Occidental College Alumni Awarded Huayu and Taiwan Scholarships
American Studies major Trevor Fay ’09 was awarded the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship this year, making him the 10th Occidental College graduate to be awarded a scholarship from the Taiwan Ministry of Education since 2006.
The Huayu scholarship and Taiwan Scholarship help international students to learn about the country’s development, cultural heritage and study Mandarin Chinese at a Taiwanese university, according to Politics Professor Tsung Chi, who recommended the Oxy alumni and is a graduate of Taiwan’s National Chengchi University (NCCU).
The three- to 12-month Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, which comes with a monthly $735 stipend, helps students acquire a better command of Mandarin. Last year, Oxy Class of 2008 alumnae Caitlyn Bridenstine (Critical Theory and Social Justice), Julia Decker (Asian Studies) and Lauren Moffett (Group Language) received the scholarship as did music major Jean Duong ’07 the year before. Decker and Moffett studied at National Taiwan University and Bridenstine and Duong studied at National Taiwan Normal University.
Two recent Oxy alumni received the Taiwan Scholarship. In 2008, Diplomacy and World Affairs major Spencer Robert Jemelka ’08 was awarded this three-year scholarship, which allows him to study Mandarin for one year and earn a master’s degree in the subsequent years at NCCU. The scholarship comes with a monthly postgraduate stipend of $882. In 2007, Jonathan Woodside ’07 (DWA) received the Taiwan Scholarship and also studied at NCCU.