KAYLA GALLIK AND JOHN PIEGORS RECEIVED FULL SCHOLARSHIP FROM THE CHINA SCHOLARSHIP COUNCIL.
The Scholarship is set up by the Ministry of Education of People’s Republic of China to promote mutual understanding and collaboration in politics, economy, and culture between China and other countries. The scholarship sponsors international students, teachers and scholars to study and research in Chinese universities.
Kayla Gallik is currently a senior enrolled at Iowa State University majoring in English and minoring in Chinese Studies. Excited to study abroad, Kayla plans to spend the money awarded studying Chinese language and culture intensively for an entire year in Beijing, China. Admitted into Beijing Foreign Studies University (北京外国语大学), Kayla hopes that she will get the chance to meet many new people, explore the sites, and make some new friends along the way! Hoping to teach English overseas in China after she graduates, she also hopes that she’ll get the chance to partake in an internship while studying abroad so that she may garner experience teaching English as a second language first hand.
John Piegors is a Bio-Chem and Pre-Law major, as well as a Chinese minor. He is in his 2nd year at Iowa State. He will use the scholarship to intensively study language, as well as Pre-Law, at Beijing Foreign Studies University during the next academic year. With the experience he garners, his after graduation plan is to eventually work for a law firm or bio-medical company in China in the area of patent law, a currently underdeveloped field. While in China, he is looking forward to eating amazing food, making new friends, playing table tennis (he is currently the ISU table tennis club president), and especially visiting the numerous incredible landmarks and historical sites throughout China. Additionally, he plans on spending some time teaching English and/or piano. This once in a lifetime experience will both improve his critical language learning skills, and allow him to immerse himself in the unique and extensive Chinese culture.
LAURELIN HAAS RECEIVED THE NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION PROGRAM DAVID L. BOREN SCHOLARSHIP.
Funded by the National Security Education Program, Boren Scholarships provide American undergraduate students with the resources “to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.” Laurelin is a sophomore studying Community and Regional Planning and Environmental Studies from Muscatine, Iowa. She will be studying abroad for a full academic year in China. The scholarship will provide Laurelin with full funding for her time abroad, and she is excited to continue her journey towards Chinese fluency while studying courses related to her major. To learn more about the Boren scholarship program, visit: www.borenawards.org
CONNOR CLARKE RECEIVED TAIWAN-US ALLIANCE AMBASSADOR SCHOLARSHIP
Connor is a junior majoring in History. For the upcoming summer he will study in Taiwan for two months. He will study at one of the premier universities in the world, National Cheng Kung University, which is located in Tainan, Taiwan. The program begins July 1, and ends August 22. Connor will participate in a series of Mandarin Chinese language classes, cultural classes, cultural excursions, language exchanges, host family stays, and opportunities to volunteer teaching English. This will be a great experience for him to further his Mandarin language ability both written and oral, as well as bring him closer to his career goal of becoming a Professor of Chinese history.