About ARCS Honolulu Chapter

The ARCS Mission

ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding students who are U.S. citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering, math, technology, and medical research.
ARCS Scholar medallion with orchid lei

Our 2023–2024 Board

Wendy Lagareta (Chapter Affairs)
Cheryl Ernst (National Affairs)

Vice Presidents - Membership:
Patricia (Patty) Lee
Dr. Pat Cooper

Treasurer: Susan Moore

Roslyn (Roz) Pearson (Recording)
Sui-Lan Ellsworth (Corresponding)

Jessica (Jessie) Radovich (Communications)
Dr. Jane Schoonmaker (University Relations)
Dr. Jacqueline (Jacquie) Maly (Parliamentarian)

Who We Are and What We Do

ARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter is an all-volunteer, non-profit women's orgnization that provides financial support to outstanding University of Hawai‘i students pursuing graduate studies and conducting research in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health.

Our members come from community, business, government, and education sectors, united by our keen interest in things scientific and our strong commitment to advancing U.S. leadership in STEM fields … not to mention our delight in good company and fun events.

Responsible Philanthropy

Funding for the Honolulu Chapter’s ARCS Scholar Award grants comes from two sources: ARCS Award endowment funds managed by the University of Hawai‘i Foundation and annual ARCS Honolulu Chapter fundraising. With member dues largely covering operational expenses, $8 out of every $10 expended by our chapter goes directly to ARCS Scholar Awards.

Pie chart showing sources of ARCS income: 38% contributions, 30% foundations, 22% fundraising, 10% member dues, Pie chart showing use of ARCS Honolulu funds: 80% scholar awards, 15% fundraising, 5% operations

Learn More

To Quote a Scholar: Mason Russo

Mason Russo in front of poster

"I have conducted comprehensive studies on two invasive insect pests in the Hawaiian Islands that are severely impacting Hawaiian ecosystems. The coconut rhinoceros beetle is spreading fast across Oahu and has reached other islands. The hala scale impacts native coastal hala forests."

Besides offsetting the high cost of living in Hawai‘i, funds from the 2024 Maybelle F. Roth ARCS Scholar and Honolulu Scholar of the Year awards would allow Mason Russo to return to Asia if an initial survey produces promising biological control agents for the battle against destructive insects that threaten Hawai‘i trees.

To Quote a Scholar: Lucas Ellison

Ellison Lucas speaking into microphone

"The grant will cover travel to one or two conferences that I would not be able to attend otherwise."

2024 Toby Lee ARCS Scholar Lucas Ellison uses data from past droughts to analyze the performance of climate simulation models to better predict the impact of climate change.

Scholar Update: Oceanographer Amy Baco-Taylor

Dr. Amy Baco-Taylor onboard research ship

“Because most species in the deep sea are slow growing and long-lived, deep-sea species are actually more vulnerable to human impacts than many shallow-water ecosystems.”

– 1999 Honolulu ARCS Scholar Dr. Amy Baco-Taylor, explaining the importance of her research on deep sea ecosystems in a Q&A on the Florida State University website where she is now a professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. Read the profile