Grants Received

Recent Grants Received

Amount: US$500 (15,855 THB)
Date of grant: April 2015
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated grants
Submitted by: NA
Project leader: NA

Project donor: Dr. Culver S. Ladd
Project purpose: For Student Scholarships and Faculty Development

Project donor: Professor Emeritus Laurence Davis
Project purpose: For Faculty Development

Project donor: Rev. Hugh Outterson
Project purpose: For MCD Departmental Support


Amount: US$100,000 (3,248,850 THB)
Date of grant: January 2015
Source of grant: Henry Luce Foundation
Title of proposal: The Henry Luce Chapel Renovation Project
Submitted by: Office of International Relations and Support
Project leader: Dr. Esther Wakeman, Vice President for Spiritual Life and Student Development

Project summary: The Henry Luce Chapel was constructed back in 1984, largely funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. It is located at the center of the main campus of Payap University and has been the centerpiece and spiritual symbol of the university for many years. It has been utilized by faculty, staff, students, and visitors for countless events and continues to be a highly popular gathering place. But more importantly, the Henry Luce Chapel has been the primary iconic symbol of Payap’s identity. Sadly, the Luce Chapel is slowly deteriorating due to age. Payap University requested and received a much needed grant from the Henry Luce Foundation in the amount of US$100,000 to fund predominantly the necessary structural work.

Payap believes that the Henry Luce Chapel has many decades left of useful life. However, much work is needed. The Chapel roof has leakage that needs to be repaired, all of the wooden floors need to be replaced, walkways and stairways are damaged and cracked, various windows are in need of replacement, and the entire facility needs to be refinished and repainted. This and other work are a part of a complete restoration project which will greatly enhance the appearance, functionality, and life span of this important structure. Accordingly, the funds provided by the Henry Luce Foundation will go towards completing necessary repairs and renovations to extend the life of the Henry Luce Chapel so that it can continue to serve as a sacred space valued by the university community and the wider community.


Amount: US$26,088 (854,664 THB)
Date of grant: December 2014
Source of grant: ASEAN Foundation
Title of proposal: Hosting the 5th ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium 2015
Submitted by: Office of International Relations and Support
Project leader: Dr. Sompan Wongdee, President

Project summary: Funding was requested from the ASEAN Foundation to assists in the cost of hosting the 5th ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium. Payap University hosted this 5th Symposium during the period 18-20 January, 2015. The ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium takes place every two years and it offers researchers, industry experts, aficionados, and all those who are dedicated to the craft, to come together and share ideas and experiences. The previous four Symposiums were held in ASEAN countries, but this is the first time that it was being held in Thailand. All ten countries within ASEANโ€”as well as Japanโ€”sent representatives to participate. Members from the Royal families of both Malaysia and Thailand were also in attendance.

The amount received represented 80% of the total grant for this project. The remaining 20% may be released if the ASEAN Foundation determines that the total cost of the project warrants additional funds.


Amount: US$6,630 (215,763 THB)
Date of grant: November 2014
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated Endowments (various)
Submitted by: NA
Project leader: NA

Project name: Institute of Religion, Culture, and Peace
Project purpose: To fund the Directorโ€™s position and/or IRCP support

Project name: The Thorington-Guerrant Memorial Fund
Project purpose: To fund student scholarships for Hilltribe students

Project name: The Mr. and Mrs. DJ Westra Scholarship Fund
Project purpose: To fund nursing scholarships (for top female students).

Project name: PYU Endowment Fund
Project purpose: Partially for campus maintenance and utility charges (80%), and partially retained for future income (20%).

Project name: J&V Skillman Fund
Project purpose: To fund scholarships for students from neighboring SE Asian countries.


Amount: US$87,631 (2,841,308 THB)
Date of grant: November 2014
Source of grant: American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA)
Title of proposal: IT Upgrade
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Mr. Kamol Rungsa-Ard (IT Department)

*3rd and final installment of US$550,000 grant

In the October 2011-12 Academic Year, Payap University was awarded a grant of US$550,000 (approx. 16,500,000 Thai baht) by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program, to upgrade its IT infrastructure and to equip its faculty and staff with updated computing equipment. Specifically, this IT Upgrade project will be focused on three main areas:
(1) To replace the main servers, storage area network, and power supply system.
(2) To upgrade the wireless network control system and provide additional wireless access points throughout the campus.
(3) To replace personal computers (PCs) currently used by faculty, staff, and students, which are woefully outdated. The Payap IT Department has identified those PCs most in need of immediate replacement.


Amount: US$173,605 (5,558,268 THB)
Date of grant: September 2014
Source of grant: American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA)
Title of proposal: Campus Accessibility project (renovation)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Aj. Peay Tananone, Head (Interim), Campus Development

*4th and final installment of US$500,000 grant

Project summary: In July of 2010, Payap University was notified that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program, would award Payap University US$500,000 (approx. 15,000,000 Thai baht) to complete renovations to its campus for the purpose of improving handicap accessibility. This project includes creating access ramps where needed, replacing narrow entry doors with wider ones, widening restroom stalls and providing handrails, creating additional parking spaces for those with disabilities, and installing elevators for accessibility to higher floors of selected buildings. The goal of this project is to make Payap the first university in northern Thailand to be fully accessible to those with physical challenges.

The work commenced during the 2013-14 Academic Year with payments made to two separate contractors for each milestone completed. These payments will continue until which time the project completes. Payap will be reimbursed through the ASHA program until the total grant is exhausted.


Amount: US$341,622 (11,033,826 THB)
Date of grant: July 2014
Source of grant: American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA)
Title of proposal: IT Upgrade
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Mr. Kamol Rungsa-Ard (IT Department)

*2nd installment of US$550,000 grant

In the October 2011-12 Academic Year, Payap University was awarded a grant of US$550,000 (approx. 16,500,000 Thai baht) by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program, to upgrade its IT infrastructure and to equip its faculty and staff with updated computing equipment. Specifically, this IT Upgrade project will be focused on three main areas:
(1) To replace the main servers, storage area network, and power supply system.
(2) To upgrade the wireless network control system and provide additional wireless access points throughout the campus.
(3) To replace personal computers (PCs) currently used by faculty, staff, and students, which are woefully outdated. The Payap IT Department has identified those PCs most in need of immediate replacement.


Amount: US$116,590 (3,773,454 THB)
Date of grant: June 2014
Source of grant: American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA)
Title of proposal: IT Upgrade
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Mr. Kamol Rungsa-Ard (IT Department)

*1st installment of US$550,000 grant

In the October 2011-12 Academic Year, Payap University was awarded a grant of US$550,000 (approx. 16,500,000 Thai baht) by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program, to upgrade its IT infrastructure and to equip its faculty and staff with updated computing equipment. Specifically, this IT Upgrade project will be focused on three main areas:
(1) To replace the main servers, storage area network, and power supply system.
(2) To upgrade the wireless network control system and provide additional wireless access points throughout the campus.
(3) To replace personal computers (PCs) currently used by faculty, staff, and students, which are woefully outdated. The Payap IT Department has identified those PCs most in need of immediate replacement.


Amount: US$225 (7,028 THB)
Date of grant: April 2014
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated Grants (various)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project donor: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Weber
Project purpose: To support the general faculty development fund

Project donor: Mr. Randolph Jennings and Ms. Mary M. Griep (in honor of the Rev. William J. Yoder)
Project purpose: To support Institutional Networks and Linkages

Project donor: Rev. Hugh Outterson
Project purpose: To support the McGilvary College of Divinity faculty development fund


Amount: US$163,614 (5,279,759 THB)
Date of grant: March 2014
Source of grant: American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA)
Title of proposal: Campus Accessibility project (renovation)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Aj. Peay Tananone, Head (Interim), Campus Development

*3rd installment of US$500,000 grant

Project summary: In July of 2010, Payap University was notified that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program, would award Payap University US$500,000 (approx. 15,000,000 Thai baht) to complete renovations to its campus for the purpose of improving handicap accessibility. This project includes creating access ramps where needed, replacing narrow entry doors with wider ones, widening restroom stalls and providing handrails, creating additional parking spaces for those with disabilities, and installing elevators for accessibility to higher floors of selected buildings. The goal of this project is to make Payap the first university in northern Thailand to be fully accessible to those with physical challenges.

The work commenced during the 2013-14 Academic Year with payments made to two separate contractors for each milestone completed. These payments will continue until which time the project completes. Payap will be reimbursed through the ASHA program until the total grant is exhausted.


Amount: US$105,135 (3,387,500 THB)*
Date of grant: January 2014
Source of grant: American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA)
Title of proposal: Campus Accessibility project (renovation)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Aj. Peay Tananone, Head (Interim), Campus Development

*2nd installment of US$500,000 grant

Project summary: In July of 2010, Payap University was notified that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program, would award Payap University US$500,000 (approx. 15,000,000 Thai baht) to complete renovations to its campus for the purpose of improving handicap accessibility. This project includes creating access ramps where needed, replacing narrow entry doors with wider ones, widening restroom stalls and providing handrails, creating additional parking spaces for those with disabilities, and installing elevators for accessibility to higher floors of selected buildings. The goal of this project is to make Payap the first university in northern Thailand to be fully accessible to those with physical challenges.

The work commenced during the 2013-14 Academic Year with payments made to two separate contractors for each milestone completed. These payments will continue until which time the project completes. Payap will be reimbursed through the ASHA program until the total grant is exhausted.


Amount: US$3,150 (98,788 THB)
Date of grant: November 2013
Source of grant: Private Donor
Title of proposal: Training in Archive Management
Submitted by: Ms. Jitra Samsa, Head, PYU Archives, Rev Bill Yoder
Project leader: Ms. Jitra Samsa, Head, PYU Archives

Project donor: Dr. Donald L. Dewald, USA
Project purpose: To pay miscellaneous expenses associated with Ms. Jitra Samsa’s three-month training in Archive Management at Yale University, USA.


Amount: US$6,380 (200,243 THB)
Date of grant: November 2013
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Endowment Grants (various)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project name: Institute of Religion, Culture, and Peace
Project purpose: To fund the Director’s position and/or IRCP support

Project name: The Thorington-Guerrant Memorial Fund
Project purpose: To fund student scholarships for Hilltribe students

Project name: The Mr. and Mrs. DJ Westra Scholarship Fund
Project purpose: To fund nursing scholarships (for top female students).

Project name: PYU Endowment Fund
Project purpose: Partially for campus maintenance and utility charges (80%), and partially retained for future income (20%).

Project name: J&V Skillman Fund
Project purpose: To fund scholarships for students from neighboring SE Asian countries.


Amount: US$500 (15,233 THB)
Date of grant: October 2013
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated Grants (various)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project donor: Dr. Culver S. Ladd
Project purpose: To support the general faculty endowment/development fund


Amount: US$49,642 (1,537,409 THB)*
Date of grant: October 2013
Source of grant: American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA)
Title of proposal: Campus Accessibility project (renovation)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Aj. Peay Tananone, Head (Interim), Campus Development

*1st installment of US$500,000 grant

Project summary: In July of 2010, Payap University was notified that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program, would award Payap University US$500,000 (approx. 15,000,000 Thai baht) to complete renovations to its campus for the purpose of improving handicap accessibility. This project includes creating access ramps where needed, replacing narrow entry doors with wider ones, widening restroom stalls and providing handrails, creating additional parking spaces for those with disabilities, and installing elevators for accessibility to higher floors of selected buildings. The goal of this project is to make Payap the first university in northern Thailand to be fully accessible to those with physical challenges.

The work commenced during the 2013-14 Academic Year with payments made to two separate contractors for each milestone completed. These payments will continue until which time the project completes. Payap will be reimbursed through the ASHA program until the total grant is exhausted.


Amount: US$1,420 (40,312 THB)
Date of grant: March 2013
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated Grants (various)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project donor: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Weber
Project purpose: To support the general faculty development fund

Project donor: Mrs. Prasopsuk Nabangxang
Project purpose: To support faculty development in the Faculty of Nursing

Project donor: Dr. Culver S. Ladd
Project purpose: To support the general faculty development fund

Project donor: Mr. Barry Zigas
Project purpose: To support the PhD Peacebuilding student scholarship fund

Project donor: Professor Emeritus Laurence Davis
Project purpose: To support the College of Music general fund


Amount: US$3,107 (91,665 THB)
Date of grant: December 2012
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated Grants (various)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project donor: Beverly and Harold Martyn
Project purpose: To support general Faculty Development

Project donor: Mrs. Valerie Anne Skillman
Project purpose: To support general Faculty Development

Project donor: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Pierce (In honor of John and Martha Butt)
Project purpose: To provide general support for the IRCP


Amount: US$5,989 (182,692 THB)
Date of grant: November 2012
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Endowment Grants (various)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project name: Institute of Religion, Culture, and Peace
Project purpose: To fund the Director’s position and/or IRCP support

Project name: The Thorington-Guerrant Memorial Fund
Project purpose: To fund student scholarships for Hilltribe students

Project name: The Mr. and Mrs. DJ Westra Scholarship Fund
Project purpose: To fund nursing scholarships (for top female students).

Project name: PYU Endowment Fund
Project purpose: Partially for campus maintenance and utility charges (80%), and partially retained for future income (20%).

Project name: J&V Skillman Fund
Project purpose: To fund scholarships for students from neighboring SE Asian countries.


Amount: US$500 (14,994 THB)
Date of grant: September 2012
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated Grants (various)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project donor: Professor Emeritus Laurence Davis
Project purpose: To support the Payap University College of Music to attend the World Choir Games 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Project donor: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Weis
Project purpose: To support nursing scholarships at Payap University

Project donor: Professor Emeritus Laurence Davis
Project purpose: To support faculty development at the Payap University College of Music.


Amount: US$3,300 (101,159 THB)
Date of grant: September 2012
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: Lanna Wisdom Digital Project
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Director, Sirindhorn Learning Resource Center

Project summary: To develop the Payap Digital Library collection of Northern textile and preserve the local knowledge of the textile industry by collecting, digitizing and archiving related items through digital media

Expected outcomes:

*Research, evaluate, and compile data related to the various aspects of the Northern Thailand textile industry and associated knowledge.
*Collect and preserve valuable local knowledge on textile through digital media.
*Provide a digital research center on textile for the public, students, and faculty.
*Promote Northern Thailand local knowledge in textile through this digital collection.


Amount: US$10,820 (338,103 THB)
Date of grant: August 2012
Source of grant: United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: PhD Scholarship in Peacebuilding (2nd year)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Director, Institute of Religion, Culture, and Peace

Project summary: The Institute of Religion, Culture, and Peace (IRCP) at Payap University established the Doctor of Philosophy Program in Peacebuilding to meet a glaring need. The program commenced in the Academic Year 2009-10. The objective of this program is to develop ways in which theory and practice can be combined in ways that provide a better and more cohesive grounding for both theoretical peace studies and actual peacebuilding. The worldwide increase in recent decades of violent and potentially violent conflicts has given rise to a number of programs in the field of Peace Studies at several major universities. These programs research and study the various causes of violence and the ways and means by which these conflicts have attempted to be resolved.

The IRCP’s doctorate program consists of a rigorous study of the theoretical side of Peace Studies combined with experiential fieldwork in the area of conflict transformation and resolution. An important and distinguishing aspect of this program which differs from many other programs in the field of peace studies is the attention given to the relationship between “religiousness” and peacebuilding. One of the assumptions underlying the program’s emphasis on religious diversity and relationships is that religious and cultural dialogue can contribute to peaceful relations among different communities. Human “religiousness” can thus become a positive force for peace.

Payap recognizes that many deserving candidates who would benefit greatly from this program simply cannot afford to attend. The hope, then, would be that an individual who would otherwise not be able to attend, would take the knowledge and experience gained from this program back to their respective institutions and continue the important work of peace education. This scholarship will provide at least one individual from one of the UB’s partner institutions the opportunity to obtain valuable education and training in this critical field.


Amount: US$1,100 (33,563 THB)
Date of grant: February 2012
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated grants
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project donor: Mr. Barry Zigas
Project purpose: To support the scholarship fund for the IRCP at Payap University

Project donor: Mr. Randolph Jennings and Ms. Mary M. Griep
Project purpose: To support International Affairs at Payap University


Amount: US$3,329 (102,655 THB)
Date of grant: January 2012
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated grants
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project donor: Beverly and Harold Martyn
Project purpose: To support Faculty Development at Payap University

Project donor: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Weber
Project purpose: To support Faculty Development at Payap University

Project donor: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Pierce (in honor of John and Martha Butt)
Project purpose: To support Student Scholarships at the IRCP

Project donor: Rev. Hugh Outterson
Project purpose: To support faculty development at the McGilvary College of Divinity

Project donor: Ms. Jane E. Arp
Project purpose: To support student scholarships at the McGilvary College of Divinity

Project donor: Mr. and Mrs. James P. Orwig
Project purpose: To support Faculty Development at Payap University


Amount: US$1,000 (30,857 THB)
Date of grant: December 2011
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated grants
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: NA

Project donor: Mrs. Verlie Anne Skillman
Project purpose: For faculty development


Amount: US$11,500 (354,927 THB)
Date of grant: October 2011
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: Faculty Development in the Field of Peace Studies, Indo-China
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Dr. Mark Tamthai, Director, Institute of Religion, Culture, and Peace

Project summary: Funding was sought to conduct a training workshop in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding for approximately 15 nominated faculty members, 2-3 each from 4-5 selected institutions across countries in the Indo-China region (Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Southern China). The aim is to assist the participants in designing, developing, and teaching Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding courses in their respective institutions.


Amount: US$5,350 (165,118 THB)
Date of grant: October 2011
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: Faculty Development in the Field of Peace Studies, Thailand
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Dr. Mark Tamthai, Director, Institute of Religion, Culture, and Peace

Project summary: Funding was sought to conduct a training workshop in conflict transformation and peacebuilding for 20 nominated faculty members from selected institutions across Thailand. The aim is to assist the participants to, upon attending the workshop, design, develop and teach a conflict transformation and peacebuilding course in their respective institutions.


Amount: US$167 (5,000 THB)
Date of grant: October 2011
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: Donation to the College of Music
Submitted by: NA
Project leader: Dr. Chaipruck Mekara

This gift was provided from the United Board directly to the College of Music.


Amount: US$250 (7,180 THB)
Date of grant: July 2011
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated grants
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project donor: Mrs. Prasopsuk Nabangxang
Project purpose: For faculty development within the Faculty of Nursing

Project donor: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Weis
Project purpose: To fund nursing scholarships at the Faculty of Nursing


Amount: US$10,820 (330,878 THB)
Date of grant: June 2011
Source of grant: United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: PhD Scholarship in Peacebuilding
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Dr. Mark Tamthai, Director, Institute of Religion, Culture, and Peace

Project summary: The Institute of Religion, Culture, and Peace (IRCP) at Payap University established the Doctor of Philosophy Program in Peacebuilding to meet a glaring need. The program commenced in the Academic Year 2009-10. The objective of this program is to develop ways in which theory and practice can be combined in ways that provide a better and more cohesive grounding for both theoretical peace studies and actual peacebuilding. The worldwide increase in recent decades of violent and potentially violent conflicts has given rise to a number of programs in the field of Peace Studies at several major universities. These programs research and study the various causes of violence and the ways and means by which these conflicts have attempted to be resolved.

The IRCP’s doctorate program consists of a rigorous study of the theoretical side of Peace Studies combined with experiential fieldwork in the area of conflict transformation and resolution. An important and distinguishing aspect of this program which differs from many other programs in the field of peace studies is the attention given to the relationship between “religiousness” and peacebuilding. One of the assumptions underlying the program’s emphasis on religious diversity and relationships is that religious and cultural dialogue can contribute to peaceful relations among different communities. Human “religiousness” can thus become a positive force for peace.

Payap recognizes that many deserving candidates who would benefit greatly from this program simply cannot afford to attend. The hope, then, would be that an individual who would otherwise not be able to attend, would take the knowledge and experience gained from this program back to their respective institutions and continue the important work of peace education. This scholarship will provide at least one individual from one of the UB’s partner institutions the opportunity to obtain valuable education and training in this critical field.


Amount: US$102,879 (3,069,909 THB)*
Date of grant: April 2011
Source of grant: American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA)
Title of proposal: Faculty of Pharmacy Laboratory Equipment (commodities)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Dr. Pichai Pirakitikulr, Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy

*2nd installment of US$500,000 grant

Project summary: With the help of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program, Payap was able to procure much need laboratory equipment for both its Pharmacy and Nursing programs. Payap was awarded US$500,000 (approx. 16,500,000 Thai baht) in grant monies from USAID/ASHA to purchase the necessary commodities. This requirement came about as a result of new governmental regulations pertaining to pharmaceutical education in Thailand. In December 2009, Payap was notified by the Pharmacy Council that basic pharmacy education at the university level would henceforth require a six (6) year program, up from the five (5) years previously mandated. Students would then be awarded a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD), rather than the previous Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy. Furthermore, pharmaceutical education would now include a “practitioner” component, which, in essence, would require pharmaceutical students to receive basic medical training, in addition to pharmacy-specific training.


Amount: US$3,535 (108,155 THB)
Date of grant: February 2011
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated Grants (various)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project donor: Mrs. Beverly Martyn
Project purpose: To support the general library fund

Project donor: Dale and Arlene Robb
Project purpose: To support the IRCP

Project donor: Rev. Hugh Outterson
Project purpose: To support faculty development at the McGilvary College of Divinity

Project donor: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Weber
Project purpose: To support the general faculty development fund

Project donor: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Pierce (in honor of John and Martha Butt)
Project purpose: To support the IRCP

Project donor: Ms. Jane E. Arp
Project purpose: To support student scholarships at the McGilvary College of Divinity

Project donor: Ms. Helen Knox Murphy
Project purpose: To support the general faculty development fund

Project donor: Mr. Randolph Jennings and Ms. Mary M. Griep
Project purpose: To support the general faculty development fund

Project donor: Mr. and Mrs. James P. Orwig
Project purpose: To support the general faculty development fund


Amount: US$387,117* (11,930,446 THB)
Date of grant: February 2011
Source of grant: American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA)
Title of proposal: Faculty of Pharmacy Laboratory Equipment (commodities)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Dr. Pichai Pirakitikulr, Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy

*1st installment of US$500,000 grant

Project summary: With the help of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program, Payap was able to procure much need laboratory equipment for both its Pharmacy and Nursing programs. Payap was awarded US$500,000 (approx. 16,500,000 Thai baht) in grant monies from USAID/ASHA to purchase the necessary commodities. This requirement came about as a result of new governmental regulations pertaining to pharmaceutical education in Thailand. In December 2009, Payap was notified by the Pharmacy Council that basic pharmacy education at the university level would henceforth require a six (6) year program, up from the five (5) years previously mandated. Students would then be awarded a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD), rather than the previous Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy. Furthermore, pharmaceutical education would now include a “practitioner” component, which, in essence, would require pharmaceutical students to receive basic medical training, in addition to pharmacy-specific training.


Amount: US$5,350 (160,378 THB)
Date of grant: December 2010
Source of grant: United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: Faculty Development in the Field of Peace Studies
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Dr. Mark Tamthai, Director, Institute of Religion, Culture, and Peace

Project summary: The objective of this project is to conduct a pilot training workshop in conflict transformation and peacebuilding for 20 nominated faculty members from selected institutions across Thailand. The aim is to assist the participants, upon completion of the workshop, to design, develop and teach a conflict transformation and peacebuilding course in their respective institutions.


Amount: US$5,260 (157,680 THB)
Date of grant: December 2010
Source of grant: United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: Beyond the Francis Seely Inter-Religious Dialogue Series
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Dr. Mark Tamthai, Director, Institute of Religion, Culture, and Peace

Project summary: The aim of this project is to reflect on the completed 5-year inter-religious dialogue series and to explore the potential of setting up a new series that will expand the frontiers of inter-religious dialogue. This workshop will also set the stage for the Inter-religious Dialogue Series for Pan Asia. This inter-religious dialogue will be a scaled-up version of the Francis Seely Inter-Religious Dialogue Series and will involve participants drawing from various Pan Asian countries. It is planned to be held for 3 consecutive years beginning in fiscal year 2011-2012.


Amount: US$1,321 (39,095 THB)
Date of grant: November 2010
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated Endowments (various)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project name: The Thorington-Guerrant Memorial Fund
Project purpose: To fund student scholarships for Hilltribe students

Project name: The Mr. and Mrs. DJ Westra Scholarship Fund
Project purpose: To fund nursing scholarships (for top students).


Amount: US$150 (4,215 THB)
Date of grant: October 2010
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated grants
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: NA

Project donor: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Weis
Project purpose: To fund Nursing Scholarships


Amount: US$100 (2,952 THB)
Date of grant: May 2010
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated Grants
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project donor: Mr. Thomas Robb
Project purpose: To fund scholarships at the McGilvary College of Divinity


Amount: US$13,000
Date of grant: April 2010
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: The United Board Fellows Program
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Vice President for Academic Affairs

Project summary: The UB Fellows program is a leadership program designed to benefit the Fellow’s professional career in higher education leadership, and to benefit the Fellow’s home institution. The UB funds and administers the Fellows program as an investment in the future development of institutions of higher education in Asia. The program’s success and outcomes depend on each Fellow’s full participation and on the home institution’s support for the Fellow’s participation.

Dr. Pisamai Kijknokool, the Dean of the Faculty of Science, has been selected to participate in the 2010-2012 UB Fellows program.


Amount: US$109,000 (3,516,865 THB)*
Date of grant: March 2010
Source of grant: The Henry Luce Foundation
Title of proposal: To Strengthen Theological Education at Payap University
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Dean, McGilvary College of Divinity

*3rd installment of US$330,000 grant

Project summary: The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities. Payap received a three-year grant in the amount of US$330,000 to support faculty development at the Payap University McGilvary College of Divinity. The grant was separated into three relatively equal installments. The first installment was received in March of 2008. In addition to faculty development, the funds will also be utilized to assists in faculty recruiting, student recruitment/scholarships, and funding the Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Peace.


Amount: US$100 (3,037 THB)
Date of grant: February 2010
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated Grants
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project donor: Mr. Randy Jennings
Project purpose: To fund Faculty Development


Amount: US$14,160 (465,581 THB)
Date of grant: January 2010
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated grants
Submitted by: International Development
Project leader: Various

Project name: McGilvary Faculty of Theology
Project purpose: Faculty development

Project name: Scholarships for the M-Div program.
Project purpose: To fund student scholarships.

Project name: Christian Communications Institute
Project purpose: Department support

Project name: Payap general
Project purpose: Faculty development

Project name: Institute for Religion, Culture, and Peace
Project purpose: Department support


Amount: US$8,000 (260,940 THB)
Date of grant: January 2010
Source of grant: The Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI)
Title of proposal: Equipping Thai Stateless Children with Legal Knowledge: Rights and a How-to Guide
Submitted by: International Development
Project leader: Dean, Faculty of Law

Project summary: The Payap University Legal Aid Club, an official student activity group of the Faculty of Law, provides legal assistance to stateless people by informing them of their legal rights, as well as assisting them to properly complete legal status applications. The Legal Aid Club seeks to further their mission. Through conducting internal and external workshops and interactive activities with the stateless community, this project aims to build a community with socially responsible future practitioners and to increase awareness of “Statelessness,” both among the stateless and Thai community. This problem is pronounced. A survey conducted in 2006 by the Children and Community Network Development Center estimated that there are roughly 100,000 stateless children living in Mae Hong Son province in Northwestern Thailand.


Amount: US$7,060 (232,621 THB)
Date of grant: December 2009
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: Regional Faculty Scholars program
Submitted by: International Development
Project leader: Dean, McGilvary College of Divinity

Project summary: The overall goal of the Regional Faculty Scholars Program is to provide faculty members of institutions from other countries in Asia an opportunity to study for their Master of Divinity at Payap University. The Master of Divinity degree is a comprehensive program of study designed to strengthen and support the life and ministry of the church and prepare students for the parish ministry.


Amount: US$8,171 (270,629 THB)
Date of grant: November 2009
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated Endowments (various)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project name: Institute of Religion, Culture, and Peace
Project purpose: To fund the Director’s position.

Project name: The Thorington-Guerrant Memorial Fund
Project purpose: To fund student scholarships for Hilltribe students.

Project name: The Mr. and Mrs. DJ Westra Scholarship Fund
Project purpose: To fund nursing scholarships (for top students).

Project name: PYU Endowment Fund
Project purpose: A permanent fund to be retained for future income.

Project name: J&V Skillman Fund
Project purpose: Deferred


Amount: US$150 (4,710 THB)
Date of grant: November 2009
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated Grants
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project donor: Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Weis
Project purpose: To fund nursing scholarships


Amount: US$7,000 (236,040 THB)
Date of grant: September 2009
Source of grant: United States Embassy (Bangkok)
Title of proposal: Peace and Conflict Resolution: Sharing Experiences and Exploring Opportunities
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Dr. Mark Tamthai, Director, IRCP

Project summary: The United States Embassy, through their Small Grants Program, has awarded Payap University US$7,000 (or 236,040 baht), to enable the Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace (IRCP) to conduct joint workshops with Yala Islamic University.

Background: In 2008, the IRCP developed a 30-hour General Education course on Peace and Reconciliation. This course is required for all undergraduate students at Payap beginning in June 2009. Both the Thai and U.S. governments (specifically the US Embassy BKK) have provided financial support for the development of this course. It has since become the model for this type of course in Thai higher education. At current, Payap University and Yala Islamic University are the only two institutions in Thailand conducting such a program.

The newly funded project will involve two 2-day workshops, each to be conducted at Payap University, Chiang Mai province and Yala Islamic University, Yala province. The two workshops will be held in October 2009 and March 2010. The workshops will focus on providing an overview of the General Education curriculum conducted by the host institution(s), course development, course contents and the challenges and successes of their respective courses. Each group will conduct a cross-examination of the General Education program of the host institution, followed by a discussion on how to improve content and delivery. The two institutions will also discuss issues pertaining to peacebuilding and explore the possibility of future partnerships and collaborations. The funding received will cover the travel expenses, accommodation, meal allowances and workshop materials.


Amount: US$3,440 (120,981 THB)
Date of grant: April 2009
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated Grants (various)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project name: Institute of Religion, Culture, and Peace
Project purpose: General

Project name: Scholarships for the M-Div program
Project purpose: To fund student scholarships.

Project name: Library fund
Project purpose: General

Project name: Faculty development
Project purpose: General


Amount: US$253,226 (8,956,620 THB)*
Date of grant: March 2009
Source of grant: American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA)
Title of proposal: Women’s Dormitory Project
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Dr. Pradit Takerngrangsarit, President, Payap University

*2nd installment of US$700,000 grant

Project summary: (Details included in the Jan 2009 Project Summary upon receipt of the 1st installment of this grant.)


Amount: US$109,000 (3,858,600 THB)*
Date of grant: March 2009
Source of grant: The Henry Luce Foundation
Title of proposal: To Strengthen Theological Education at Payap University
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Dr. Pradit Takerngrangsarit, President, Payap University

*2nd installment of US$330,000 grant

Project summary: The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities. Payap received a three-year grant in the amount of US$330,000 to support faculty development at the Payap University McGilvary College of Divinity. The grant was separated into three relatively equal installments. The first installment was received in March of 2008. In addition to faculty development, the funds will also be utilized to assists in faculty recruiting, student recruitment/scholarships, and funding the Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Peace.


Amount: US$267,467 (9,305,173 THB)*
Date of grant: January 2009
Source of grant: American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA)
Title of proposal: Women’s Dormitory Project
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Dr. Pradit Takerngrangsarit, President, Payap University

*1st installment of US$700,000 grant

Project summary: A good residential program is necessary today in Thailand in order to attract students. As a commuter school, Payap has had limited success in cultivating the kind of close identification with classmates and with the university that are hallmarks of western education. Students (and more importantly their parents) are carefully studying their options for post-secondary education. The parents of girls are especially interested in sending their children to institutions that provide good, safe housing. Female students make up roughly 65% of Payap’s student body.

With the help of ASHA/USAID, Payap is in the process of completing one of the most important projects in its short history. The new women’s dormitory will provide sufficient space to house nearly all of the in-coming first-year students who do not live at home or in one of Payap’s other dormitories for nursing, theology or international students. The new dormitory project will meet four pressing needs: 1) it will provide female Payap students with safe, well-maintained, supervised living spaces; 2) it will allow Payap to develop a residential life program that enhances each student’s university education; 3) it will stabilize the enrollment of Payap University, and 4) it will generate a revenue stream to cover the operating costs of the dormitory buildings and the residential life program. By establishing a strong residential life program, Payap hopes to help students build the social networks that will sustain them through their university years, as well as provide the foundations to propel their careers.


Amount: US$8,347.75 (295,239 THB)
Date of grant: December 2008
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Designated Grants (various)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project name: Institute of Religion, Culture, and Peace
Project purpose: To fund the Director’s position

Project name: The Thorington-Guerrant Memorial Fund
Project purpose: To fund student scholarships for Hilltribe students

Project name: The Mr. and Mrs. DJ Westra Scholarship Fund
Project purpose: To fund nursing scholarships (for top students).

Project name: PYU Endowment Fund
Project purpose: A permanent fund to be retained for future income.

Project name: General gifts for the M-Div and Nursing programs.
Project purpose: To fund student scholarships.

Project name: Women’s Dormitory
Project purpose: To help defray the cost of the Women’s Dorm project.


Amount: US$4,218 (144,635 THB)*
Date of grant: October 2008
Source of grant: United States Embassy (Bangkok)
Title of proposal: General Education course on Peace and Reconciliation
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Dr. Mark Tamthai, Director, IRCP

*1st installment of US$5,218 grant

Project summary: The Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace (IRCP) established at Payap University is developing a General Education course on Peace and Reconciliation. This course will be required for all undergraduate students (over 6,000) at Payap beginning in June 2009. This course will be a model for Thai higher education and has already garnered support from the Thai government. The IRCP Director, Dr. Mark Tamthai, will work closely with other departments at the University to coordinate and provide special lectures and training on the subject of Peace and Conflict Transformation. This is in preparation for the 80 faculty members from various departments within the university who will be teaching this course. Funds received from the US Embassy in Bangkok will be used to create the curriculum and obtain the necessary learning/teaching materials for the course. The funding will also enable the IRCP to conduct workshops and seminars for faculty training.


Amount: US$400,000 (13,355,422 THB)
Date of grant: October 2008
Source of grant: American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA)
Title of proposal: Faculty of Pharmacy Laboratory Equipment (commodities)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Dr. Pichai Pirakitikulr, Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy

Project summary: The Payap University Faculty of Pharmacy was established in the Academic Year 2006-2007. It has been oversubscribed every year since, testimony to the glaring need of this program within the community. The program was created with the lofty goal of providing the best pharmaceutical science education in Thailand. To achieve this goal would require both dedicated instructors and a top notch facility. The latter required substantial funding. The Faculty of Pharmacy determined it would need an extensive inventory of pharmaceutical equipment and accessories to enable the teaching professors to properly instruct the pharmacy student and to ensure compliance with federal regulations governing pharmaceutical education in Thailand. With the support of ASHA/USAID, Payap was able to obtain roughly 50% of the funds required to properly equip the laboratories of the Faculty of Pharmacy with the most up-to-date pharmaceutical equipment available. This equipment will be vital to the long-term education of pharmacy students at Payap University.


Amount: US$46,900 (1,591,884 THB)
Date of grant: September 2008
Source of grant: The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: United Board Program Grants (various)
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Various

Project name: Digital Library Project, Sirindhorn Learning Resource Center
Project summary: The goal of this project is to digitize artifacts of historical, cultural and academic significance from Northern Thailand. The Payap Library Staff, along with students, and consultants, will digitize a variety of historical and cultural artifacts using multiple media types, preserving important Northern Thailand heritage items. Once collected, organized, and catalogued, the items will be made available through various mediums including the Payap Website.

Project name: Doctorate program for Payap faculty, Faculty of Nursing
Project summary: The overall goal of this grant is to continue to strengthen the skills and qualifications of the Payap faculty in areas of strategic long-term importance. To this end, a grant was received to partially fund Ms. Naiyana Metha, McCormick Faculty of Nursing, to complete her doctoral studies in Nursing at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.

Project name: Faculty Development, Faculty of Nursing
Project summary: The grant received for this project will enable three faculty members from the McCormick Faculty of Nursing to participate in short course training at a host institution in the United States. Through these experiences, the faculty would develop their experience, knowledge and vision for the Nursing Faculty at Payap. The participants will be selected from Payap’s Nursing Faculty based on evaluation by the University Administration.

Project name: Regional Scholars, Master’s of Divinity Program
Project summary: This grant will provide opportunities for up to five students from depressed Asian countries to study in the International Master of Divinity (M-Div) program at the McGilvary Faculty of Theology, Payap University. The M-Div program was specifically designed for students from Thailand and the region who have the skills to study theology in English. The objective of this grant is to help strengthen the church leadership in the region. This scholarship assistance will aid students from Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries.


Amount: US$8,000 (265,727 THB)
Date of grant: June 2008
Source of grant: United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Title of proposal: Thai for Intermediate Learners Project
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Dr. Jenjit Gasigijtamrong, Instructor, Faculty of Liberal Arts

Project summary: The primary objective of this project is to create a Thai language and culture learning program. There are multiple benefits to this project. Firstly, this program is expected to provide a self-taught, web-based hypermedia program for learners of Thai as a foreign language so that they can improve their Thai language abilities to a higher than novice’s level. Secondly, the program will create well-designed materials that are supported by second language and foreign language learning theories, multimedia learning theory, and design theories. Finally, the program can be used by both individual learners and in the classroom environment and can be accessed worldwide through the internet.


Amount: US$112,000 (3,508,397 THB)*
Date of grant: March 2008
Source of grant: The Henry Luce Foundation
Title of proposal: To Strengthen Theological Education at Payap University
Submitted by: Office of Institutional Advancement
Project leader: Dr. Pradit Takerngrangsarit, President, Payap University

*1st installment of US$330,000 grant

Project summary: The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities. Payap received a three-year grant in the amount of US$330,000 to support faculty development at the Payap University McGilvary College of Divinity. The grant was separated into three relatively equal installments. The first installment was received in March of 2008. In addition to faculty development, the funds will also be utilized to assists in faculty recruiting, student recruitment/scholarships, and funding the Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Peace.


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