Friday, 3rd August 2012
Multiple scholarship winners off to China
Six students from Canberra Grammar School are celebrating the incredible news that they have received scholarships to study at university in China next year.
The elated students have been awarded the Confucius Institute Scholarships, based on their outstanding Chinese proficiency test results.
The group of students will be studying at various universities in China to increase their knowledge of the Chinese language, whilst being immersed in the local culture.
The scholarship winners are:
Harrison Barnett - to study at Shanghai University
Jeremy Ellingham - to study at Peking University
Kevin Kelly - to study at Shanghai Fudan University
Sheehan Lim - to study at Peking University
Christopher Parr - to study at Beijing Jiaotong University
Eoin White - to study at Beijing Language and Culture University
The scholarship is provided to outstanding students of Chinese language across the world, allowing the scholarship winner to study majors including Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese Philosophy.
"I began learning Chinese in 2008 out of interest for a non-Latin based language, having previously only studied French and Latin" says scholarship winner Christopher Parr. "Since then, my interest in the language has grown and evolved into a passion not only for the language, but for the country and culture as well! For me, receivinf the Confucius Scholarship is a life-changing opportunity and something that I know will shape my future in both a personal and career-based way".
Preference for scholarships is usually given to existing university students, making the six full scholarships received by Canberra Grammar School students exceptional. This is also the first time the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide has succeeded in securing the scholarship for high school students.
"To have six students from one School simultaneously win such competitive scholarships to study at top universities in China is absolutely extraordinary and an enormous credity to our teaching staff" said Dr Justin Garrick, Head of School. "We are thrilled for the boys and are sure they will have an incredible experience in China".
The Year 12 students are all non-native Chinese speakers and have been studying the language for only four years.