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Athens, Ga. - University of Georgia students can apply for scholarship to intern in East Asia during 2015. Applications for the Asia-Georgia Internship Connection (AGIC) for undergraduates to intern in Asia in spring 2014 are due Oct. 24. The application deadline for summer and fall 2015 scholarships is March 6. 

This is the third year UGA has received grant support from the Freeman Foundation to provide UGA students with the opportunity to enrich their international experiences. For 2015, AGIC has a $200,000 grant, which will provide students with up to $5,000 individual awards, based on student financial need.

“I'm thrilled to see a significant increase in support for UGA student global experiences in Asia from the Freeman Asia Scholarship fund,” said Yana Cornish, education abroad director. “It speaks to the national recognition of the institutional efforts in education abroad.  Many thanks to Ms. Colleen Larson, education abroad advisor, for her efforts to secure this funding that will benefit 40+ UGA students with financial needs.”

In 2014, AGIC made awards of up to $2,500 to forty three UGA students for internship in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Nepal, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. 
The formation of the AGIC has allowed UGA to enhance and expand Asian reach, and to concentrate a higher proportion of that student participation in internships. Further, as shown in the students’ report from the previous year, the internship program allowed them to complete significant projects as they were fulfilling academic requirements for their degrees.

Three UGA undergraduate students who received AGIC awards for summer 2014 described their experiences as follows:

Dumbi Ogbechie, a Management Information Systems major, from Lawrenceville, GA, worked as an intern, teaching English in a temple school, through the Friends for Asia - Teaching English in Temple Schools, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. “One of the many lessons I took away from my time in Thailand was how powerful the English language truly is and the impact it has on both educational and personal aspirations, said Ogbechie. “I am fully aware of how fortunate I was to receive the Freeman Asia grant because not only did I grow as a person by improving my communication and teaching skills, I also obtained a greater appreciation and understanding for Eastern culture.” 

Hannah Moon, from Monroe, GA, is currently a master’s student in the College Student Affairs Administration, served as an intern with the International Office at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), in Hong Kong. “Receiving the Freeman Asia Grant opened a world of opportunity for me to engage in my academic studies and professional interests on a global scale,” said Moon. “The Freeman Asia Grant allowed me to spend my summer interning in Hong Kong at the International Office of Hong Kong Baptist University. Not only was the internship one of the most exhilarating experiences of my graduate career, but it also provided me with tangible and meaningful knowledge and skills to pursue a profession in Student Affairs Administration and International Education.”

Jason Rahsaan Moffitt, a Business Management major, from Covington, GA, worked as an intern in Chiang Mai, Thailand, teaching English to 4th-9th graders. “My one month overseas was both enriching and enlightening as I was able to see firsthand how other cultures live, learn and work together as a community,” said Moffit. “In just one month, I accomplished more than just teaching a different language; I was able to learn from my students in more ways than one, acculturate into community vastly different than what I am accustomed to, and build lifelong friendships that will stand the test of time.”

For more information on the 2015 Asia-Georgia Internship Connection, undergraduates can contact education abroad advisers at the Office of International Education, calling 706-542-2900. Applicants are encouraged to work with an education abroad adviser prior to finalizing their AGIC application online. 
Additional information on the scholarship is online at http://international.uga.edu/education_abroad/financial_aid_and_scholarships/

About the Freeman Foundation
The Freeman Foundation was established in 1994 through the bequest and in memory of the businessman and benefactor Mansfield Freeman. The foundation, a private and philanthropic foundation, based in Stowe, Vermont, seeks to assist colleges and universities in expanding opportunities for U.S. students to work as interns in East and Southeast Asia, as part of their undergraduate or graduate studies.