KU News Release

March 11, 2011
Contact: Mary Jane Dunlap, University Relations, 785-864-8855

KU junior earns scholarship to participate in exchange program in South Korea

LAWRENCE — A University of Kansas junior from Salina has been selected to represent KU in South Korea for a week during spring break.

Sarah Shier is one of 75 students selected nationally by the Council on International Educational Exchange, a world-leader in international education and student exchange, to participate in the second annual South Korea Scholarship Program.

Students receive a scholarship to travel to Seoul, South Korea, from March 18 to 25 to attend academic lectures, tours and cultural excursions. The program is also known as the Korea-U.S. Youth Network and is designed to foster understanding and diplomacy between the U.S. and South Korea.

Shier leaves March 17 for the week-long program in Seoul. An international studies and political science major, she learned about the scholarship last fall and applied online.

“I wanted to visit Korea because of its interesting political dynamics,” she said. “The country of South Korea has played an increasingly important role in the international community and I hope to familiarize myself with its culture and politics.”

Shier is the daughter of Jane Shier and Dennis Giersch, both of Salina, and is a Salina High School Central graduate.

Yonsei University, the program’s host, is South Korea’s oldest and most acclaimed university.

The Council on International Educational Exchange has partnered with the Korea Foundation, a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting awareness and understanding of Korea throughout the international community, to enhance goodwill and friendship through the implementation of international exchange programs.

The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. University Relations is the central public relations office for KU's Lawrence campus.

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