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

KU students win Freeman scholarships to study in Asia, 3rd Gilman award

LAWRENCE -- Two University of Kansas juniors have won national Freeman-Asia scholarships for study abroad in Asia next year, the KU Office of Study Abroad has announced.

Recipients are Jonathan Evenson, Fort Polk, La., senior, and John Casey O'Donnell, Lawrence senior. Evenson also has been named the third KU recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad.

A total of 23 KU students have received the Freeman-Asia scholarship since the program began in 2000. The primary goal of the national competitive Freeman-Asia Award Program is to increase the number of American undergraduates studying in East and Southeast Asia. In the past, there have been few funding opportunities for study abroad in Asia. However, with the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, the Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the Freeman-Asia Award Program to give more American undergraduate students the means to study in Asia. Freeman-Asia Award Program scholars are expected to share their experiences with their home campuses to encourage study abroad in Asia and to spread greater understanding of Asian peoples and cultures within their home communities.

Since it began, the Freeman-Asia Award Program has supported more than 2,000 U.S. undergraduates with their study abroad plans in East and Southeast Asia.

Gilman scholarships are competitive awards for U.S. undergraduate students who receive federal Pell Grant funding at a two- or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs. The Gilman International Scholarship Program was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, this congressionally funded program is administered by the IIE.

For more information on previous Gilman scholarship winners at KU this year, see

For more information on how to apply for study abroad in Asia and the Freeman-Asia scholarship, contact Renée Frias, program coordinator in the Office of Study Abroad, at (785) 864-3742.

The new KU Freeman-Asia and Gilman scholarship winners, their parents' names and their majors are listed below.

From Lawrence and Silver City, N.M.
John Casey O'Donnell, senior in English (creative writing emphasis), will study at the University of Hong Kong. He is the son of Tim O'Donnell and Karen Murphy, Silver City, N.M. O'Donnell will study literature, creative writing and history during his time in Hong Kong. He is interested in languages, particularly the differences in languages and the resultant imagery in artistic writings. Though courses at the university are taught in English, O'Donnell, who is proficient in Korean, has interest in acquiring a third language.

From Overland Park and Fort Polk, La.
Jonathan Evenson, Fort Polk, La., senior in East Asian languages and cultures (Korean studies), international studies and political science, will study at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. He is the son of Patricia Decker of Overland Park, and is a graduate of Grandview C4 Senior High School, Grandview, Mo. During his studies, he plans to take courses designed to build a deeper knowledge of North and South Korea policy and social structures, as well as to provide intensive language experience.

From Fort Polk
Jonathan Evenson. See Johnson County, Kan.

From Silver City
John Casey O'Donnell. See Douglas County, Kan.


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