Since the days when alumnus Mike Mansfield was U.S. ambassador to Japan, UM has had a strong connection to the Japanese people. In response to the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters of March 2011, The University of Montana initiated the Japan Rising Opportunity Scholarship. We are fundraising for this from summer 2011 through Mach 2012.
This scholarship it designed to help support future students from Japan directly impacted by these tragedies, particularly from the Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures in the Tohoku Region.
Separately, in spring 2011, a Foreign Student Assistance Fund was established to provide resources for currently enrolled Japanese students at UM who documented direct financial hardships. The outpouring of over $11,000 of donations into that fund was impressive. We, and the students who applied to utilize those funds, are deeply appreciative.
As a additional gesture of appreciation, beginning May 14, 2011 (Commencement Day) contributors who donate $100 or more to the Japan Rising Opportunity Scholarship will receive one of the large, beautiful UM's Heart Goes Out To Japan posters.
Contributors giving $100-$149 will receive one of the limited production, archival quality prints of the granite/light-colored poster (only 100 available). Contributors of $150 or more may request the marble/dark poster if desired. These are of similar quality, but printed on an individual basis. Mailing will be coordinated through UM's Foreign Student and Scholar Services (FSSS) or available for pickup at the FSSS office from Effie Koehn, Director. Mailings will occur approximately every two weeks, with mailing information collected through the Contact Profile form below.
Donations at any level, large or small, are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. For example, we have been humbled by contributions and handwritten letters from children themselves who have donated. Will you join them? Will you join us?