Group shot of Laffin Scholars
2017 Laffin Scholars and scholarship trustees

Laffin Foundation Scholarship: The Laffin Foundation provides scholarship support for highly qualified students pursuing a Major or Minor in Asian and Pacific Studies. It was established in 1991 and is awarded to outstanding students major or minor in Asian & Pacific Studies Program at LMU. Valentina Laffin, a generous benefactor with great foresight, set up a testamentary trust to honor her parents, John and Maria Laffin.

The Chinese Visiting Scholar Program: The LMU Asian and Pacific Studies Program and Mount St. Mary's College Bridging Cultures: U.S./China Program have developed the Chinese Visiting Fellowship to bring a young Chinese faculty member to our campuses for a two to three week stay each year. The joint program is designed to provide students at the two universities opportunities to become more familiar with and to give a human face to a rapidly changing China. Selected from a pool of candidates recommended by a prestigious Chinese university and interviewed by the director of the Bridging Cultures Program, the Chinese Visiting Fellow will be an articulate young faculty member fluent in English. The Fellow will meet students in classes and other casual gatherings to engage in informal conversations about life in China.