Asian / Asian American Alumni Nearing its Goal to Fund Endowed Student Scholarship but Need Your Help
In 2007, Brown’s multicultural alumni affinity groups, which include the A4 (Asian / Asian American Alumni Alliance), Inman Page Black Alumni Council (IPC), the Brown University Latino Alumni Council (BULAC) banded together to create the Alumni of Color Initiative (AOCI). The AOCI is a program unique among Brown’s peer institutions in that it provides an avenue for Brown’s diverse alumni to help support institutional priorities including support for academic departments and financial aid, specifically benefitting Brown’s diverse campus community.
As part of this Initiative, alumni leaders from the A4 community made a commitment to raise the funds necessary to endow the first-ever scholarship bearing the A4 name which will benefit talented Asian and Asian American students every year and provide them with the financial assistance they need to afford a Brown education.
To date, the IPC and BULAC communities have successfully endowed their scholarships and the student recipients have already been named and are benefitting from the scholarship as we speak. In addition, BULAC has also successfully created an endowment for U.S Latino Studies, and IPC has made considerable headway in doing the same for Africana Studies.
In comparison, while it has grown steadily since the beginning of the Initiative, the A4 Endowed Scholarship is still $34,000 short of its $250,000 goal. We’re asking you to join us and the alumni donors we’re featuring below in helping to make our goal a reality for us and for Brown. If we can achieve this milestone and raise the $34,000 needed by the end of June, we will have the honor of providing our first scholarship to a deserving student in the fall.
We hope you have the opportunity to visit campus and meet the many young men and women who benefit from our collective support. They are a reminder that our gifts are so important and these talented young people represent the future of our community, and are depending on us. Please consider making a generous gift.
To make a secure gift easily online log onto www.gifts.brown.edu and click the “Give Now” button and scroll to the bottom of the giving page to find the heading “Alumni of Color Initiative” and check the box for “Endowed Scholarship Funds” and choose the box “Asian/Asian American (A4)”. Or you can make your gift over the phone with Suzy Alba at Brown. She can be reached at 401-863-1730.
Please Join Us in Supporting the A4 Endowed Scholarship
“The A4 Endowed Scholarship provides a unique opportunity for Asian and Asian American Alumni to come together as a community and empower deserving students with the gift of a Brown education. At the heart of the A4 mission is to strengthen the relationship between current students and Asian and Asian American alumni—something that this scholarship will do!”
Elizabeth Cho ’01 AM ’02
“My daughter Jennifer’s experience at Brown these past four years provides ample reinforcement of my belief that anyone who has earned a spot at Brown deserves to attend, without regard to family finances. My gifts to the A4 Scholarship Fund have been given with that goal in mind.”
Jonathan T. Tanaka ’76, Jennifer Tanaka ’12, Cynthia Tanaka P’12
“We want to help lessen the burden on students, to give them flexibility upon graduation to do what they want to do. The A4 endowed scholarship will encourage students with more financial need than most to come to Brown, and to add their experiences to the mix, to teach and learn from others.”
Catherine Khang Banson ’92 and Eric L. Banson ’91