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The Royal Sala Thai Scholarship Fund

Students relaxing in the new sala, 2007.

The Mutually Beneficial EWC-Thai Legacy

 

Since the founding of the East-West Center (EWC) in 1960, Thai citizens have received 3,174 EWC Awards, including Student Scholarships (346), Visiting Fellowships (166), and Professional Associate Awards (2,555).  These Thai nationals, side by side with other Asian nationals and Americans, have participated in the Center’s core educational programs and in collaborative projects throughout the region, sharing dialogue and discussion on critical issues of common concern.

The EWC continues to pursue its founding vision: “to promote mutual understanding and cooperation among the governments and peoples of the Asia Pacific region and the United States” through its mission of contributing to a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community.

The East-West Center continues to be very active in Thailand through:

 

  • Scholarship awards, including 19 to Thai students in 2006.

 

  • Collaborative projects on HIV/AIDS, environmental protection, disaster mitigation and prevention, post-tsunami restoration, understanding Muslim minorities, transformations in higher education, and best practices in teaching.

 

On March 1, 2008,  EWC is planning for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to dedicate the beautiful, new Royal Thai Sala, which once again sits peacefully under a sprawling banyan tree adjacent to EWC’s Jefferson Hall, designed by internationally-renowned architect I.M. Pei. Over the years, Thai students and many others from around the world have enjoyed special moments in and around the Royal Thai Sala, where they have developed lifelong international friendships.

Their Majesties, the King and Queen of Thailand, with East-West Center students, June 6, 1967.

In recognition of the importance of the EWC to U.S.-Thai relations, Their Majesties King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit gifted the East-West Center with a Royal Sala, which they dedicated in person 40 years ago. Since then, it has remained the only Sala outside Thailand personally dedicated by the King. Last year, EWC and the Royal Thai Government worked together to restore the Sala , which was reconstructed on the grounds of the Royal Palace in Bangkok under the auspices of His Royal Majesty, and assembled on the EWC campus by a crew of traditional artisans from Thailand.

 

 

East-West Center President Charles E. Morrison speaking at the opening festivities for the Center's art exhibit, "Sala: Gem of Thai Architecture," March 2007.

Establishment of The Royal Sala Thai Scholarship Fund

 

To commemorate the dedication of the new Royal Thai Sala, and in recognition of the importance of leadership to the future of the Asia Pacific region, the East-West Center and EWC alumni propose to establish The Royal Sala Thai Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund will make it possible for students from Thailand to participate in EWC educational programs as degree fellows and in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program. Although fellowships offered through the EWC provide substantial financial assistance, many qualified Thai students do not have sufficient resources to cover the travel or living costs required beyond the basic fellowship award. 

 

Recognition of Donors

 

Donors to The Royal Sala Thai Scholarship Fund will be:

 

  • Recognized at the 2008 East West Center Annual Dinner honoring King Bhumibol Adulyadej with the EWC Asia Pacific Community Building Award.

 

 

  • Listed on the large donor wall prominently located in the entrance lobby of John A. Burns Hall (for contributions of U.S. $1,000 and above).

 

  • Listed on a special sign on the grounds of the East-West Center near the Royal Sala (for donors of any amount before a specified cut-off date.)

 

  • Named in a special story about this first Thai endowed scholarship in the “EWC Observer” and the EWC Annual Report, both in hard copy and soft copy on the EWC website.

 

  • Named in the award agreement(s) given to student(s) awarded the scholarship each year.

 

  • Included in the East-West Center Annual Report donor lists.

 

To make a donation to The Royal Sala Thai Scholarship Fund, go to  http://www.eastwestcenter.org/donatenow