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Pacific Student Receives Prestigious Fulbright-Hays Grant

Dec 10, 2010

Stephen Lee

Pacific student Stephen Lee '12 was notified last week that he will receive a prestigious Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Program grant. Stephen, a double major in the Eberhardt School of Business and the College of the Pacific, will receive $10,000 to help pay for expenses while he is enrolled in the CIEE Study Center's Intensive Chinese Language and Culture program in Taipei in the spring 2011 semester. 

"I am honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award supporting my studies in Taipei, Taiwan at National Chengchi University next semester," Stephen said in an e-mail to family and friends that was sent last week. "I look forward to deepening my knowledge of the Chinese language and culture so that I may serve as a bridge between the U.S. and Asia and bring about better intercultural understanding."

Junior Year Abroad

Stephen is spending his junior year overseas: he is currently studying at Reitaku University in Japan and will transfer to National Chengchi University in Taiwan in February 2011. He is majoring in Business Administration, with an emphasis on accounting and international business, and in Asian Language Studies, with an emphasis on Japanese and Chinese.

The grant is part of the Fulbright-Hays Act, which provides funding for four overseas study programs for college students each year. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to promote diplomacy and cultural awareness through international education.  Only full-time students are eligible for the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Award.  College seniors and recent graduates may apply for the Fulbright research and English teaching assistantships overseas.

For more information about Fulbright-Hays scholarships and grants, visit http://www.ed.gov/ope/iegps.

SALtravelTV: Sharing His Experience With Others

Through the College of the Pacific, Stephen received a Pacific Fund grant of $1,500 to produce a video blog of his experiences participating in Pacific's Study Abroad program.  He will be taking video footage throughout his journey, from pre-departure until his return. The videos are posted on his YouTube channel, SALtravelTV. He is also maintaining a blog. The videos and blog postings will give other students a better idea of what it's like to study abroad and be immersed in the culture and language of foreign countries.  Pacific was ranked as one of the best institutions in the country for students interested in studying overseas.*

Stephen said, "I hope my videos provide joy, laughter and entertainment along with an educational lesson."

Learn more about Pacific's Study Abroad program.

* The Institute of International Education institutions ranked Pacific 14th in the U.S. for international study programs. The ranking appeared in the annual report "Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange," released Nov. 15, 2011.