(L to R) Trudy Schandler-Wong, Toufiq Siddiqi, Ulrike Siddiqi, Mary Hammond, Alvin Wong

Providing quality educational training for a region destined for global leadership is a critical function for the East-West Center.  On April 22, 2015, seventeen members of the 50th Founders Society attended a special luncheon where East-West Center participants shared how scholarship gifts made an impact on their lives.  The 50th Founders Society honors and permanently recognizes donors who have contributed $50,000 or more to the Center since its founding in 1960.

(L to R) Uyen Vu, Elisia Flores, Eddie Flores, Jr., Charles Morrison

Uyen Thi Minh Vu (Vietnam), doctoral student in educational psychology, said that “time and financial support are extremely important for students.”  The Richard H. and Hester V. Cox Fellowship helped her purchase statistic software and books and allowed her time to engage with the EWC community.


(L to R) Barbara Smith, Ivee Cruz, Derek Norris, Karen Knudsen, Gulab Watumull, Indru Watumull

At the University Laboratory School, College and Career Counselor and Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) alumna Ivee Cruz developed a course on Global Leadership to encourage her students to become knowledgeable about the world and become global citizens.  “It is through your generosity that such important programs exist, which no dollar amount can truly measure, because the reach is so vast and the impact lasts a lifetime.”

(L to R) Seola Kim, Charles Salmon, Jr., Thanh-Lo Sananikone, Sumi Makey

After APLP, Sharanya Dilip (India) wants to design technologically innovative education models to increase access to education and reduce socioeconomic inequalities in India and other Asian nations.  The Jhamandas Watumull Fund scholar said, “Thank you all for being part of my journey.  This is just the beginning.”

The program concluded with Seola Kim (Korea), doctoral student in music and Sumi Makey Scholars Award in Arts & Humanities recipient, playing a beautiful song on the ajeng, a Korean instrument.

Seola Kim playing the ajeng