Announcing the 2014-15 Institute for Asian Studies Scholarship Awardees
Author: Institute for Asian Studies
Posted: August 5, 2014

Congratulations to
the 2014-15 PSU Institute for Asian Studies
Scholarship Awardees

In Spring 2014, the Portland State Institute for Asian Studies launched a new student scholarship program made possible through a generous gift, coupled with matching support from the Maybelle Clark MacDonald Fund. The Institute for Asian Studies Student Scholarship is an annual competitive award of up to $5000 split between one to three qualified full-time, degree seeking, PSU students, who are pursuing an academic program at Portland State, or abroad, with a focus on Asia and/or Asian language studies, with selection priority given to students who are under-represented college students admitted to a PSU approved study abroad program in an Asian country.

Congratulations to the following three PSU students who received scholarship awards for the academic year 2014-15.

Cassiday Pfau is a first generation undergraduate student in PSU’s Honors College who is double majoring in Chinese and International Studies. The Institute for Asian Studies Scholarship award is helping to fund her participation in a year-long study abroad program in Chengdu, China, during the 2014-15 academic year where she’ll be enrolled in advanced Chinese language and culture courses. Outside of the classroom she will be completing an internship for an international organization. This is Cassidy’s first opportunity to travel abroad and she is extremely grateful to the Institute for Asian Studies for helping fund what will be a life-changing educational experience.

Michael Gagle is a first general college student, pursuing a graduate degree in history, with a focus on Japan. The Institute for Asian Studies Scholarship is supporting his studies this summer at Waseda University in an intensive Japanese language program.  This is Michael’s first time traveling and studying in Japan. With knowledge gained from this study abroad experience Michael intends to go on to Ph.D. work and teach history.

Marty Mortimer is an under-represented student at PSU, working on his second bachelor’s degree, majoring in Japanese language. This scholarship is helping to fund his participation in a one-year study abroad Program at Kansai Gaidai in Hirakata, Japan during the 2014-15 academic year. Marty hopes to use this overseas educational experience to improve his language skills in order to pursue a future profession in translating Japanese literature.

The Portland State Institute for Asian Studies wishes to THANK our generous donors and the Maybelle Clark MacDonald Fund for supporting scholarships for PSU students academic and study abroad programs connected with Asia. 

Your gift of support to the Portland State Institute for Asian Studies Scholarship Fund helps sustains scholarship opportunities for outstanding PSU students like these.

Visit the PSU Institute for Asian Studies website to learn more about the programs and resources available through Portland State's Institute for Asian Studies, including this new PSU student scholarship, as well as and other Asia-related scholarships and opportunities.