June 22, 2016

Daniel K. Inouye Institute Announces Nazeehah Shainaz Khan as Inouye Fellowship Awardee


The Daniel K. Inouye Institute (DKII) Fund, a program of the Hawaii Community Foundation, is pleased to announce that Nazeehah Shainaz Khan has been selected to receive the Inouye Fellowship for the 2016 Summer. To continue Senator Inouye’s legacy of civic engagement and leadership through education, public service and cultural exchange, this fellowship is awarded to a Hawaii resident who is a student or recent graduate of an academic program related to public service and/or international relations.

Ms. Khan will participate in the prestigious Regional Security Studies Intern Program (RSSIP) at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, located at Fort DeRussy. The Asia Pacific Center is a U.S. Department of Defense's executive education asset which addresses regional and global security issues, and encourages diplomatic solutions. RSSIP provides college students and recent graduates with an opportunity to learn about the pressing security issues in the region - national, economic, environmental - through interactions with professors and young leaders representing the diverse nations of the Asia Pacific region.

“Nazeehah demonstrates a commitment to cultural exchange and community from her work in Hawai‘i with homeless, Girl Scouts and the Muslim community as well as internships at the U.S. Department of State and at Pacific Asian Affairs Council (PAAC),” said Selection Committee Member Pat Loui. “This recognition is well deserved, and we are honored to have her as the first Inouye Fellow.”

The Inouye Fellowship scholarship will contribute to Kahn’s goal of obtaining her PhD in South Asian intelligence analysis. She aspires to be a contributing member of the Muslim Association of Hawaii’s board to support programs which facilitate exposure and understanding of the Arab World in Hawaii. Khan is a recent graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelors of Arts in political science and a minor in Islamic studies.

“Senator Inouye was a big proponent of providing Hawaii students with opportunities to have experiences on the broader world stage, encouraging them to enter careers in government and diplomatic service. This fellowship allows Hawaii students to get a taste of these exciting opportunities right here in Hawaii, and then to dream big,” stated Jennifer Sabas, Director of the DKII.

The DKII established an endowment to benefit the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research to provide an annual stipend to a student that exemplifies the legacy of Daniel K. Inouye. The Daniel K. Inouye Institute was established in 2013 to preserve Inouye's papers and tell his life story; support STEM education, civics learning and educational-cultural exchanges; and establish a repository of the Asian American/Pacific experience. For further information, visit www.danielkinouyeinstitute.org.

With 100 years of community service, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) is the leading philanthropic institution in the state. HCF is a steward of more than 700 funds, including more than 200 scholarship funds, created by donors who desire to transform lives and improve communities. In 2015, HCF distributed nearly $45 million in grants and contracts statewide, including $4.5 million in scholarships. HCF also serves as a resource on community issues and trends in the nonprofit sector. For more information, visit www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org.

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