International Scholarship Awards Open Doors to Japan
July 7, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – With the help of nationwide need-based scholarship awards, Illinois
Wesleyan University students Celeste Nunez and Tyler Rhodes will spend the fall semester
studying in Japan. Nunez, class of ’09, is one of over a thousand students across
the United States selected in 2008 to receive the highly competitive Benjamin A. Gilman
International Scholarship, which awards an average of $4,000 per winner. Rhodes, class
of ’10, will receive funding from the Freeman Awards for Study in Asia, a program
that, in the past eight years, has aided over three thousand U.S. undergraduates studying
abroad in East and Southeast Asia.
Nunez, a French major, will study with the Institute for International Exchange (IES)
at Nanazn University in Nagoya, a port city of two million residents. Rhodes, an international
studies major, will spend his semester in Tokyo with the IES Japanese Society and
Culture Program offered in connection with Kanda University.
In addition to Nunez and Rhodes, Melanie Bise, a class of ’10 international studies
major with a focus on Asian studies, will spend a full year studying at Keio University.
Since the fall of 2003, IWU has sent 16 students on semester- or year-long study abroad
programs in Japan, three to study in both China and South Korea, and two to study
According to Stacey Shimizu, acting director of the International Office, “Study abroad
has immense benefits, not only in terms of students’ academic growth and intellectual
engagement but also in that it helps students learn about themselves, their values,
and their untapped abilities and competencies. Both the Gilman and Freeman programs
bring study abroad within the reach of students for whom it might be too expensive.”
The Gilman scholarship, supported by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs, and the Institute of International Education, seeks to increase
the total number of undergraduates able to study abroad each year by reaching out
to students with demonstrated financial need, while also promoting non-traditional
study abroad destinations. For additional information about the Gilman scholarship,
visit the official Web site at http://www.iie.org//programs/gilman/index.html.
Funded by the Freeman Foundation and the Institute of International Education, Freeman-ASIA
promotes and assists undergraduate study exclusively in East and Southeast Asia. The
organization believes that first-hand experience is critical for students who wish
to gain an understanding of the language and culture of the region, which is becoming
increasingly prominent due to globalization. Once they have returned to the U.S.,
Freeman-ASIA award-winners are asked to share the knowledge they gained with their
home campuses and communities. For additional information about the Freeman Award,
visit the official Web site at http://www.iie.org/programs/Freeman%2DASIA/.
To learn more about IWU study abroad in Asia, contact Shimizu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Teresa A. Sherman, (309) 556-3181