Scholarship Fund

JCMU Melville Endowed Scholarship Fund

The JCMU Melville Endowed Scholarship Fund has been established to honor and remember the contributions of Harold Melville, late Shiga University Faculty member and JCMU visiting lecturer. Harold Melville is remembered for the difference he made in the lives of hundreds of young people and the example he set for cultural understanding. As the liaison for students, visiting scholars, faculty and staff at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) Mel was the ultimate guide, helping program participants engage in the Hikone community and make the transition from life in the United States to life in Japan.


Reasons to Invest

The JCMU Melville Endowment will provide funding for students participating in JCMU Language and Culture Programs. These programs engage students both academically and with the local community through home stays, internships, volunteer work and other activities. JCMU students gain knowledge of Japanese language and culture as well as a unique global perspective that they take with them into professional positions and into life after graduation.

Donor Benefits

Donors will be recognized in JCMU publications and on a donor board located either at the Japan Center in Hikone or on our newly designed Web site. Additionally, contribution to the JCMU Melville Endowed Scholarship Fund may qualify for a federal tax deduction or State of Michigan tax credit for Michigan residents. Please consult your personal or corporate tax advisor for details.

Gifts can be made online:

Show your support for JCMU students by making your contribution through the Michigan State University (MSU) online gift processing system. This safe and secure system is an easy, fast, safe and cost-effective way to give. This credit card-based system eliminates postage, reduces paperwork and saves time. As a safety precaution, the online gift processing system authorizes your transactions in real-time. We do not record or keep your credit card information on site.

To give online, please go to and follow these three steps:

  1. Fill in your donation amount in the "Gift Cart", the gray box in the in the upper right hand part of the screen.
  2. Click the gray continue box in the lower right hand part of the screen.
  3. Now you will be able to fill in your donor and billing information.

Gifts can be mailed to:

Pledge Form (pdf)*

Japan Center for Michigan Universities
110 International Center, MSU
East Lansing, MI 48824

Please make check payable to "Michigan State University" and be sure to include the name JCMU Melville Endowed Scholarship-AP 180 on the memo line of your check.

To make a gift by phone:

Please contact University Development, Michigan State University at:
Be sure to mention the specific fund name: JCMU Melville Endowed Scholarship-AP 180

Thank you for your contribution!