ETS Announces the Winners of its 2011 Academic Scholarships in China
TOEFL® and TOEIC® Programs Award US$150,000 to Chinese students
Princeton, N.J. (July 12, 2011) —
At a press conference this afternoon in Beijing, Educational Testing Service (ETS) Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Walt MacDonald announced the 128 ETS Scholarship winners for 2011. This is the second year ETS offers scholarship program in China.
Forty-eight TOEFL scholarships valued at approximately RMB534,000 (US$82,500) were awarded to students in China mainland. These included three RMB32,000 (US$5,000) scholarships and 45 RMB9,500 (US$1,500) scholarships for academic study in the United States, U.K., Canada and other countries. The 2011 awards represented an increase of more than RMB130,000 (US$20,000) in award funding over the 2010 TOEFL Scholarship Program.
In addition, ETS's 2011 TOEIC Scholarship Program honored 80 high-performing Chinese students by awarding a total RMB480,000 (US$74,000) for academic study in 2011. Forty TOEIC scholarships of RMB8,000 (US$1,200) each were awarded to students seeking a bachelor's degree at a university in China and 40 TOEIC Bridge scholarships of RMB4,000 (US$600) were awarded to students seeking a degree at a vocational college in China.
"ETS strongly believes in promoting equity and excellence in education around the world," said Dr. MacDonald. "For the second consecutive year, the ETS Scholarship Program has recognized Chinese students that have excelled in the classroom and are dedicated to meeting their educational goals. We wish the 2011 TOEFL, TOEIC and TOEIC Bridge Scholarship Winners the best as they continue to meet success and pursue their career aspirations."
"The comprehensiveness of the TOEFL test justifies the scores that each individual receives. The strictness of the test ensures that individuals receive their deserved score. With the TOEFL test I was able to receive a scholarship that helped cover the rest of my tuition, truly realizing the dream of a free tertiary education." said Yang Jingyu, a TOEFL scholarship winner who is going to study in McGill University in Canada.
"It's one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had in my life. I met a lot of friends and enjoyed the whole process. Thanks to ETS to provide me with this opportunity and I'll work harder in my future career and my study." said Zhao Rui, a TOEIC scholarship winner from Harbin Institute of Technology.
For more than 45 years, the TOEFL test has been the most widely accepted English- language assessment worldwide. The TOEFL test is currently recognized by more than 8,000 institutions around the world, including the U.K., Canada, Australia, and the United States. A complete listing of institutions accepting TOEFL scores is available in the TOEFL Destinations Directory.
With more than six million tests administered last year, the TOEIC tests are the global standard for assessing workplace English-language communication skills for companies, institutions and government agencies around the world. The TOEIC tests are currently used by more than 10,000 organizations in 120 countries worldwide.
At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries worldwide. www.ets.org
About ETS Scholarship Winners Selection Criteria
The ETS Scholarship winners are selected using various criteria that allow ETS to identify exemplary Chinese students. Criteria for winning the TOEFL Scholarship included a valid TOEFL score, strong academic record, thoughtful essay, clear and concise responses to free-response questions, and extracurricular activities. Criteria for winning the TOEIC and TOEIC Bridge Scholarships included a valid TOEIC score, strong academic record, letter of recommendation, concise responses to scholarship application questions and extracurricular activities. The TOEIC scholarship also requires an interview with the TOEIC Scholarship Committee.
About Scholarship and Recognition Programs (SRP)
ETS Scholarship and Recognition Programs (SRP), which annually allocates millions of dollars in new and renewable awards in the United States and abroad, has been involved in the coordination of the ETS Scholarship Programs in China. In addition to program consultation, SRP developed application materials and guidelines for the review of applications.