Student/Participant Connection

The EWCA provides a variety of services and support for current EWC student and leadership participants, including scholarships, recruiting, mentoring, networking, and travel grants.

Scholarships - Through its alumni fundraising efforts, the EWCA provides scholarships to qualified participants who could not otherwise afford to participate in the Center's student and leadership programs.

Recruiting - Individual alumni as well as chapters support the East-West Center's efforts to involve well-qualified participants in its programs by helping to identify them, encouraging them to apply, spreading the word about the Center to them, and organizing predeparture send-offs for new participants preparing to come to the Center.

Mentoring - The EWCA Mentoring Program was initiated by an Alumni group in 1997 and officially adopted by the EWC Alumni Office in 1998. This Program is voluntary for both mentors and mentees and provides an excellent opportunity for EWC participants to link with local alumni and other professionals to work towards strengthening their career interests. The mentoring experience allows the participant to observe and apply leadership, organizational, and communication skills in a multicultural environment. Mentors are EWC alumni, Honolulu-based professionals, and/or community leaders who volunteer their time and expertise to meet with the mentees.

Networking - Alumni volunteers throughout the region help traveling participants by providing local hospitality, introducing them to professional organizations, welcoming them to local EWCA chapters, providing them with advice to assist them in adjusting to new locations, and helping them locate internships.

Travel Grants - The EWCA provides travel grants for student participants to make presentations at professional conferences, to accept internships away from the Center, and to carry out field research required to complete their degree requirements.