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EAST-WEST CENTER SCHOLARSHIPS (as of 6/1/18)

For a commitment of $25,000, you can create your own named annual scholarship fund.  Your gift of $50,000 will establish a permanent named endowment scholarship.

ENDOWMENTS

An endowed scholarship is a permanent fund and may be established with a portion of the annual investment return used for the scholarship fund.  A gift acceptance agreement will state the purpose of the scholarship and recipient criteria as agreed upon by the donor and the East-West Center.  For new scholarships, the scholarship must be fully endowed at the $50,000 level before awards are made.

Amy Agbayani Fellowships ($50,000 Endowment)
Amy Agbayani was an East-West Center grantee from 1964 to 1969.  She wanted to express her gratitude to the Center by establishing the Amy Agbayani Fellowships.  The fund will provide awards for students from the Philippines.  Over the years, Amy has been actively involved with the Center as past president of the EWC Association, presenter at international alumni conferences and providing mentors for EWC students. 

Faith C. Ai and Cynthia J.C. Ai Scholarship ($100,000+ Endowment)
Cynthia Ai established the Faith C. Ai and Cynthia J.C. Ai Scholarship to perpetuate the memory of her mother, Faith Ai, and to honor her life-long devotion to educating Hawai`i’s children.  It is as a Permanent Named Endowment to provide scholarships to students with a commitment to teaching from Asia, the United States, or from the Pacific Island nations.

Senen and Yolanda Bacani Fellowships ($50,000 Permanent Named Endowment)
Senen and Yolanda Bacani established the Senen and Yolanda Bacani Fellowships as to provide awards for Degree Fellows or APLP participants from the Philippines with preference for those who have an intention of future involvement in fields related to agriculture or other challenges of landscapes in transition, including:  study of land-use and land-cover change and impacts on land, livelihoods and environment; agrarian-urban transitions; and building capacities to manage protected areas. 

Michael and Margie Berueda Scholarships ($50,000 Endowment)
Michael and Margie Berueda established the Michael and Margie Berueda Scholarships for Degree Fellows or APLP participants from the Philippines or the state of Hawai‘i who express an intention of future involvement in the fields of healthcare or engineering.

Brara Brothers Fellowships ($50,000 Endowment)
Arvinder (Ari) and Jaswinder (Jay) Brara are brothers who were East-West Center grantees during the 1970s.  They established the Brara Brothers Fellowships to provide awards each year to Degree Fellows who have an outstanding academic record and financial need with a preference for students from India and the United States.  The two brothers and their families have instituted this fellowship in honor of their parents, Narindar and Satwant Brara.

Bryan Bushley Memorial Scholarship ($50,000 Endowment)
The Bryan Bushley Memorial Scholarship was established by his family to support Graduate Degree Fellows and Asia Pacific Leadership Program participants with a preference for those from Nepal or other students who are focusing on Nepal in their studies.  The scholarship could also be used to fund student travel grants for EWC student participants to: present a paper at a professional conference, for language study, conduct preliminary field study, or field research.  Bryan Bushley spent the last ten years affiliated with the East-West Center as a Graduate Degree Fellow and Student Affiliate while pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of Hawai‘i. Unfortunately, his life and his contributions were interrupted by an incurable brain tumor at about the same time that he completed his doctorate. Bryan died peacefully on June 7, 2015 surrounded by his loving family and relatives. This endowment scholarship has been created to support others in the continuation of his goals.

James Francis and Lorinda Chew Cheng Fellowship ($50,000 Endowment)
The James Francis and Lorinda Chew Cheng Fellowship was established to provide awards for Degree Fellows or APLP participants from China or Taiwan.

Uhn-Kyung Choi Scholarship ($65,000 Endowment)
“My dream has come true to return my thanks and debt to the East-West Center” said Dr. Uhn-Kyung Choi.  She established the Uhn-Kyung Choi Scholarship to provide awards to Degree Fellows from the U.S. with an interest in Korea.  As an East-West Center grantee, Dr. Choi graduated from the University of Hawai‘i with a Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) degree in 1966.  She served as a TESOL instructor with the Peace Corps in Korea and in Hilo, Hawai‘i and is now Professor Emeritus at Duksung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea.

The Amanda and Natalie Ellis Women Leaders Scholarship Award ($50,000 Endowment)
East-West Center alumnae Amanda Ellis established this scholarship endowment in honor of her mother, Natalie Ellis, who has made significant contributions to the education of young women for more than 50 years.  The scholarship aims to encourage young women leaders from Australia and New Zealand to study in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program.

Glenna Eshleman Scholarship ($100,000+ Endowment)
East-West Center alumnae Glenna Eshleman participated in the Summer Institute of Asia Studies in 1965.  She established her scholarship to support Degree Fellows and APLP Fellows who have an outstanding academic record and financial need with preference for those with an intention of future involvement in the field of education. 

EWCA Alumni Endowment Fund for Student Scholarships ($500,000+ Endowment)
The East-West Center Association (EWCA) began awarding Alumni Scholarships in 2002 to Degree Fellows based on academic excellence, financial need, leadership potential, and a strong commitment to community service and involvement with EWCA.  Thanks to the generosity of alumni and community donors, the EWC Association Alumni Scholarship Fund has enabled 137 students from 25 countries to participate in EWC education programs, regardless of their economic situation.

EWCA Okinawa Chapter Endowment Awards ($50,000+ Endowment)
The EWCA Okinawa Chapter established the first scholarship fund by an Alumni Chapter.  The EWCA Okinawa chapter Awards will be used to provide awards to deserving Degree Fellows or APLP participants from Okinawa.  Awards may also be used to fund student travel grants for research, conference papers, internships or summer institutes on a theme broadly related to Okinawa.

Eddie and Elaine Flores Endowed Scholarship Fund ($50,000+ Endowment)
Eddie Flores, president and CEO of L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, served on the East-West Center Board of Governors for eight years and currently serves on the EWC Foundation Board of Directors.  He established the Eddie and Elaine Flores Scholarship Fund to provide awards for Degree Fellows or APLP participants with a preference for those from the Philippines, China and Hawai‘i.

Mary Jo Rossi Furgal and Joseph Furgal Fellowships ($50,000 Endowment)
Mary Jo Rossi Furgal was an East West Center grantee in the Institute for Student Interchange from 1965 to 1968. After entering the USIA Foreign Service in 1978, she served in Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Romania and Zimbabwe and retired in 2003. Mary Jo Furgal wanted to express her gratitude to the East-West Center by establishing the Mary Jo Rossi Furgal and Joseph Furgal Fellowships.  The fund will provide awards for students from Japan and students from the United States studying some aspect of Japan.

Buddy and Melga Torre Gendrano Fellowships ($50,000 Endowment)
Buddy and Melga Gendrano established the Buddy and Melga Torre Gendrano Fellowships to assist Degree Fellows or APLP participants from the Philippines or Hawai‘i.  Preference will be given to those with a past record and intention of future involvement in the fields of education and/or agriculture. 

Syeda Tonima Hadi and Steve Lane Scholarship ($50,000 Endowment)
East-West Center alumnus Steve Lane established this scholarship endowment with Syeda Tonima Hadi with a bequest gift of $50,000 to assist students with a strong affinity to Bangladesh and/or an intent to contribute to development in Bangladesh or promotion of Bangladesh culture, society, and language around the world. Steve served as the host family for Dr. Hadi when she was an East-West Center degree fellow. She received her PhD in sociology and is now an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology both at Queen’s College and St. John’s University in New York.

Eleanor and Hermann Haus Fellowships ($50,000 Endowment)
Stephen Haus was impressed by the mission and programs of the East-West Center and established the Eleanor and Hermann Haus Fellowships in honor of his parents and his strong belief that students educated in sustainability will change their home countries and the world.   The fellowships provide awards each year for Degree Fellows and APLP participants (with preference for a qualified native Hawaiian student) who have an outstanding academic record and involvement in the fields of design, engineering or management, and commitment toward developing a better environment throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Paul S. Honda Fellowships ($500,000 Permanent Named Endowment)
The late Paul Honda established the Paul S. Honda Fellowships to fund awards for Degree Fellows or APLP participants from Hawai‘i with preference for those who have an intention of future involvement in international relations.

Harold and Constance Lane Memorial Scholarship ($50,000 Endowment)
Steve Lane established the Harold and Constance Lane Memorial Scholarship as a Permanent Named Endowment of the East-West Center with a bequest gift of $50,000 in honor of his parents, Harold and Constance Lane.  Awards will be given to Degree Fellows and APLP participants from annual donations and future income from the endowment.

Ted and Doris Lee Studies in Asia Endowed Fund ($100,000 Permanent Named Endowment)
Ted and Doris Lee are strong supporters of education.  The Ted and Doris Lee Studies in Asia Endowed Fund will enable American students to conduct field research or enroll in a language study program in Singapore.  After attending law school at University of California at Berkeley, Ted’s first trip to Asia was to study and teach at the University of Singapore law school.

Sumi Makey Scholars Awards ($100,000 Endowment)
Sumi Makey, former EWC Dean of Student Affairs and Open Grants, established the Sumi Makey Scholars Awards.  It is thanks in large part to Sumi’s leadership, that both the 60s and 70s alumni endowment campaigns generated such remarkable support from our alumni - many of whom still consider Sumi a good friend and mentor.  Her intent with the awards is to benefit worthy Degree candidates who have a background and interest in the arts and humanities, with a preference for women from S.E. Asia.

Ashok Kumar Malhotra Seva (Compassionate Service) Award ($50,000 Endowment)
A dedicated volunteer himself, 1960’s alumnus Ashok Malhotra created a fund to reward and encourage public service.  The Ashok Kumar Malhotra Seva (Compassionate Service) Award provides support each year to international students with a record of and intention to be involved in continuing community service in the Asia Pacific region. 

Matsuro and Tsuruko Nakasone Endowment Fund ($50,000 Endowment)
Robert T. Nakasone established the Matsuro and Tsuruko Nakasone Endowment Fund at the East-West Center to honor his late parents. The fund will help Obuchi and Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association (WUB) award recipients who may need assistance to enhance their grants for travel and educational expenses.

The OmniTrak Loui-Schmicker Scholar Awards ($50,000 Endowment)
The OmniTrak Loui-Schmicker Scholar Awards were established by Patricia Mei-Lin Loui-Schmicker, founder of OmniTrak Group, Inc. and former president of the East-West Center Alumni Association, in celebration of the company’s 25th anniversary.  Students are selected from among private sector leaders in Hawai’i, Thailand, China and Japan to participate in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program or Graduate Degree Program.

Jerry and Tsue Ostermann Scholarship ($50,000 Endowment)
Gerald A. Ostermann and Tsue Asami Ostermann exemplify the perfect union of two individuals from very different cultures who met at the East-West Center, fell in love, married, raised a family and built a life based on the values and understanding they experienced at the Center.  They established the Jerry and Tsue Ostermann Scholarship for awards to Degree Fellows because they want to give others the same opportunity to participate in the East-West Center experience.

Parvathy Menon-Mohan Fellowships ($50,000 Endowment)
Mohan Mohan and Parvathy (Paru) Menon-Mohan were student grantees in the Institute for Student Interchange (ISI) at the East-West Center from 1968 to 1970 where they met.  Paru passed away on June 10, 2013 after bravely fighting cancer for several years.  Mohan established the Parvathy Menon-Mohan Fellowships to provide annual awards for Degree Fellows or APLP participants from India with an intention of future involvement in the fields of science or education.

Ronald J. Post and Gi Won Post Fellowships ($50,000 Endowment)
Gi Won Post has established the Ronald J. Post and Gi Won Post Fellowships 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.  Mr. Post passed away on April 19, 2011. 

Jean E. Rolles Fellowships ($100,000 Endowment)
Jean Rolles, a former member of the EWC Board of Governors, now serves on the EWC Foundation Board of Directors.  She established the Jean E. Rolles Fellowships to provide annual awards to Degree Fellows and APLP participants who have a past record and intention of future involvement in the fields of environment, economics or the travel and hospitality industry. 

The Royal Sala Thai Scholarship Endowment Fund ($188,000 Endowment)
Recognizing the importance of leadership to the future of Thailand and the Asia Pacific region, a core group of Thai alumni and friends who cherish their memories of the EWC experience, decided to commemorate the visit of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and the dedication of the new Royal Sala Thai by forming a Committee to raise funds – primarily in Thailand – to create the Royal Sala Thai Scholarship Fund.   With the dedicated leadership of the five co-chairs, the committee raised funds to make it possible for Degree Fellows and APLP participants from Thailand to participate in EWC educational programs. 

Ambassador Charles B. Salmon, Jr. Scholarship ($50,000 Endowment)
Ambassador Charles B. Salmon, Jr., is an adjunct Senior Fellow at the East-West Center.  In 2014, he retired from the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies where he had been Foreign Policy Advisor and faculty member since 1996, the year he retired from the Foreign Service. Ambassador Salmon was Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command from June 1993 to 1996.  His prior assignment was Vientiane, Laos, where he was the American Ambassador.  His scholarship will provide awards for Degree Fellows or APLP participants who have an outstanding academic record, financial need, and with a strong affinity to Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar or the Philippines and an intention of future involvement in international relations, preferably with these countries’ governments.

Puongpun and Thanh-Lo Sananikone Scholarship ($50,000 Endowment)
Former chairman of the EWC Board of Governors Puongpun Sananikone and his wife Thanh-Lo created the Puongpun and Thanh-Lo Scholarship to assist Degree Fellows, Student Affiliates or APLP participants from Laos and Viet Nam, or of that heritage.

Haigo and Irene Shen Scholarship ($300,000 Permanent Named Endowment)
The Haigo and Irene Shen Scholarship was established as a Permanent Named Endowment of the East-West Center with a bequest gift of $300,000.  The fund will be used to provide awards for Chinese Graduate Degree students from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan at the master’s or doctoral level with preference for those in the fields of medicine, including public health, education, architecture, urban and regional planning, engineering, and to those committed to an academic teaching career. 

Toufiq and Ulrike Siddiqi Degree Scholars Awards ($100,000 Endowment)
A former staff member and his wife, a long-time volunteer at the EWC, wanted to help Degree Fellows from South Asia.  Toufiq and Ulrike Siddiqi designed the Toufiq and Ulrike Siddiqi Degree Scholars Awards to help Degree Fellows who need initial assistance with travel and other start-up costs to be able to take advantage of the EWC grants.  These awards are made annually for two to four Degree Fellows from South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). 

Larry E. Smith Scholarship ($50,000 Endowment)
During his decades as a staff member and in subsequent years as a key leader of the East-West Center support community, Larry Smith embodied the East-West Center spirit of warmth and humanitarianism.  The fund will provide awards for Degree Fellows and APLP participants.  With Larry’s lifelong interest and work in cross-cultural studies, international utilization of the English language, communication and leadership training, awards will be made to outstanding candidates with an interest in World Englishes, language learning and culture, linguistics and related fields.

Sarah K. Vann Scholars Awards ($200,000 Endowment)
Sarah Vann was a library scholar, philanthropist and community activist.  Dr. Vann taught Library Information Studies at University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  She joined the Friends of the East-West Center with the encouragement of her friend, Sumi Makey, worked tirelessly on a range of projects from Host Family and International Visitors programs to fundraisers and a Reading Room, and served as president in 1990.  Dr. Vann passed away at the age of 96 on May 25, 2012. The Sarah K. Vann Scholars Awards was established as a Permanent Named Endowment of the East-West Center with a bequest gift of $200,000.  The scholarship will provide awards to deserving scholars from the Philippines, Indonesia and Hawai‘i. 

Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association (WUB) Scholarship Endowment Fund ($160,000+ Permanent Named Endowment)
The Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association (WUB) is a network of Uchinanchu and Uchinanchu-at-Heart, whose members are from the business and professional communities throughout the world.  WUB chapters worldwide exchange information on business opportunities, support their sister chapters and promote cultural and educational exchanges so that members of the worldwide Uchinanchu community can meet face to face.  The WUB Scholarship Endowment Fund was established to provide scholarship support to young people of the WUB community who are unable to meet the full cost of program participation. 

Trudy and Al Wong `Ohana Scholarship ($50,000 Endowment)
Trudy and Al Wong established the Trudy and Al Wong `Ohana Scholarship Award to fund awards for Degree Fellows from the U.S. and Asia Pacific region with a demonstrated history of social service engagement, and who show a commitment to goals that embrace leadership qualities and personal initiative to carry out community and social service activities during their studies at the Center and in their future lives, regardless of field of study or profession. 

Daim Zainuddin Sustainability Development Fellowship ($1 million Permanent Named Endowment)
Former EWC Board of Governors member Tun Daim established the Daim Zainuddin Sustainability Development Fellowship for Orang Asli participants from Malaysia to participate in East-West Center short term and leadership programs, including the Asia Pacific Leadership Program.

ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIPS

An annual scholarship may be established to support a scholarship for a specific number of years.  Contributions are made and expended in the same year. 

George R. Ariyoshi Fund (Special 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 students who may need additional assistance with airfare, housing or living expenses.  The Ariyoshi Fund was established by the Hawai‘i Pacific Rim Society in 2001 and continues to receive annual grants and donations from individuals.

Richard H. and Hester V. Cox Fellowships ($40,000 Special Fund)
Richard H. Cox established the Richard H. and Hester V. Cox Fellowships with an annual gift of $30,000 to fund awards for Degree Fellows and Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellows with a preference for students from Vietnam.  After working at Alexander & Baldwin for forty years, Mr. Cox retired as Vice-President.  He is a strong supporter of the Center’s public diplomacy mission and member of the Friends of the East-West Center and EWC Arts `Ohana.

Hawaii Pacific Rim Society Hideo Murakami Fund for Scholarships and the Arts ($100,000 Annual Fund)
The Hawaii Pacific Rim Society (HPRS) was formed in 1986 to promote cultural exchange and develop understanding. It is dedicated to promoting greater understanding and partnership among the peoples of the Pacific Rim Region.  Hideo Murakami was the co-founder and president of The Hawaii Pacific Rim Society.  An annual distribution of $70,000 is given for the George R. Ariyoshi Scholarship awards and $30,000 for the East-West Center Arts Program activities. 

Lisa Tsoi Hoshmand Fellowships ($25,000 Special Fund)
The Lisa Tsoi Hoshmand Fellowships was established as a Scholarship Fund of the East-West Center through the East-West Center Foundation.  The fund will provide awards for one or more students who have an outstanding academic record and financial need with a preference for students from Hong Kong.  Ahmad Reza Hoshmand (known as Reza) and Lisa Tsoi Hoshmand were students at the East-West Center as grantees in the Institute for Student Interchange.  Lisa and Reza got married in Hawai‘i in 1973 and began their professional careers as academics on the mainland.  As a prominent psychologist, Lisa published extensively and was a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.  She passed away from cancer in 2010 and this fellowship is established to honor her wishes to be of help to future East-West Center participants.

Peter P. Jennings Memorial Scholarship (Special Fund)
Peter Jennings (Institute for Student Interchange 1963-67) was a proud East-West Center alumnus. His friends in Hawai‘i remember him for his love of people, his generous spirit, and his support of students at University of Hawai‘i and East-West Center.  He passed away in January 2017 at the age of 76. The Peter P. Jennings Memorial Scholarship was established by family and friends to contribute to Peter’s legacy.  He loved the outdoors and wanted to protect our natural environment.  The fund will be used to provide awards for students with an intention of future involvement in the field of environmental studies.

Dr. Daniel H. Katayama and Jane H. Sato Katayama Scholarships ($25,000 Special Fund)
Daniel and Jane Katayama have been enthusiastic supporters of the EWC Arts Program.  As Arts ‘Ohana members, they said “the East West Center Arts Program nourishes our mind by providing information on the art and culture of Asian countries, essential for world peace.” They established the Dr. Daniel H. Katayama and Jane H. Sato Katayama Scholarships with a gift of $25,000 to help students who require enhancement of the grants provided by the East-West Center. 

Gary S.H. Lin Fellowships ($250,000 Special Fund)
The Gary S.H. Lin Fellowships was established as a Scholarship Fund of the East-West Center through the East-West Center Foundation with a gift of $250,000.  The fund will provide awards for one or more students from Taiwan who have an outstanding academic record and financial need with a preference for MA students.  Mr. Lin was a degree scholarship awardee at the East-West Center from 1965 to 1967.  After returning to Taiwan, he launched a successful career in information technology. Mr. Lin considers his experience at the East-West Center to have transformed his life, and hopes that his scholarship will contribute to the Center’s efforts to provide ambitious and promising students from Taiwan with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to promote the welfare of people around the world.

Edison H. and Sallie Y. Miyawaki Fellowships ($5,000 Special Fund)
Dr. Miyawaki is chairman, president and CEO of Family Health I and II, one of the largest privately held healthcare business interests in Hawai‘i.  He served on the EWC Foundation Board of Directors and was Board co-chair from 2002 to 2004.  The fund will provide awards for Degree Fellows and APLP participants who have an outstanding academic record and financial need with a preference for students from Japan and Hawai‘i.

Myung Seok Park Fellowships ($25,000 Special Fund)
The Myung Seok Park Fellowships was established as a Scholarship Fund of the East-West Center through the East-West Center Foundation with a gift of $25,000.  The fund will provide awards for one or more students who have an outstanding academic record and financial need. Dr. Park participated in the East-West Center Institute for Technical Interchange program in 1966-67 and the Culture Learning Institute in 1974.  He received the first EWC Distinguished Alumni Award in 1980. 

The Nainoa Thompson Fund (Special Fund)
The Nainoa Thompson Fund was established by the Asia Pacific Leadership Program Class of 2005 as a Legacy Project in honor of Hawaiian master navigator, Nainoa Thompson.  The fund provides scholarship support to meritorious APLP participants who are unable to meet the full cost of program participation. 

Richard Turbin and Rai Saint Chu Scholarships ($25,000 Special Fund)
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.

Jhamandas Watumull Scholarship Fund ($15,000 Annual Commitment)
Gulab Watumull firmly believes in the importance of strong U.S. - India relations and in education as a means of continuing to strengthen India's role in the Asia Pacific region.  In appreciation for the many ways the East-West Center's programs contribute to these goals, he has made an annual scholarship commitment of $15,000 from the fund established in his father's name. The Jhamandas Watumull Scholarship Fund makes it possible for highly qualified candidates from India with demonstrated leadership skills to participate in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program. 

Dennis Zvinakis Awards ($25,000 Special Fund)
The Dennis Zvinakis Awards will fund awards for one or more students with an outstanding academic record and a demonstrated interest in other cultures.  The fellowships will be awarded to deserving Degree Fellows and APLP participants from Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and the United States.