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Athens, Ga. - For the third successive year, the Freeman Foundation of Asia has awarded the University of Georgia funding to support the Asia-Georgia Internship connection (AGIC) to support undergraduate student internships in Asia. This year, the Foundation has doubled its previous support by providing a $200,000 award bringing their total funding to AGIC over the past three years to $400,000.  The Office of International Education is now receiving applications from undergraduate students for AGIC awards and will be making 40-50 awards of up to $5,000 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 supported forty three UGA students for internship in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Nepal, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

The experience of three UGA undergraduate students who received AGIC awards for summer 2014  captures the benefits of the experiential learning from the internships.

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, 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.”

The deadline for AGIC awards for Spring 2015 is October 24th, and for Summer and Fall 2015 scholarships is March 6th.  More information on the application process is available 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.