Leadership from our region will be essential to addressing virtually all of the world’s greatest challenges.  The East-West Center empowers people, especially young people, to better face and help find solutions to critical issues through their acquisition of skills, knowledge, and networks.        

Each year many qualified students need financial assistance in order to benefit from the Center’s educational programs.

  • Your gifts to the EWC Association Alumni Scholarship Fund have enabled 116 participants from 22 countries to train in education programs since 2002.
  • For a commitment of $25,000, you can create your own named scholarship fund.
  • Your gift of $50,000 will establish a permanent named endowment scholarship.

Through the generosity of the Center’s friends and alumni, these new scholarships were established to assist East-West Center students. 

Ronald J. Post and Gi Won Post Fellowships

Gi Won Post and Ronald Post

The Ronald J. Post and Gi Won Post Fellowships was established by Gi Won Post as a $50,000 Permanent Named Endowment at the East-West Center.  The fund will be used to provide awards for students with an intention of future involvement with public diplomacy or cross-cultural communications.

Ronald Post joined the Foreign Service in 1972 and served in Burma, Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Korea, Ivory Coast, Austria, Washington, DC, Hawai‘i and Tokyo.  After marrying Gi Won in 1973, they served at the U.S. Embassy in war-torn Laos until they were evacuated at gun-point in 1975.  Assignments in Korea, Japan, Austria, Thailand, Burma, Hawai‘i and the Philippines followed.  In addition to supporting Ron’s foreign service mission, Gi Won has worked in the U.S. Defense and Justice Departments, as an analyst at the International Atomic Energy Agency, as a Korean history lecturer at the University of Maryland, and as a consultant on cross-cultural perspectives and management training.  Mr. Post passed away on April 19, 2011. 

Richard Turbin and Rai Saint Chu Scholarships

Richard Turbin and Rai Saint Chu

East-West Center Board of Governors Chair Richard Turbin and his wife, Rai Saint Chu, have established the Richard Turbin and Rai Saint Chu Scholarships with a gift of $25,000 to provide awards to students who have an outstanding academic record and financial need with a preference for students from China.

Born in New York City, Mr. Turbin has been an attorney in Honolulu for over 37 years and is the founding attorney at the Turbin Chu Heidt law firm. A graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School, he has served as president of the Hawai‘i State Bar, chairman of the Wai‘alae-Kahala Neighborhood Board and the Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission. He has served on the EWC Board of Governors since 2011. 

Rai Saint Chu, born in China, grew up in South Carolina and Pennsylvania, and then attained a BA degree from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland Law School.  She is a partner at Turbin Chu Heidt law and was 2009 President of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, President of the Hawai‘i State Bar Foundation, 1978 Hawaii State Constitutional Convention elected delegate, and founder of Hawai‘i Women Lawyers.

Please help to secure educational opportunities at the East-West Center for the next generation of leaders.