2016 Guest Speaker

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Maya Soetoro-Ng

We are honored to welcome President Obama’s sister, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, as special guest speaker at our 7th Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony to honor the finalists and winners of our 2016 scholarship, as well as the winner of the Dunham/UW Anthropology Essay Contest.

Dr. Soetoro-Ng, the daughter of Stanley Ann Dunham, shares her mother’s passion for education and peacebuilding. She holds a Ph.D in Comparative Education and works at the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawaii. She teaches Peace Education and Leadership for Social Change and launched a national curriculum called “Ceeds of Peace” in schools around the country. and has also founded numerous inner city programs for youth to promote community service and community engagement.

  • Saturday May 21 from 2-4pm
  • The Congregational Church on Mercer Island at 4545 Island Crest Way
  • Meet Dr. Soetoro-Ng at a Reception and Fundraiser following the award ceremony from 5-7pm at a private home on Mercer Island.
  • Email us for more information and to RSVP to the Reception at dunhamscholarship@gmail.com
  • Suggested minimum donation of $150 (click on paypal button on this page to donate by credit card)

Both Dr. Soetoro-Ng and her brother, President Obama, were shaped by their mother’s powerful vision of what a worthy life looks like.  “My mother was very determined to be remembered for a life of service and thought that service was really the true measure of a life,” says Soetoro-Ng. The title of her talk at the Ceremony will be “The Courage To Serve.”