Support Scholarships


Scholarships for Degree Students

The East-West Center (EWC) would like to make the Center's transformational educational programs accessible to students regardless of their economic situation. Because EWC scholarships provide only partial funding, additional financial aid is needed for qualified students. By establishing a scholarship at the EWC, you will provide more opportunities for  qualified students and participants from the Asia Pacific region and the United States to participate in our programs each year. 

Thanks for the generosity of alumni and community donors, 137 participants from 25 countries whose own financial resources were limited have been able to participate in EWC education programs. 

East-West Center Association (EWCA) Alumni Scholarship Fund

Gifts to this fund are available for immediate use. In addition to the demanding criteria for all scholarship awards, evidence of a strong commitment to community service and involvment with EWCA makes a student eligible to apply for the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Alumni Endowment Fund for Student Scholarships

The principal of the fund is invested to produce income, which is used to fund scholarships. The principal remains untouched, so the endowment can last into perpetuity, helping generations of students into the future. Contributions can be made in the form of cash, bequest/trust, appreciated securities, or life insurance.

Honor Someone, and Help Fund Scholarships

The East-West Center's Wall of Honor provides an opportunity to recognize individuals (past and present) who have been important to the Center and in the lives of others, and at the same time, help fund the Alumni Endowment Fund for Student Scholarships.

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An initial gift (or gifts) designates someone as an honoree. Honorees for whom gifts reach $1,000 or more are featured on the Burns Hall Wall of Honor (a digital display) with a photograph and a short biography. What does it take to "make a difference at the Center or in the lives of others?" Judging from the many honorees, the single most important criterion is a love for the Center and its values. 

Whether you would like to start a fund or contribute to an existing fund, click here to make a donation online.

Scholarships for Participants

The Center's Professional Development Programs conducts all of the East-West Center's short to medium-term capacity-building, leadership training, professional exchanges, career development, and high-level dialogue activities. Scholarship funds for these programs can be selected from the gift designation menu at Donate Now.

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Create Your Own Fund (link)


With a gift of $25,000, you can establish an annual scholarship; with $50,000, you can establish an endowed scholarship. One example:

George R. Ariyoshi Fund
This fund honoring America's first governor of Japanese ancestry was established through generous grants from the Hawai'i Pacific Rim Society. The George R. Ariyoshi Fund provides financial support to degree students who need additional assistance with airfare, housing, or living expenses. 

For more information:

Jen Leger, Development Specialist
Phone: 808.944.7105
Email: [email protected]

Help Build an Existing Fund


Many donors contribute to funds already established, typically to honor the original donor who created the fund or in the name of someone else who is being honored. A complete list of these funds at the Center is available here. When you go to the Donate Now page you can designate one of the funds in the drop-down menu or you can write in your selected fund in the "Other" field.