Honolulu — UH Mānoa's graduate students in the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Second Language Studies (SLS) have more fellowship opportunities thanks to a $500,000 award from the Bilinski Educational Foundation. The Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship Fund will support qualified doctoral students in the College of Language, Linguistics and Literature (LLL), one of the four Arts and Sciences colleges of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. This new fellowship fund will provide valuable support for top graduate students as they complete course work, conduct field research, and complete their doctoral dissertations.
"UH Mānoa's Department of Linguistics and Department of Second Language Studies are each recognized as leaders in their fields. We are extremely pleased with this recognition by the Bilinski Educational Foundation and their support in developing graduate students who in turn will become leaders in their fields," said Gary K. Ostrander, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.
The Department of Linguistics at UH Mānoa has strengths in two particular areas: the documentation and conservation of endangered languages (particularly those of the Pacific) and in the experimental study of language. The Department of Second Language Studies at UH Mānoa brings a diversity of expertise to bear on the field of second language studies, with a broad focus on the areas of second language acquisition, second language learning, second language use, and second language teaching.
The Bilinskis were strong believers in the power of education as a tool to help others become self-sufficient. Together, they sought ways to make a quality higher education accessible for promising students. The Bilinski Educational Foundation, established with their estate gift, perpetuates their legacy and provides fellowship funds for post-secondary education for students who lack the financial resources to pay for the highest caliber post-secondary education. Russell was a researcher, academic and an entrepreneur. Dorothy was an accomplished artist and patron of the arts. Both were intellectuals, adventurous, independent and driven.
Announcing the first Bilinski Fellows for the Dept. of Linguistics:
Announcing the first Bilinski Fellows for the Dept. of Second Language Studies: