Marie Wanek Outreach Fund for K-12 Teachers

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Marie Wanek Outreach Fund to support Asian Studies in the K-12 curriculum.  It is supported by income from a fund established in memory of Marie G. Wanek, a scholar and teacher dedicated to Asian studies, and a former president of MARAAS.

In light of complex challenges in K-12 education, the Marie Wanek funds are available to support a wide variety of initiatives and accomplishments.  Recognizing that our teachers best understand how to integrate Asian Studies into their curriculum, the Marie Wanek Outreach Committee welcomes creative and innovative proposals.  We expect to grant 2-4 awards each year ranging from $100 to $600.

Aim and Scope of the Projects:

Marie Wanek funds should be used to engage pre-collegiate students in activities that will enhance their understanding of Asian cultures, histories, economies, societies, etc.  Examples of possible projects include but are not limited to:

  1. Financial awards for students producing high-quality research papers or digital projects;
  2. Support for guest speakers, field trips, film series, etc.;
  3. The purchase of educational materials for use in the classroom;
  4. In-service training for teachers and administrators;
  5. Support for student clubs dedicated to understanding Asia;
  6. Other innovative proposals.

Applications should contain the following:

  1. Brief biosketch of principal applicant (one paragraph)
  2. Project Description (2 pages, single spaced, 12 point font) including:
    • Objectives
    • Proposed Activities
    • Anticipated product or outcome
    • Proposed budget

Submission information:

If you are uncertain whether your proposal is appropriate, please send a brief email to the Marie Wanek Outreach Committee Chair, Dr. Mahua Bhattacharya at for guidance and suggestions.

Proposals should be sent directly to Mahua Bhattacharya at

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.