April

HPU Student Awarded National College Honor Society Scholarship

April 12, 2012

Emily Spolarich

HPU student Emily Tregelles received the Alfred H. Nolle Scholarship, valued at $1,500, from the Alpha Chi national college honor society. Tregelles is a member of the Hawaii Beta chapter of Alpha Chi. (Courtesy photo)

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University junior Emily Tregelles recently was awarded a scholarship from the Alpha Chi national college honor society. Tregelles, a junior, is a member of the Hawaii Beta chapter of Alpha Chi and received the Alfred H. Nolle Scholarship, valued at $1,500. Alpha Chi inducts the top 10 percent of students from all disciplines in the junior and senior classes and graduate programs.

Tregelles studies Anthropology at HPU, where she is a member of the honors program. Her studies focus on East Asia and linguistics, with an interest in Korea. She participated in an HPU study abroad program in South Korea, attending Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul during her sophomore year.

In Korea, she saw that women were treated unequally, leading her to write a paper: “The Prevalence of the Korean Sex Industry: Societal norms of South Korea and the vulnerability of North Korean women.” 

“Because of her anthropology training, she noticed aspects of Korean culture that sparked the idea for her paper on the sex trade there. I was really impressed when I read it,” said William “Bill” Potter, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Potter nominated her for the national scholarship competition. 

“I have a heart to see justice carried out in Asia, which compelled me to write on this topic,” said Tregelles.