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Aug. 23, 2006
Contact: Stacey Satchell, Office of Study Abroad, (785) 864-7812 .

KU students win Freeman-ASIA scholarships to study abroad

LAWRENCE — Seven University of Kansas students have won national Freeman-ASIA scholarships for study abroad programs in China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.

A total of 31 KU students have received Freeman-ASIA scholarships since the program began in 2000. The primary goal of the Freeman-ASIA Award Program is to increase the number of American undergraduates studying in East and Southeast Asia.

Freeman-ASIA scholars are expected to share their experiences with their home campuses to encourage study abroad in Asia and to spread greater understanding of Asian people and cultures within their home communities.

Since it began, the Freeman-ASIA Award Program has supported more than 2,500 American undergraduates.

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.

This year’s KU Freeman-ASIA scholarship winners, their parents’ names and majors are listed below.

From Lawrence
Mariah Richardson, a senior majoring in international business administration, will study finance and international marketing and management at the University of Hong Kong for the fall 2006 semester. She is the daughter of Deborah Snyder and John Richardson.

Julian Portillo, a senior majoring in finance, will study finance and business at the University of Hong Kong for the fall 2006 semester. He is the son of Gerald and Josephine Portillo and a Shawnee Mission Northwest High School graduate.

From Overland Park
Shan Lu, a sophomore majoring in pre-pharmacy and biology, studied East Asian civilization and economics at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea, during the summer 2006 term. She is the daughter of Li Wang.

From Leawood
Michael Sothan, a senior majoring in East Asian languages and cultures and Latin American studies, studied Mandarin Chinese at CET-Beijing Institute for Education during the summer 2006 term and will continue his studies at a Chinese university to be determined. Sothan will be concentrating on Chinese language, history and culture courses while abroad. He is the son of Terri Dory.

From Wichita
Rick Edward Winfrey is majoring in East Asian languages and cultures. This summer, Winfrey studied Japanese at the Hokkaido International Foundation in Hakodate, Japan. Winfrey will continue his studies for the 2006-07 academic year at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, where he will continue his concentration on Japanese studies and language acquisition. Winfrey is a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He is the son of Ted Cary and Ginnie Winfrey-Cary and a graduate of Wichita Northwest High School.

From Silver Lake
Peter Bollig, a senior majoring in philosophy and political science, will study philosophy and contemporary Chinese society at the University of Hong Kong for the fall 2006 semester. He is the son of Jerry Bollig.

From Yates Center
R.D. Andrew Stark is a junior majoring in East Asian languages and cultures and microbiology. Stark will study at Obirin University in Tokyo, Japan, for the 2006-07 academic year. He is the son of Ronald and Judith Stark and a graduate of Yates Center High School.


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