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July 12, 2005
Contact: Stacey Satchell, Office of Study Abroad, (785) 864-7812.

KU junior wins 2 scholarships to study abroad in Japan this fall

LAWRENCE -- Brendan Hubbs, University of Kansas junior majoring in East Asian languages and cultures from Jefferson City, Mo., has won two scholarships for study in Japan during the 2005-06 academic year.

He received a scholarship from the Bridging Project for Study Abroad in Japan, and the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) scholarship, formerly known as the Association of International Education, Japan, scholarship.

Hubbs was one of 76 students selected nationally from 400 applicants for the Bridging Project scholarship.

With the scholarships, Hubbs will study Japanese language, literature, history and culture at Obirin University in Tokyo. His goal, in addition to mastery of the Japanese language, is to "gain a more cogent understanding of the Japanese world and observe a society in a way that moves beyond the perspective of a textbook."

He is the son of John Hubbs, Jefferson City, and Christine Gardener, Columbia, Mo., and is a graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia.

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, an independent federal agency promoting mutual understanding between the United States and Japan, initiated the Bridging Project scholarship program. A total of 585 scholarships, including three to KU students, have been awarded to students studying in Japan since 1999, when the scholarship program began.

JASSO conducts programs to provide scholarships and educational loans to international students, promote study abroad, and create a base for international exchange, along with improving preparatory Japanese language education.

Students who are interested in applying for either of these scholarships for study in Japan should contact Renée Frias, program coordinator, Office of Study Abroad, at (785) 864-3742.


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