Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 27, 2006

Whitworth MIM Graduate Student Receives Scholarship
from International Trade Alliance

Summer Agan, a graduate student in the Whitworth Master of International Management Program, was selected as a recipient of the 2006 Edward Tsutakawa Scholarship. Agan was formally announced as the scholarship recipient Feb. 9 at the International Trade Alliance's annual luncheon in Spokane.

During the award ceremony Matt McCoy, spokesperson for the Tsutakawa Scholarship, said the committee had never been so unified in its choice of a recipient. Previous recipients of the scholarship include Jennifer VanVleet and Suman Polepaka, both graduates of the Whitworth Master of International Management Program. This year, Agan was selected from among eight applicants.

The Tsutakawa Scholarship's namesake, Edward Tsutakawa, is a community and business leader who is an influential force in his support of education and development in Spokane. The scholarship was created in honor of his outstanding commitment to promoting Spokane in the global arena.

Each year the International Trade Alliance awards the Tsutakawa Scholarship to a local college or university student who is engaged in studies with the goal of pursuing a career in international business and trade. The scholarship is a one-time grant in the amount of $500. Applicants must be full-time students who demonstrate evidence of academic excellence and who are studying international relations or commerce.

"Given the Whitworth School of Global Commerce & Management's focus, it's not surprising that the last three winners of the Tsutakawa Scholarship have been MIM students," says Mary Alberts, director of the Whitworth Master of International Management Program. "Our Whitworth graduate students, as well as a growing number of undergraduates, are making international study and travel a priority. The Tsutakawa Scholarship Committee recognizes the value of developing and rewarding these new ambassadors for the Spokane region."

While working full time for Washington Trust Bank, Agan has remained an outstanding student at Whitworth and has served on the planning committee for the Spokane chapter of the World Affairs Council.

Agan, a resident of Spokane, will use her award to attend the "Women as Global Leaders 2006: Communities in Transition" conference that will take place March 12-14 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She will complete her master's degree in 2006 and is currently applying to doctoral programs in political science. Agan hopes to secure an academic position and work in the field of conflict management and prevention.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Mary Alberts, director of the Master of International Management Program, School of Global Commerce & Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4280 or malberts@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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