Larry Suyama and Edith Stoecklein

Larry Suyama and Edith Stoecklein

For more than 15 years, Edith Stoecklein taught in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s English department. Her compassion for students was evident and she was sensitive to their stress surrounding paying for school. Before her death in 2009, Stoecklein shared her desire to establish a scholarship fund that would help ease some of the financial burdens of university students.

Stoecklein’s family honored her memory by establishing the Edith Stoecklein Suyama Endowed Scholarship for students enrolled in the UH Mānoa College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature.

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Edith Stoecklein, a beautiful young German woman, met Larry Suyama, a career Army man born and raised in Hawaiʻi, while Suyama was stationed in Germany. They fell in love and got married.

Stoecklein, who loved to travel, didn’t hesitate to leave her native Germany when Suyama suggested they live in Hawaiʻi. She would soon come to love and appreciate the islands and all they had to offer. Stoecklein returned to school, earning an associate’s degree from UH community colleges and then bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.

A UH Mānoa news release

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