president, institutional advancement, at 544-0273 or email

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