Wallace C. and Shizuko Mitchell Endowed Scholarship Fund

History:  Many wonderful things could be said about Dr. Wallace Clark Mitchell, but all would agree that he had a strong sense of integrity and an infectious sense of humor. He left his mark not only on the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, but on all the students who passed through his classroom. He was truly well liked and respected by colleagues, students, and the many individuals he worked with in government, the turfgrass and structural pest control industries, and agriculture.

Dr. Mitchell enrolled at Iowa State University in 1938, majoring in entomology and plant pathology. As it did to many men of his generation, World War II interrupted Dr. Mitchell’s education. Between 1942 and 1946, he served as an engineering aide (entomologist) in the Public Health Service Malaria Control in War Areas and later as an Aircraft Electronics Technician Mate, First Class, in the Navy. He returned to Iowa State University in 1946 and completed a bachelor’s degree in 1947 and a master’s degree in 1949.

In 1949, Mitchell joined the University of Hawai'i as an instructor and junior entomologist. He worked on the control of a variety of insect pests of animals, plants, and structures. He left Hawai'i in 1953 to take a position with Ciba Geigy before returning to Iowa State University to complete his doctorate in entomology in 1955. Following graduation he accepted a position as an assistant professor of entomology at South Dakota State College. Perhaps the memories of warmer climates played a part in his decision to return to Hawai'i in March of 1956 to work for the USDA Agricultural Research Service at the Fruit Fly Investigations Laboratory on the UH Manoa campus.

In 1962, he joined the University of Hawai'i, this time as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1965 and professor in 1968. He was appointed Department Chair from 1968 to 1978. During this period Mitchell was asked to serve as the acting dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (April 1975 to July 1976) and director of the Cooperative Extension Service and the Hawai'i Agricultural Experiment Station. In 1980, he accepted a position as acting associate dean of Academic Affairs, an appointment he held until his retirement in 1985.

Wally Mitchell led a full life in part because he was committed to his research, his students, and his family. He touched the lives of all who worked with him. He made them better students, teachers, researchers and people. His friends and family established the Wallace C. Mitchell Endowed Fund at the University of Hawai'i. This perpetual fund will provide a scholarship award annually to an undergraduate or graduate student who best exemplifies Dr. Mitchell’s commitment to intellectual achievement and professional service.

Description:  The purpose of this Fund is to provide scholarship support to assist undergraduate and/or graduate students in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa who are pursuing the study of entomology in general and the field of pest management in particular. Funds shall be used for costs associated with attendance (e.g. tuition, books, fees, etc.), in addition to funds for research, travel, professional development (e.g. conferences, workshops, participation in professional activities, societies, community affairs, etc.).
Level:  Graduate or Undergraduate (junior or senior).
High School:  N/A
Residency:  N/A
GPA:  Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.
Enrollment Status:  Full-time
Contact Person:  Carol Oshiro
Contact Department:  Academic & Student Affairs Office
Contact Address:  3050 Maile Way, Gilmore 117
Honolulu, HI 96822
Contact Website:  http://www.star.hawaii.edu/scholarship
Contact Phone:  (808) 956-8183
Contact Email:  [email protected]
Application Info:  http://www.star.hawaii.edu/scholarship
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