Students make return trips abroad through Freeman-Asia scholarships

Three students received a national scholarship aimed at providing students with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its people and cultures.

UNG seniors Elias Keif from Cumming, Georgia; JaMia Lawrence from Dacula, Georgia; and junior Megan Shockley from Wilmington, Delaware, recently received the Freeman-Asia scholarship, which helps U.S.-based undergraduates to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Its goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with firsthand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.

It isn’t the first scholarship for this trio, all of whom studied in Taiwan this summer. All three received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship earlier this year. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the Institute of International Education, the Gilman program offers scholarships of up to $5,000.

“Because of this scholarship I am able to enjoy my time abroad and focus on learning,” Lawrence said. “I don’t have to worry about finances, which is rare for me.”