A birthday is one of the special days in one’s life. For her 80th birthday celebration, Ethel Alikpala Ward asked family and friends to donate to the EWC Wall of Honor in her name instead of giving her traditional birthday gifts. Thirty five persons sent over $2,000 for the Wall of Honor.
Ethel was one of the first 110 EWC grantees who arrived in January 1961 and met her husband-to-be, Jack, in her linguistics class. She said that her EWC grant was a life-changing experience “enhancing my understanding of and appreciation for the various cultures and people I came in contact with — truly realizing the goal of the Center’s ‘cultural and technical interchange between East and West’.”
Donations to the Wall of Honor go directly into the Alumni Endowment Fund for Student Scholarships. Since 2002, the EWC Association Alumni Scholarship Fund has supported scholarships for 100 participants from 19 countries.
Honor a special East-West Center person and help a new student embark on his or her EWC experience with your donation today.
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE LEADERS IN THE PHILIPPINES AND HAWAI‘I
Michael and Margie Berueda established the Michael and Margie Berueda Scholarships with an endowment gift of $50,000 to provide awards for Degree Fellows and Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellows from the Philippines or the state of Hawai‘i in the fields of healthcare or engineering. Michael is a registered land surveyor and Margie is a registered nurse (RN). They established Residential Choices, Inc., a healthcare case management agency that serves the elderly and the frail in a community-based setting.
Michael and Margie’s college experiences and hardships are some of the factors that contributed to their decision to create a scholarship fund to help qualified students in the pursuit of their dreams.
ASTON HOTELS & RESORTS PARTNERS WITH ARTS PROGRAM
Aston Hotels & Resorts will continue its partnership with the East-West Center by providing in-kind support to the Center’s Arts Program in 2015. The East-West Center is extremely grateful to Aston Hotels & Resorts for its generous support in helping to bring cultural artists and performers to Hawai‘i from throughout the Asia Pacific region.