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JCMU Melville Endowed Scholarship Fund

The JCMU Melville Endowed Scholarship Fund has been established to honor and remember the contributions of Harold Melville, late Shiga University Faculty member and JCMU visiting lecturer. Harold Melville is remembered for the difference he made in the lives of hundreds of young people and the example he set for cultural understanding. As the liaison for students, visiting scholars, faculty and staff at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) Mel was the ultimate guide, helping program participants engage in the Hikone community and make the transition from life in the United States to life in Japan.

JCMU thanks all of our supporters that have so generously made contributions!

Importance of Endowments

Endowments provide a steady, consistent and permanent source of income.

Endowment funds differ from others in that the total amount of the gift is invested. Each year, only a portion of the invested income earned is spent while the remainder adds to principal growth. In this respect, an endowment is a perpetual gift.   Endowments are absolutely essential to promote international education and preparing the citizens of the United States and Japan for the realities of working and living in our changing world.

Reasons to Invest

The JCMU Melville Endowment will provide funding for students participating in JCMU Language and Culture Programs. These programs engage students both academically and with the local community through home stays, internships, volunteer work and other activities. JCMU students gain knowledge of Japanese language and culture as well as a unique global perspective that they take with them into professional positions and into life after graduation.

Donor Benefits

Donors will be recognized in JCMU publications and on a donor board located either at the Japan Center in Hikone or on our newly designed Web site. Additionally, contribution to the JCMU Melville Endowed Scholarship Fund may qualify for a federal tax deduction or State of Michigan tax credit for Michigan residents. Please consult your personal or corporate tax advisor for details.

Learn more here on how to donate!