In this issue:
New Endowed Scholarship for Japan Studies (this page)
The UW Japan Studies Program and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies are excited to announce the establishment in summer 2014 of the Kasai-Buerge Endowed Fund for Student Support in Japan Studies.
Yuko Kasai (’99) and David Buerge (’00) met in Professor Kenneth Pyle’s class on postwar Japanese history during spring quarter 1997. David earned double degrees from UW in economics and Japan studies, and Yuko majored in business. Having worked his way through college as an undergraduate, David always remembered the difficulty of keeping up his grades while working.
More than a decade later and an ocean away in a Tokyo bookstore, David came across a new book by Walter Hatch (UW PhD 2000), who had been the teaching assistant for Professor Kozo Yamamura when he and Yuko were undergrads. He recalled the impact of Yamamura’s teaching on his life and career and wanted to give back to the program. Shortly after, he and Yuko attended a UW Alumni Association reception with UW President Michael Young at the Tokyo residence of Ambassador John V. Roos. They were inspired by President Young’s remarks and resolved to establish a fund to support students so that they might have more time to focus on studying rather than holding a job.
Scholarships from the endowment will be available beginning in 2019 when the endowment matures and funds become fully available. The scholarships will provide broad-based direct financial support to students studying Japan or Japan-related topics at the University of Washington.
The program extends it sincerest thanks to Yuko and David for their ongoing generosity to Japan Studies students for years to come.
For more information on contributing to this or other endowments in support of the UW Japan Studies Program, please see the UW Giving page at www.washington.edu/giving/ or contact Ellen Eskenazi at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.