In March of 2012, Sho Funai, who had just embarked on a promising engineering career, was killed by a drunk driver. He was just 23 years old.
Sho graduated as the valedictorian of his high school, graduated magna cum laude from his undergraduate studies, and earned perfect grades through graduate school. A few months before graduating from his master's program, he had already started working as a fulltime engineer at an aerospace firm.
But nobody talked about any of that during his funeral. They shared memories of how he had offered them a ride home or how he had invited a lone person to join their study group. They came that day to show a glimpse of how one life had touched so many others, to say thank you for those acts of kindness. What was so striking about his many accomplishments was how generously he gave of himself to so many people.
The Sho Funai Educational Foundation was established to commemorate Sho, who was not only an exceptional student, but also someone who embraced many interests and served others with kindness and generosity. The foundation has the goal of promoting academic opportunities, particularly supporting those who uphold the values that Sho embodied.
We do things the right way with integrity and respect. Our focus is on making an impact with an unapologetic dedication to high quality work.
We want our curiosity and interests to guide what we do. We believe that being driven by our curiosity inspires passion and nurtures flow.
We believe that eulogy virtues--those that are talked about at one's funeral--are as important as résumé virtues. We want to surround ourselves with people who see the good in others and work with kindness, generosity and humility.
We celebrate diversity and believe that a wide range of experiences enhances relationships and outcomes. We value unique and empathetic people who can see the picture from outside the frame.
Thank you for giving to the Sho Funai Educational Foundation. Your generous contribution helps us fulfill our mission to commemorate the legacy of Sho Funai. The Sho Funai Educational Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation.
THE SHO FUNAI EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION IS A NONPROFIT 501(C)(3) CORPORATION.
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