2011 News Articles
Two Benedictine students awarded scholarships by Chinese government

Two Benedictine students awarded scholarships by Chinese government
August 24, 2011

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Lisle, Illinois ~ Kathleen Thomas of Plainfield and Jasmine Ni of Richmond, Ohio, have been awarded full scholarships by the Chinese Government to study Chinese language and culture at a prestigious Chinese university for a semester.

The scholarships cover tuition, lodging, medical insurance, living allowance and learning materials. Thomas and Ni are the third and fourth Benedictine University students, respectively, to be awarded the scholarships.

Thomas, a senior Biology major and the daughter of Joyce Thomas of Plainfield and Gregory Thomas of Berwyn, will leave in late August for five months at Hohai University in Nanjing, China to study Chinese Language at the College of International Education.

"I had always wanted to study abroad, but figured I would travel to somewhere in Western Europe," Thomas said. "I traveled to China earlier this summer through a couple of my classes at Benedictine, and am really excited to return. I figure the next couple of months will be pretty challenging, but also a great opportunity."

Hohai University is the first institution of higher education in China that focused on a wide array of engineering subjects, particularly water resources. Hohai has more than 33,000 students including more than 9,000 graduate students.

Ni, a sophomore majoring in International Business and Economics and the daughter of Eddie and Ling Ling of Richmond, Ohio, will leave in February 2012 for five months at Southeast University (SEU) in Nanjing, China, to study Advanced Chinese at the College of International Students.

Founded in 1902, SEU is administered by the Ministry of Education and is one of the top 10 scientific research and development universities in China. SEU has more than 27,000 students of whom 10,000 are postgraduates.

The Chinese Government Scholarship program was established by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China in accordance with exchange agreements reached between the Chinese government and other countries, organizations and educational institutions to provide scholarships to international students and scholars.

The scholarship program is administered by the China Scholarship Council and aims to develop educational and cultural exchanges and economic and trade cooperation between China and other countries, and strengthen the friendship and understanding between Chinese people and the people of other countries.

Thomas and Ni follow in the footsteps of Benedictine graduates Joy Holowicki of Franklin Park and Adam Baldocchi of Glen Ellyn, who studied in China during the 2010-2011 academic year.

"Adam and Joy both benefited significantly from the Chinese Government Scholarship Program," said Elsie Yuan, director of the Asia Institute at Benedictine University. "We thank the Chinese Government and the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago for the generous scholarship and their incredible support."

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked among "America's Top Colleges" by Forbes magazine and as a "Top School in the Midwest - Master's Universities" by U.S. News & World Report.