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Nov. 4, 2005
Contact: Bill Tsutsui, Kansas/Asia Scholars Program, (785) 864-9435.

KU honors fourth class of 25 Kansas/Asia scholars Nov. 9 in Spencer Art Museum

LAWRENCE -- The new class of 25 Kansas/Asia Scholars, sponsored through a $2 million grant to the University of Kansas to broaden understanding of East Asia among Kansans, will be recognized in ceremonies at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Spencer Museum of Art Central Court.

In late May and early June 2006, nine of the new scholars will travel to China, nine to Japan and seven to Korea. On their return, they will commit 20 hours of community service to teach others in Kansas about what they have learned while in Asia.

Dale Seuferling, KU Endowment Association president, will join faculty from KU's Center for East Asian Studies to honor the students selected this year for the Kansas/Asia Scholars (KAS) program. Now in its fourth and final year, the KAS program is funded by a $2 million grant to the KU Endowment Association from the Freeman Foundation of New York City and Stowe, Vt. It is intended to help connect Kansans with the people and businesses of Asia. The grant also seeded four faculty positions at KU. Funds are being used to send KU students to Japan, South Korea and China on three-week study tours and to establish the Kansas/Asia Community Connection, a program that strengthens ties between Kansans in agriculture and business with their counterparts in Asia. More information is available online at www.asiakan.org/.

Kansas/Asia Scholars will see aspects of the country that few tourists do. For example, in China, business students will study emerging capitalism and work with people involved in trade policy and American businesses. In South Korea, social welfare students plan to work side by side with Korean social workers.

The scholars will receive academic credit for their study tours and pay KU tuition to do so. Their travel expenses, including airfare and lodging, are covered by the Kansas/Asia Scholars program. (See: www.kas.ku.edu for more information.)

The names of the Kansas/Asia Scholars, their hometowns, parents' names, the country they will visit, majors and high school alma maters (when available) are listed online at www.news.ku.edu/2005/November/Nov4/kanasianame.shtml

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