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Scholarships and Funds
The Department of Second Languge Studies has a number of scholarship funds for support of student research and travel. Descriptions of these funds, their purposes, and applications procedures are described below. You can find application materials for funds at the SLS website.
Ruth Crymes Scholarship Fund
The Ruth Crymes Scholarship Fund was established in memory of the late Professor Ruth H. Crymes (Whitten), who was killed in an airplane crash in Mexico City on 31 October 1979. At the time she was a Professor of ESL and President of International TESOL. She was on her 17th mission as TESOL President to address a meeting in Mexico City.
The following quote from Professor Virginia French Allen’s obituary (TESOL Quarterly 14, 1, 1980) may serve as an introduction to this one-of-a-kind person:
“…She was in all ways a gentlewoman–quiet, understated, low-keyed. In the flood of testimonies from students, colleagues and friends the world around, one reads of her ‘aura of calm,’ her ‘dignity and poise,’ her ‘taking everything in stride’.The least theatrical of leaders, antithesis of temperamental prima donna, Ruth had a harmonizing influence on people. Her presence unified and steadied others’ minds. That she has been made a focus of debilitating grief is one of the somber ironies.There was nothing somber about Ruth Crymes. She had a quick, perceptive humor, never cynical or unkind. Her voice was warm, with a distinctive lilting cadence. She wore colors as sunny as the islands where she lived and taught for nearly thirty years.”
Professor Crymes joined the faculty of the University of Hawai‘i in 1958. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1965. She was chair of the Department of ESL from 1972–1975. For five years she was Executive Secretary to the Hawai‘i Council of Teachers of English. In addition, she was editor of the TESOL Quarterly for five years and was co-editor of three volumes of On TESOL. In addition to these administrative duties, Ruth Crymes was a recognized scholar in the field of English syntax. For many years she worked very closely with the Department of Education, State of Hawai‘i, on ESL-related matters.
The Scholarship Fund, established in her memory, is administered by a board of trustees, who are the members of the Graduate Faculty of the Department of SLS. Income from the fund is used for a variety of support purposes for students within the department: travel funds and support for research projects. The Scholarship Fund also created the Harry Whitten Prize for Scholarly Excellence, awarded each Spring to recognize outstanding theses and scholarly papers. Mr. Whitten, Professor Crymes’ widower, now deceased, was a benefactor of the Scholarship fund.
Graduates of the MA in SLS and PhD in SLS program have been most generous in their contributions to the fund. In this connection, contributions may be made at any time to the Ruth Crymes Scholarship Fund in care of the department secretary, Moore Hall 570. Applications should be submitted to the Chair of the SLS Department at any time of year to be considered by the selection committee.
Charlene J. Sato Fund
A special scholarship fund has been established in honor of Dr. Charlene J. Sato, who was an Associate Professor in the Department of ESL when she passed away in 1996. A former student of the department and professor from 1982, “Charlie” was one of the world’s foremost experts on pidgin and creole languages and second language acquisition, having her particular focus, arising from her own heritage, on Hawai‘i Creole English (HCE). She devoted her academic career to the study of HCE, and her early death has left a huge gap in the on-going struggle to have HCE accepted and legitimated as a valid language. She was a highly respected scholar and teacher, and a beloved colleague to all who ever worked with her.
Following her own wishes, the Charlene Junko Sato Endowed Memorial Fund was established, to which tax-deductible contributions are always welcome. [Checks may be made payable in the name of the fund, to “UH Foundation,” P.O. Box 11270, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96828.] The purpose of the fund is to provide study awards to undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Hawai‘i who are pursuing academic work involving or related to Hawai‘i Creole English. Awards are to be used for tuition, travel, supplies, and other academically related needs.
Applications may be submitted at any time to the Chair of the SLS department, and will be reviewed at regular intervals during the year, usually in the early Fall at least. Applicants must submit a proposal (2–5 pages) outlining their academic work as it relates to HCE. This work may include, but is not limited to, linguistic, educational, historical, political, or cultural aspects of HCE. The proposal should also specify the amount requested (up to $1200) and the purpose to which it will be put.
‘Oihana Maika‘i Fund for Professional Development
The SLS Graduate ‘Oihana Maika’i Fund was established in 2002 by a generous gift from two SLS Department alumni, Susan Proctor and Jonathan Hull. Susan and Jonathan are co-authors with Jack C. Richards of the ESL textbook series, Interchange and New Interchange, published by Cambridge University Press in the 1990s. As graduate students in the Department, they received financial support in the form of tuition waivers, research assistantships, and graduate assistantships, as well as funds to attend conferences. As noted in the memorandum of understanding establishing the ‘Oihana Makai‘i Fund, this support, together with the experience of teaching ESL writing and reading courses in the ELI, provided them with the professional development needed to pursue careers teaching at university level and writing ESL curricula in the U.S. and abroad. In establishing this award, their intention was to show their gratitude by helping graduate students in the department reach their own career goals in second language studies. They encourage others, including faculty and former students, to join them by contributing to the fund, which is administered by the University of Hawaii Foundation.
Awards may be made from the fund to cover the costs of tuition, fees, books, supplies, conference fees, travel expenses, research costs, and financial support for other academic needs, as well as to acknowledge scholarly excellence in second language studies by offering awards for outstanding papers published in refereed journals. Recipients must be full-time graduate students in the department, pursuing an MA, PhD, or Advanced Graduate Certificate, and must be doing pedagogically oriented academic work in second language studies. Preference is given to the following three areas: (1) writing, (2) reading, and (3) curriculum development and evaluation. Academic merit (minimum GPA of 3.5) and some degree of financial need (not necessarily as defined by federal guidelines) are additional criteria. If research is to be conducted, it will be important to mention approval of projects by the UH Committee on Human Subjects (IRB approval).
Applications should be submitted to the Chair of the SLS Department at any time of year to be considered by the selection committees. The application should consist of a brief (2-5 page) outlining the student’s academic work in pedagogically oriented second language studies and specifying the amount requested and the purpose to which it will be put.
David Rickard was a member of the staff who worked with and for students for well over a quarter of a century. He served as Assistant Director of the English Language Institute, taught A-V courses, counseled students, organized department retreats on the North Shore, and performed countless other services both in and out of working hours. Upon his retirement, the Department set up the Rickard Fellowships Fund, which is designed to support at least some small grants to help students under severe financial pressure. The Fellowships are administered through our Ruth Crymes Scholarship Fund, which is tax-exempt and complies with current IRS requirements.
The Holmes-Carr Scholarship fund was set established to honor the memory of Elizabeth Holmes-Carr, emeritus professor of speech at the University of Hawaii. Professor Holmes-Carr was widely known for her work in pidgin and creole languages and in ESL.
The Scholarship fund provides funds to enable full-time classified students in the BA, MA, AGCSLS, and PhD students in the Department of Second Language Studies to carry our degree-related research. A full-time undergraduate carries a minimum of 12 credit hours; a full time graduate student carries a minimum of 8 credit hours.
First priority will be given to research for scholarly papers, theses, and dissertations. Next, course work that is designed to pilot materials or procedures for scholarly papers, theses, and dissertations will be considered. Finally, if funds are available, and the research deemed exceptional, funds may be provided for work carried out to satisfy Department of Second language Studies course requirements. It will be important to mention approval of projects by the UH Committee on Human Subjects (IRB approval).
Applications may be submitted at any time. Approved applications are funded on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event that there are insufficient funds, priority will be given to students who have not previously received research support form the Holmes-Carr fund.