- The Program will continue in the name of the Freeman family and foundation, but funds for the Class of 2018 onwards will come from Wesleyan;
- The terms of the scholarship remain unchanged, at full sponsorship of tuition for one scholar from each of the 11 countries/areas, with the exception that the scholar selection process might be amended slightly.
The Taskforce is heartened that at least for the immediate future, Wesleyan is committed to keeping this distinctive and special program. However, given the financial imperatives that have forced Wesleyan to adopt austerity measures in recent years, we remain concerned about the long-term survival of the Freeman Scholars’ Program now that its anchor donor, the Freeman Foundation, is scaling down on its financial support. With the above changes to the Program—as well as in anticipation of our upcoming 20th Anniversary—the FASA Taskforce is therefore writing to solicit your views and support for the Program’s long-term sustainability. HOW YOU CAN HELP
As a result of the recent developments, as well as the information-gathering work that the Taskforce has undertaken over the past year, here are some recommendations for what you can do to help ensure that Freeman Scholars will always be on the Wesleyan campus: (1) Write to Mr. Graeme Freeman ‘77 to express your appreciation of and/or gratitude for their support of the Program thus far, and your sadness that the Foundation is scaling down its support for the Program. Mr. Graeme Freeman may be contacted via e-mail through Gina Driscoll at email@example.com and/or John Driscoll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(2) Write to the President Michael Roth to convey your support for the Program, as well as your belief that the Program is important and valuable to Wesleyan. President Roth may be reached at: Office of the President Wesleyan University 229 High Street Middletown, CT 06459 email@example.com We recommend that you convey your message by email, so that the following members of Roth’s leadership team may be copied into your correspondence: Barbara-Jan Wilson, Vice President for University Relations / bjwilson-at-wesleyan-dot-edu Professor Ruth Striegel, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs / rweissman-at-wesleyan-dot-edu Nancy H. Meislahn, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid / nmeislahn-at-wesleyan-dot-edu (We would greatly appreciate it if you could copy the Taskforce in your email communications with the Foundation and the University at firstname.lastname@example.org This will help us keep track of your support.) (3) We also hope that you can take some time to provide information and feedback to the FASA Taskforce to guide our work in advocating for the long-term survival of the Freeman Scholars Program. Please email Chun Kit Ng ’15 (email@example.com) your responses to the following prompts:
- What is distinctive and special about the Freeman Scholars Program? How does it add value to Wesleyan as an institution? Why is it worth preserving the Program, and having Freeman Scholars as part of our community?
- Any personal anecdotes that illustrate the impact of the Freeman Scholars Program, as well as the meaningful legacy of the Freeman family.
- (For alumni) What, specifically, do you think are the objectives of the Freeman Scholars Program? How, specifically, have you exemplified and lived up to the vision of Mr. Mansfield and Mr. Houghton Freeman? How has receiving the Scholarship helped you fulfill and extend this vision? What qualities do you see in Freeman Scholars?
Besides taking direction from your responses to determine our subsequent course of action, the Taskforce has begun working with the FASA Executive Committee on the following initiatives, among others: (1) Working with University Relations to explore the possibility of earmarking donations specifically for the Freeman Asian Scholars Program; (2) Soliciting recollections, messages and information from Freeman Scholar alumni and supporters in preparation for a 20th Anniversary commemorative publication; and (3) Engaging the Wesleyan administration and Board of Trustees to advocate for the long-term sustenance of the Freeman Scholars Program after compiling responses we receive from this round of information gathering. We will reach out to you again in the near future to solicit specific information in regard to the above three initiatives. Meanwhile, we ask that you forward this message widely to all who are concerned about the Freeman Scholars’ Program. We also welcome any input you may have that will help us as we step up our efforts to advocate for the Freeman Scholars Program at Wesleyan. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please feel free to contact the Taskforce through Ga Eun Yoo ’14 at gyoo01-at-wesleyan-dot-edu. Thank you. Best regards, Gavin Swee ’13 and Alice Hadler** on behalf of the FASA Sustainability Taskforce *About the FASA Sustainability Taskforce The FASA Taskforce was formed when a group of concerned Freeman Scholars began to have doubts about the Scholarship Program’s long-term survival. Beginning Fall 2012, the Taskforce has been working with the FASA Executive Committee on research and strategic initiatives aimed at the following: (a) Sustained and meaningful communication with alumni and allies of the Freeman Scholarship Program; (b) Positive engagement of the Freeman family and foundation that includes active student participation and direction; (c) Rejuvenation and revitalizing of the objectives of the Freeman Scholarship, as well as proactive FASA community-building for current scholars at Wesleyan; and (d) Active dialogue with the Wesleyan administration and faculty to promote the Freeman Asian Scholars Program and emphasize its value. The current Taskforce consists of current and former FASA ExCo Chairs and members: Abraham Ngu ’13, Chi Le ’13, Nathan Wang ’13, Chen-chi Chien ’13, Bingxin Wu ’13, Gavin Swee ’13, Julian Theseira ’14, Ga Eun Yoo ’14, Kamonwan Arttachariya ’14, Chun Kit Ng ’15, Kaito Abe ’15, and Anh Tuan Nguyen Viet ’16. The Taskforce is honored to be advised by Professor Alice Hadler, faculty advisor and all-round cheerleader for Freeman Scholars since the Program’s inception. We also gratefully acknowledge the contributions and input of Professor Vera Schwarcz, the Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies. **The Taskforce and our initiatives are entirely student initiated. Professor Hadler serves as our advisor, but did NOT write this letter or initiate our activity.