The Hawaii Veterans Memorial Fund has named Jacques Ambrose, a second-year MD student at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, the 2011 Robert K. Murakami Scholar.
The Hawaii Veterans Memorial Fund (HVMF) was founded in 1945 to assist veterans of World War Two. In a ceremony at the State Capitol to announce Ambrose’s selection, Governor Neil Abercrombie said, “This is a highly competitive scholarship. The selection criteria emphasize not only professional and academic excellence, but also Jaques’ innovation and dedication to the betterment of the community.”
Over the decades, HVMF said it has provided scholarships to thousands of men and women of diverse ethnicities attending college in Hawai`i and other states. Robert Murakami was instrumental organizing HVMF and served as its first Secretary.
Since 1983, a graduate student who best exemplifies Mr. Murakami’s academic achievements, professional aspirations and personal commitment to social justice and community service is annually designated the Robert K. Murakami Scholar.
“It is fitting that HVMF named its highest award in honor of the principal founder whose inspiration continues to live through the virtuous deeds of the recipients,” said the Governor.
Pictured: Jacques Ambrose with Governor Neil Abercrombie, on September 7, 2011.