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Wo Family Scholarships benefit six JABSOM medical students
PHOTO: Wo JABSOM Scholarship Guests (Front Row Left to Right) James Ha, Rachel Lee, Leimomi Kanagusuku, Asia Ayabe (Back Row Left to Right) Sean Awakuni, Margie Wo, Ric Wo, Keola Kane, Roy Magnusson, representing University Health Partners
Now in their second year, two Wo Family Scholarships funded by the Benedict and Miriam Lau Foundation, are currently benefitting six medical students from the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM)– all of whom attended the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation Scholarship Dinner at the Stan Sheriff Center on March 15, 2017 with Wo family member Ric Wo and his wife Margie.
The Wo JABSOM Achievement Scholarship Fund provides four-year merit-based scholarships to two first-year medical students who are Hawaiʻi residents.
The Wo JABSOM Opportunity Scholarship Fund provides a four-year need-based scholarship to one first-year medical student who is a Hawaiʻi resident.
The Wo Scholarships will continue to benefit JABSOM medical students until the last cohort of three Wo Scholars graduates in 2022. At the scholarship’s peak in 2018-19, JABSOM will have twelve Wo Scholars.
The Wo family has five generations of descendants residing in Hawaiʻi. In 1909 the family started a small general merchandise store in downtown Honolulu. Today – more than hundred years later – this business is known as C. S. Wo & Sons, Ltd., the largest furniture retailer in the State of Hawaiʻi.
These scholarships were made possible through a gift by the Benedict and Miriam Lau Foundation. Miriam Wo Lau (1919-2011) was a third generation Wo.