Sylvia H. L. Yuen and Harold S. Masumoto Fellowship Fund


By establishing this Fund, Donors are providing perpetual funding to support graduate students at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.


Currently serving as Special Assistant to the President of the University of Hawai‘i system, Sylvia Yuen served for two years as Interim Dean and Director of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), the first woman to lead the college. She previously served as the Director of the Center on the Family, CTAHR’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UH Ma¯noa’s Director of Equal Employment Opportunity, and UH’s Employee Relations Administrator. Her graduate work was conducted at the University of Illinois and the University of Hawai‘i, and she received post-doctoral training at the University of Chicago (gerontology), the University of Michigan (research on Asian/Pacific Islanders), and Harvard University (management).

She secured over $22 million in grants and contracts to support research and educational activities. Her publications have targeted both professional and community audiences, and she and her colleagues have won national awards for a data-based Web site, a videotape on families, and other work. She is the recipient of both CTAHR’s and Maryknoll High School’s Outstanding Alumnus Awards, three Excellence in Teaching awards, and commendations from the Hawai‘i State Legislature for distinguished service to the state. Several community organizations, including the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, Hawai‘i Pacific Gerontological Society, and Hawai‘i Farm Bureau Federation, have also recognized her with awards. In 2013, she was honored at the annual YWCA Leader Luncheon celebrating Hawai‘i’s extraordinary women leaders.

Harold Masumoto is currently Co-Project Director for the Hawai‘i Renewable Energy Development Venture (HREDV) and Project Director for the Hawai‘i Technology Development Venture (HTDV), both of which are projects of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR). HTDV, which is funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), expands the capabilities of Hawai‘i-based small businesses in developing advanced technologies related to current and future Department of Defense and Department of Navy programs.

Harold served as the Vice President for Administration at the University of Hawai‘i before taking the position of Director of the Office of State Planning under former Governor John Waihee (1987-94). After leaving government service, he became the Executive Director of the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai‘i (1994-2003) and President and Chief Executive Officer of PICHTR (2001 – 2003). Both organizations are dedicated to enhancing research and development in Hawai‘i. The Hawai‘i Institute for Public Affairs selected Harold as a 2012 Ho‘oulu Award Honoree, HIPA’s leadership award.

Harold received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘i and his Juris Doctorate from the National Law Center of George Washington University.

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Description:  The purpose of this Fund is to provide fellowships to assist graduate students who are majoring in any graduate program at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. Funds may be used for costs associated with attendance (e.g. tuition, books, fees, etc.), and/or for funding to provide stipends for materials, travel, etc. to conduct their research.
Level:  Graduate
High School:  State of Hawai'i
Residency:  N/A
Enrollment Status:  Full-time
Contact Person:  Carol Oshiro
Contact Department:  Academic & Student Affairs Office
Contact Address:  3050 Maile Way, Gilmore 117
Honolulu, HI 96822
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Contact Phone:  (808) 956-8183
Contact Email:  [email protected]
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