Alumni Offer Aid for International Students in Yale’s Environment School

Pierre N. Hauser II ’82 and Dr. Abigail E. Disney ’81

Thanks to Dr. Abigail E. Disney ’82 and her husband, Pierre N. Hauser II ’82, students from developing countries have an opportunity to study at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

“We are extremely grateful to Abby Disney and Pierre Hauser for their ongoing support of our highest fundraising priority: scholarship aid for master’s degree students at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies,” said Sir Peter Crane, dean of the School. “They have chosen to direct their current-use gift to immediate and significant support of the education of tomorrow’s environmental leaders.”

Since 2003, Disney and Hauser have made annual gifts to support financial aid in the School, benefitting students from Tanzania, Kenya, India, Singapore, Japan, the Philippines, and Peru. They also contribute to Yale College scholarships through the Yale Alumni Fund.

The scholarship support provided by Disney and Hauser has allowed international students to engage in a wide variety of interest areas, including water and conservation, sustainable development of Sub-Saharan Africa, byproducts and waste reuse in industrial ecosystems, the interface of environmental science and business, conservation and restoration of forests, management of protected areas, and the social dimensions of biodiversity conservation.

Both Silliman College alumni, Disney and Hauser are cofounders of the Daphne Foundation, which makes grants to grassroots organizations within low-income communities in New York City. In addition, Disney is a filmmaker, and her first film, the feature-length documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, is available online at starting in mid-October. The award-winning movie was shown on the Yale campus October 1.

(October 8, 2009)

October 8, 2009