TOEFL® Scholarship Winners

TOEFL® Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students from all over the world and help them to fulfill their dream of studying at the university/college of their choice. We would like to congratulate our TOEFL Scholarship winners and wish them the very best as they take the next step toward realizing their educational goals.

2014 Winners

Japan
Alisa Fukatsu
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology from Princeton University
  • Country of Study: United States
Ayano Kase
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in architecture from Columbia University
  • Country of Study: United States
Hajime Odagawa
  • Pursuing a master's degree in public affairs/administration from Harvard University
  • Country of Study: United States
Reiko Wakita
  • Pursuing a master's degree in law from Columbia University
  • Country of Study: United States
Sara Ganaha
  • Pursuing a master's degree in neurosurgery from Johns Hopkins University
  • Country of Study: United States
Tomoya Hasegawa
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in engineering from Harvard University
  • Country of Study: United States
Korea
Ah-Ra Lee
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in nano chemical engineering from Soonchunhyang University
Gwang-Uk Lee
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in public administration from Pai Chai University
Hye-On Kim
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in history from Pusan National University
Hyun-Ah Jang
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in business administration from Dong-A University
Jae-Won Kang
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in English language and literature from the University of Seoul
Jang-Mi Kim
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in hotel and convention management from Catholic University of Daegu
Ji-Eun Lee
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in hotel and convention management from Pai Chai University
Ji-Hoon Jung
  • Pursuing a master's degree in international development cooperation from Handong Global University
Jin-Ah Kim
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in precision mechanical engineering from Gangneung-Wonju National University
Ji-Soo Choi
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology from Choongang University
Ji-Yeon Choi
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in law from Sookmyung Women's University
Jong-Suk Kim
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Ulsan
Jue-Eun Choi
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in business administration from Yonsei University
Kyung-Joo Song
  • Pursuing a master's degree in electrical engineering from Hanyang University
Min-Hae Park
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in restaurant and food service management from Dong-Eui University
Min-Ji Kim
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in business administration from Chungnam National University
Mi-Yeon Jung
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in administration from Chonnam National University
Shin-Yeong Kang
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in trade from Sunchon National University
Sung-Hee Bang
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in clothing and textiles from Pai Chai University
Sung-Seuk Jang
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in media art design from Sunchon National University
Woo-Jeong Na
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in English language and literature from Korea Maritime and Ocean University
Yoo-Kyung Son
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in Korean language and literature from Kangwon National University
Yoo-Na Oh
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in emergency and medial service from Kangwon National University
Yoo-Shin Woo
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in global leadership from Handong Global University

2013 Winners

Destination: Australia
Jingye Chen, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in commerce and logistics management from The University of Sydney
  • Country of Study: Australia
Destination: Canada
Liu He, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo
  • Country of Study: Canada
Tina Yu-Ting Huang, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a master's degree in teaching English as a foreign language from Simon Fraser University
  • Country of Study: Canada
Chen Xu, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in business administration from the University of Toronto
  • Country of Study: Canada
Destination: China
Bumchul Park, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in economics and finance from The University of Hong Kong
  • Country of Study: China
Destination: Europe
Yuma Ando, Japan
  • Pursuing a master's degree in comparative political sociology from Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
  • Country of Study: France
Xueying Bai, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in management from ESSEC Business School
  • Country of Study: France
Nikhil D'Souza, India
  • Pursuing a master's degree in European legal studies from the University of Hamburg
  • Country of Study: Germany
Haoyuan Qu, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in electrical engineering and automation from Eignossische Technische Hochschwe
  • Country of Study: Switzerland
Destination: Japan
Rinako Itagaki, Japan
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in law and political science from Keio University
  • Country of Study: Japan
Aleksandar Pavlovic, Japan
  • Pursuing a master's degree in international relations from Waseda University
  • Country of Study: Japan
Destination: Korea
Changwan Eom, Korea
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in global leadership from Hongdong Global University
  • Country of Study: Korea
Haeun Jung, Korea
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Seoul National University
  • Country of Study: Korea
Minju Park, Korea
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Seoul National University
  • Country of Study: Korea
Destination: United Kingdom
Ayesha Bapasola, India
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in environmental economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Country of Study: United Kingdom
Srishti Chauhan, India
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Country of Study: United Kingdom
Han Feng, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in economics from the University of Cambridge
  • Country of Study: United Kingdom
Xiaoxiao Ma, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in economics from the University of Cambridge
  • Country of Study: United Kingdom
Bhumycka Patel, India
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in graphic design from the University of Hertfordshire
  • Country of Study: United Kingdom
Chenxi Yang, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in public policy from University College London
  • Country of Study: United Kingdom
Destination: United States
Manjari Akella, India
  • Pursuing a master's degree in computer engineering from The Ohio State University
  • Country of Study: United States
Arushi Arora, India
  • Pursuing a master's degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Stanford University
  • Country of Study: United States
Xue Bai, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in public policy management from Carnegie Mellon University
  • Country of Study: United States
Guo Cai, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in law from Harvard University
  • Country of Study: United States
Sabarish Chandramouli, India
  • Pursuing a master's degree in computer science from the University of Southern California
  • Country of Study: United States
Annie Chang, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in neurobiology from the University of Washington
  • Country of Study: United States
Ziling Chen, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in economics from The University of Chicago
  • Country of Study: United States
Yen-cheng Chen, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a master's degree in journalism from The City University of New York
  • Country of Study: United States
Shih-Chun Chien, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a master's degree in advanced legal research from the University of California, Berkeley
  • Country of Study: United States
Eun-Sun Cho, Korea
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in international politics from Georgetown University
  • Country of Study: United States
SunHa Choi, Korea
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Columbia University
  • Country of Study: United States
Yuanchu Dang, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from Williams College
  • Country of Study: United States
Linchen Dong, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley
  • Country of Study: United States
Qiumeng Duan, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in information technology and computer science from Columbia University
  • Country of Study: United States
Yuan Feng, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from Yale University
  • Country of Study: United States
Yuji Fujioka, Japan
  • Pursuing a master's degree in law from Harvard University
  • Country of Study: United States
Anandita Ghosh, India
  • Pursuing a master's degree in mental health counseling from Boston College
  • Country of Study: United States
Tianxia Gu, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College
  • Country of Study: United States
Yupei Guo, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from Yale University
  • Country of Study: United States
Devika Halbe, India
  • Pursuing a master's degree in international business from Northwestern University
  • Country of Study: United States
Mengying Han, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in social service administration from The University of Chicago
  • Country of Study: United States
Ryun Han, Korea
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from Washington University, St. Louis
  • Country of Study: United States
Yuki Hayashi, Japan
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Yale University
  • Country of Study: United States
Chengliang Hong, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics from Columbia University
  • Country of Study: United States
Shuyao Hong, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in geography from Arizona State University
  • Country of Study: United States
Jisheng Hu, Japan
  • Pursuing a master's degree in industrial engineering from Columbia University
  • Country of Study: United States
Ti Hsu, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from St. John's College
  • Country of Study: United States
Suyeon Im, Korea
  • Pursuing a master's degree in linguistics from the University of Illinois
  • Country of Study: United States
Ji-Hyeon Jeong, Korea
  • Pursuing a master's degree in urban planning from Columbia University
  • Country of Study: United States
Mengzhou Jiang, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in political science from Columbia University
  • Country of Study: United States
Tianyi Jiang, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in system engineering from Cornell University
  • Country of Study: United States
Lingzhi Jin, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University
  • Country of Study: United States
Young Woo Jo
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from Emory University
  • Country of Study: United States
Young Il Jung
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in political science from Northwestern University
  • Country of Study: United States
Mariko Kanai, Japan
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in biology from Columbia University
  • Country of Study: United States
Kasumi Kanetaka, Japan
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in aerospace science and engineering from the University of California, Davis
  • Country of Study: United States
Aliza Khan, India
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Southern California
  • Country of Study: United States
Eshita Khera, India
  • Pursuing a master's degree in biotechnology from the University of Michigan
  • Country of Study: United States
Chongho Kim, Korea
  • Pursuing a master's degree in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin
  • Country of Study: United States
Wonhui Kim, Korea
  • Pursuing a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University
  • Country of Study: United States
Yaerin Kim, Korea
  • Pursuing a master's degree in interarts performance from the University of California, Berkeley
  • Country of Study: United States
Yeon Soo Kim, Korea
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in humanities from Carnegie Mellon University
  • Country of Study: United States
Yeonsil Kim, Korea
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Washington, Seattle
  • Country of Study: United States
Yerin Kim, Korea
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan
  • Country of Study: United States
Shourya Kumar, India
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley
  • Country of Study: United States
Dongmin Lee, Korea
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in international studies from Johns Hopkins University
  • Country of Study: United States
Seohyun Lee, Korea
  • Pursuing a master's degree in management, policy and community health from The University of Texas at Austin
  • Country of Study: United States
Jiang Li, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Harvard University
  • Country of Study: United States
Muxi Li, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in computational science and engineering from Harvard University
  • Country of Study: United States
Vivien Li, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in media, culture and communication from New York University
  • Country of Study: United States
Yijun Li, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Duke University
  • Country of Study: United States
Caiyun Liao, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University
  • Country of Study: United States
Meng-Jen Lin, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a master's degree in law from Columbia University
  • Country of Study: United States
Ting-An Lin, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a master's degree in finance from Claremont McKenna College
  • Country of Study: United States
Kexin Liu, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in integrated marketing communication from Northwestern University
  • Country of Study: United States
Stephanie Liu, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a master's degree in computational finance from Carnegie Mellon University
  • Country of Study: United States
Zhonghao Liu, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois
  • Country of Study: United States
Tsung-Che Lu, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a master's degree in English from University of North Texas
  • Country of Study: United States
Sifei Luan, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science from The University of Chicago
  • Country of Study: United States
Eri Matsuki, Japan
  • Pursuing a master's degree in public health from Harvard University
  • Country of Study: United States
Mariko Morimoto, Japan
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in biology from Emory University
  • Country of Study: United States
YeLim Mun, Korea
  • Pursuing a master's degree in educational technology from Pennsylvania State University
  • Country of Study: United States
Do-Hyeong Myeong, Korea
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from Princeton University
  • Country of Study: United States
Nachiket Naik, India
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Country of Study: United States
Asako Otsuki, Japan
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in international relations from The University of Southern California
  • Country of Study: United States
Elaine Pak, Korea
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from Duke University
  • Country of Study: United States
Akanksha Saran, India
  • Pursuing a master's degree in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University
  • Country of Study: United States
Shruti Saxena, India
  • Pursuing a master's degree in development practice from the University of Minnesota
  • Country of Study: United States
Shivang Sethi, India
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in engineering from Dartmouth College
  • Country of Study: United States
Surabhi Shastri, India
  • Pursuing a master's degree in health care and social enterprise from Columbia University
  • Country of Study: United States
Chenwei Shen, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in business from Washington University, St. Louis
  • Country of Study: United States
Yinghua Shen, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Country of Study: United States
Hye Bin Shin
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology from Brown University
  • Country of Study: United States
Eun Ji Son
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley
  • Country of Study: United States
Bhargav Sowmianarayanan, India
  • Pursuing a master's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Country of Study: United States
Yu-Lung Sung, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a master's degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Houston
  • Country of Study: United States
Joseph Swapnesh, India
  • Pursuing a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Country of Study: United States
Megumi Takada, Japan
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College
  • Country of Study: United States
Juechun Tang, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Johns Hopkins University
  • Country of Study: United States
Gayatri Vishwanathan, India
  • Pursuing a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Country of Study: United States
Ching-Hao Wang, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a master's degree in physics from Boston University
  • Country of Study: United States
Grant Wang, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley
  • Country of Study: United States
Yingxue Wang, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from Yale University
  • Country of Study: United States
Yuzhou Wang, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in engineering from Harvard University
  • Country of Study: United States
Chiao Chieh Wei, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a master's degree in business from Stanford University
  • Country of Study: United States
WenZhao Wu, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Country of Study: United States
Xiao Hui Xiang, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from Duke University
  • Country of Study: United States
Mengli Xu, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from The University of Chicago
  • Country of Study: United States
Kan Yamane, Japan
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in education from Stanford University
  • Country of Study: United States
Kei Yamaya, Japan
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in molecular biology from Princeton University
  • Country of Study: United States
Joonhyuk Yang
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University
  • Country of Study: United States
Yue Yang, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in communication from the University of Southern California
  • Country of Study: United States
Yunqi Yang, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in sociology and statistics from Rice University
  • Country of Study: United States
Jiqing Yu, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary
  • Country of Study: United States
Yiyun Zhu, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from Duke University
  • Country of Study: United States
Ziyan Zhu, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in physiological science from The University of California
  • Country of Study: United States

2012 Winners

Destination: Australia
Sneha Kangralkar, India
  • Pursuing a master's degree in telecommunications and networking engineering from La Trobe University
  • Extracurricular activities: Painting, sketching, dancing and music
  • Country of study: Australia, because it is a great place for telecommunications studies
  • Goal: Bring the advantages of fiber optics high bandwidth, virtually noise free transmission and secure communications, to every household possible
Qin Liu, China
  • Pursuing a law degree from Bond University
  • Extracurricular activities: Debate team, music club and Model United Nations
  • Country of study: Australia, because the people are friendly and the natural environment is fantastic
  • Goal: To be an international lawyer or an interpreter
Destination: Canada
Kuang Da, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in life science from the University of Toronto
  • Extracurricular activities: Model United Nations
  • Country of study: Canada, because it is a very nice country and people there are kind
Li Hanbo, China
  • Pursuing a degree in products and systems design from Simon Fraser University
  • Extracurricular activities: Dancing, ping pong, KTV and watching talk shows
  • Country of study: Canada, because the universities are internationally known for the quality of their teaching and research
  • Goal: To be a product designer
Swathi Sadagopan, India
Swathi Sadagopan
  • Pursuing a master's degree in electrical engineering from McGill University
  • Extracurricular activities: Writing, painting, coloring, social entrepreneurship and issues relating to the environment
  • Country of study: Canada, because Meenakshi has done a summer-internship in Canada and wants to go back for further studies
  • Goal: Pursuing a career in industrial research
Arisa Yoshikawa, Japan
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from the University of British Columbia
  • Extracurricular activities: Basketball, volleyball and soccer
  • Country of study: Canada, because it is an English-speaking country that has a mix of various cultures
  • Goal: Wants to be a medical doctor or a researcher
Destination: China
Cai Weixin, China
  • Pursuing a bachelor of science degree from Hong Kong University
  • Extracurricular activities: Volunteer work and competitions
  • Country of study: China, because it is an international country with a blended culture
  • Goal: To pursue a career as a researcher
Destination: Europe
Rajiv Chatterjee, India
Rajiv Chatterjee
  • Pursuing a degree in strategic management from École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC)
  • Extracurricular activities: High altitude trekking and quizzing
  • Country of study: France, because of its rich cultural heritage and its diversity
  • Goal: To work in a leadership position with one of the top consulting majors, primarily in an emerging economy
Alice Chen, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a marketing management degree from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
  • Country of study: The Netherlands, because of the nation's creativity, open-mindedness and concern about sustainability
  • Goal: Wants to become an analyst after graduation, and a consultant later on
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Sai Manoj Gali, India
Sai Manoj Gali
  • Pursuing a degree in functional and advanced materials from University of Augsburg as part of the FAME Erasmus Mundus Programme
  • Extracurricular activities: Reading, writing, badminton and table tennis
  • Country of study: Germany, due to the advancements in the fields of science and technology, especially in the field of material physics
  • Goal: Wants to be a researcher or scientist or a professor in the field of material physics
Abhay Gandhi, India
Abhay Gandhi
  • Pursuing a master's degree in science in management at École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC)
  • Extracurricular activities: Traveling, photography, Rotaract Club and Toastmakers International
  • Country of study: France, because it is one of the global destinations for education and also culturally diverse
  • Goal: Consulting in the field of sustainable development and also wants to return to India and set up a social enterprise that would promote Indian Handicrafts abroad
Vatsalya Srivastava, India
Vatsalya Srivastava
  • Pursuing a master's degree in economics from Tilburg University
  • Extracurricular activities: Cricket, football, tennis, quizzing and debating
  • Country of study: The Netherlands, because of the warm and cooperative environment offered to the students there
  • Goal: Work as an economist while continuing efforts to promote reasoned cynicism, encourage arguments and debates as a genuine and acceptable mechanism to resolve disputes
Ankit Talwar, India
Ankit Talwar
  • Pursuing an international MBA from Instituto de Empresa (IE) Business School
  • Extracurricular activities: Working with his family, Chief Architect of Mentorship program and Co-Founder and Editor of J Nostos Magazine
  • Country of study: Spain, because it offers international students outstanding higher education and exchange opportunities
  • Goal: Wants to build a strategy consulting firm pioneering innovative business and technology solutions
Destination: Korea
Eun Joo An, Korea
Eun Joo An
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in business administration from Seoul National University
  • Extracurricular activities: Choir and music-related service groups
  • Country of study: Korea, in order to experience the country and the culture of Eun Joo An's nationality
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a career in the event-planning industry
Kyoo Eun Jang, Korea
Kyoo Eun Jang
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in comparative literature, culture and political science and international relations from Yonsei University
  • Extracurricular activities: Playing in the school orchestra
  • Country of study: Korea, for cultural reasons
Jaihyun Jung, Korea
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in small animal medicine from Chungbuk National University
  • Extracurricular activities: International Veterinary Students' Association (IVSA)
  • Country of study: Korea
  • Goal: To be a small animal veterinarian
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Sang Jun Jung, Korea
Sang Jun Jung
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in business administration from Korea University
  • Extracurricular activities: Rugby and basketball
  • Country of study: Korea
  • Goal: To work in overseas marketing
Suryn Kim, Korea
Suryn Kim
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in international relations and political science from Yonsei University
  • Extracurricular activities: Model United Nations
  • Country of study: Korea
  • Goal: To be an international civil servant
Eunbee Kwak, Korea
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in political science and international relations from Korea University
  • Extracurricular activities: Human rights activism
  • Country of study: Korea, because it has affordable tuition
  • Goal: To have a career in the legal field
Sangji Lee, Korea
Sangji Lee
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in international studies from Yonsei University
  • Extracurricular activities: Photography
  • Country of study: Korea
  • Goal: To be a United Nations officer
Eunkyung Park, Korea
Eunkyung Park
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in international relations from Seoul National University
  • Country of study: Korea
Kim Kyu Ree, Korea
Kim Kyu Ree
  • Pursuing a bachelor's  degree in international relations and economics from Seoul National University
  • Country of study: Korea
  • Goal: To work in a field related to policymaking and to environmental sustainability
Bee Shin, Korea
Bee Shin, Korea
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in international studies from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
  • Extracurricular activities: English debating
  • Country of study: Korea, because it is Bee Shin's home country
MyeongJeen Song, Korea
MyeongJeen Song, Korea
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in economics from Korea University
  • Extracurricular activities: SHARE, a business strategy & discussion club
  • Country of study: Korea
  • Goal: To be a university professor
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Se Jin Um, Korea
Se Jin Um
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in international business from Korea University
  • Extracurricular activities: Working as a marketing supporter at a Korean nonverbal performance company
  • Country of study: Korea
  • Goal: To become a scholar, most likely in philosophy, who can answer the things the world wants answered
Destination: Singapore
Bingying Le, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in public policy from the National University of Singapore
  • Extracurricular activities: Ice-skating and trips to museums and galleries
  • Country of study: Singapore, in order to learn about its economic development and effective governance
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a profession in the public sector, advocating a more sustainable pattern of development
Destination: United Kingdom
Kathy (Hao-Hsuan) Chang, Taiwan
  • Pursuing master's degree of philosophy in management science and operations from the University of Cambridge
  • Extracurricular activities: Playing the piano, jogging, tennis, surfing the Internet, listening to music and watching videos
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because Chang is writing a bachelor thesis about the European Union and the United Kingdom appeared to be an ideal destination for study given its location and historical and economic relevance
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a career in academic research, wants to work in a government or private sector utility business and nonprofit organization
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Shihui Chen, China
  • Pursuing a degree in ensemble theatre from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
  • Extracurricular activities: Acting, writing, dancing, and singing
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom, because it has a traditional love for the theatre
  • Goal: To act and write for the stage
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Hsuan-Ping Chu, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a degree in finance from the London School of Economics
  • Extracurricular activities: Performing magic and watching movies
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because London is one of the financial centers of the world
  • Goal: Wants to be an analyst in the financial industry
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Hyunhee Hwang, Korea
Hyunhee Hwang
  • Pursuing a master's degree in industrial design from University of the Arts, London
  • Extracurricular activities: Architecture drawing
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom, because of its diverse culture and proximity to Europe
  • Goal: To be a industrial designer, design strategist, or brand and design consultant
Aya Miyazaki, Japan
  • Pursuing a degree in conservation studies from University of York
  • Extracurricular activities: Tennis, surfing, body-boarding, reading, painting and watching movies
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom  for its historic depth, as well as known leaders in the field of conservation studies
  • Goal: To become an international conservation adviser and work for organizations such as United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank
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Jiho Park, Korea
  • Pursuing a master's degree in business administration from London Business School
  • Extracurricular activities: Community service
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom, because it is an international hub and cultural center
  • Goal: To be the CEO of an architectural design firm in Korea
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Kota Sato, Japan
  • Pursuing a master's degree in business administration from the London Business School
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom, because of its rich cultural heritage
  • Goal: Wants to be a banker or management consultant
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Darshan Shah, India
Darshan Shah
  • Pursuing a master's degree in bio-engineering from Imperial College, London
  • Extracurricular activities: Playing football, table tennis, trekking, traveling, photography and listening to classical and contemporary music
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom, because of its historic universities and the academic opportunities they provide
  • Goal: Wants to be a professor of bio-engineering at a university in India and wants to develop economically frugal biomedical products that address the common problems of the majority
Xu Teng, China
  • Pursuing a degree in social anthropology from the University of Oxford
  • Extracurricular activities: Cultural exchange activities
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom, because it is the centre of social anthropology
  • Goal: To become a university lecturer and researcher
Yuanwang Wang, China
  • Pursuing a degree in politics, psychology and sociology from the University of Cambridge
  • Extracurricular activities: Public speaking
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom, because Wang has always wanted to study in Cambridge
  • Goal: To work at a consulting firm
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Qu Xin, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in management from the London School of Economics
  • Extracurricular activities: Taking part in charity work and sports
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom, because of its history, culture, education system and lifestyle
  • Goal: To be a consultant
Wang Xuan, China
  • Pursuing a degree in economics from Oxford University
  • Extracurricular activities: Chinese calligraphy, singing, reading and public speaking
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom, because of its strong background in economics and finance
  • Goal: To become an expert in economics and conduct research in international governmental organizations
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Wu Yunze, China
  • Pursuing a degree in environmental systems engineering from University College London
  • Extracurricular activities: Football and translating football news for the Italian club S. S. Lazio
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom, because of the educational and cultural opportunities it provides
  • Goal: To pursue a career in environmental consultation and help improve China's decision making in environmental issues
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Destination: United States
Dhruv Chand Aggarwal, India
Dhruv Chand Aggarwal
  • Pursuing a degree in economics from Yale University
  • Extracurricular activities: Debating and writing for the school magazine
  • Country of study: The United States, as it symbolizes freedom of thought and liberty
  • Goal: Working for an organization where he can use his expertise in economics
Deborshi Barat, India
Deborshi Barat
  • Pursuing a law degree from The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • Extracurricular activities: Writing, debating and acting.
  • Country of study: The United States, because it represents pre-eminent voices in sustainable development diplomacy, international energy policy, climate change, economics and security
  • Goal: To work with an international organization
Zhu Bingcong, China
  • Pursuing a degree in international relations at Columbia University
  • Extracurricular activities: Drama club, Press Corps, Student Union
  • Country of study: The United States, because there are many opportunities for international relations and drama
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a career in the United Nations
Soonpeel Chang, Korea
  • Pursuing a degree in law from the New York University School of Law
  • Extracurricular activities: Playing a musical instrument
  • Country of study: The United States
  • Goal: A career in finance and trade law
Pei-Chun Chen, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University
  • Extracurricular activities: Playing musical instruments, watching movies and hiking
  • Country of study: The United States, because of the vigorous academic environment and global diversity
  • Goal: Wants to be either a software engineer, a product manager or a zoologist
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Jialei Cheng, China
Jialei Cheng
  • Pursuing a degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Extracurricular activities: Badminton, watching American TV shows and volunteering
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its culture and diversity
  • Goal: To be a trader
Jiwoon Choi, Korea
  • Pursuing a degree in political science and environmental studies from Amherst College
  • Extracurricular activities: Public speaking, debate, playing the piano, dancing and basketball
  • Country of study:  The United States, because of the diverse people and opportunities that the country has to offer
  • Goal: To work for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and help countries tackle environmental issues
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Wonwoo Choi, Japan
  • Pursuing a degree in politics and economics from Washington University
  • Extracurricular activities: Student government, debate and soccer
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational atmosphere
  • Goal: Work to close the divide between the people of Korea and Japan
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Lingtai Dong, China
  • Pursuing a graduate degree in language and literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Extracurricular activities: Soccer, basketball and acting
  • Country of study: The United States, because it has a great program for language instructors
  • Goal: To be an English instructor
Jiang Enchi, China
  • Pursuing a degree in computer science from Cornell University
  • Extracurricular activities: Programming, computer science, basketball, soccer and reading
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its vibrant and diverse culture
  • Goal: To work in an IT company, focusing on artificial intelligence development
Yuan Fang, China
  • Pursuing degrees in economics and psychology at Columbia University
  • Extracurricular activities: Choir, drama club, playing the flute, swimming
  • Country of study: The United States because of its liberal arts education system
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a career in economics or psychology
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Shijie Gong, China
  • Pursuing a degree from Yale University
  • Extracurricular activities: Basketball
  • Country of study: The United States because Shijie Gong wants to pursue the "American Dream"
  • Goal: To be an IT designer
Lena Hong, Korea
Lena Hong
  • Pursuing a degree in psychology and education from Stanford University
  • Extracurricular activities: Playing the flute, piano, and cooking
  • Country of study: The United States because of its diverse population and culture
  • Goal: To be a professor or minister of education
Yu-Ling Hu, Taiwan
Yu-Ling Hu
  • Pursuing a law degree from Columbia University
  • Extracurricular activities: Academic/cultural exchange programs
  • Country of study: The United States, because New York City exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment
  • Goal: To be part of an in-house legal counsel
Lin-Chun Huang, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a degree from Stanford Law School
  • Extracurricular activities: Debating
  • Country of study: The United States, because Lin-Chun Huang wants to learn more about the country's advanced legal system
  • Goal: Wants to be a lawyer
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Choi Suk Hwan, Korea
  • Purusing a degree in architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University
  • Extracurricular activities: Traveling
  • Country of study: The United States, because of the quality of its graduate schools in architecture
  • Goal: To be an architect around the world as well as in Korea
Chen Jiayu, China
Chen Jiayu
  • Pursuing a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University
  • Extracurricular activities: Yoga and volunteer work
  • Country of study: The United States
  • Goal: To pursue a career in the media, focusing on public policy
Meng Jin, China
  • Pursuing a degree in art history from the Pratt Institute
  • Extracurricular activities: Drawing, aerobics and visiting art exhibitions
  • Country of study: The United States, because of the educational opportunities it provides in the history of art
  • Goal: To work as an art dealer or curator
Yen-Yi Juo, Taiwan
Yen-Yi Juo
  • Pursuing a graduate degree in medicine from Johns Hopkins University
  • Extracurricular activities: Judo, music, reading
  • Country of study: The United States
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a career in medicine
Hyein Kim, Korea
  • Pursuing a degree in multicultural education from the University of Washington
  • Extracurricular activities: Visiting and volunteering for multicultural schools or centers that help children from low-income families or multicultural families and watching movies
  • Country of study: The United States, because it is a country where a diversity of different groups (ethnic, racial, cultural, etc) resides, and it is one of the leading countries in multicultural education
  • Goal: To become a public speaker or professor giving lectures on multicultural education
Chan Song Lee, Korea
Chan Song Lee
  • Pursuing a degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University
  • Country of study: The United States, because it is a good destination to study world politics
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a career in research
Juhye Lee, Taiwan
Juhye Lee
  • Pursuing a degree in education from Gordon College
  • Extracurricular activities: Swimming and learning English
  • Country of study: The United States, because of  its diverse cultural ethos and worldview
  • Goal: Wants to be a missionary
You-kyung Lee, Korea
  • Pursuing a graduate degree in educational psychology from Michigan State University
  • Extracurricular activities: Playing the piano
  • Country of study: The United States because it has produced many famous researchers and professors in the field of educational psychology
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a career in educational psychology
Eric Lin, Taiwan
  • Pursuing a degree from Brandeis University
  • Extracurricular activities: Reading, travelling, playing the violin, watching movies, badminton
  • Country of study: The United States, because it's a great place to study liberal arts
  • Goal: Interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary career in the future, such as architecture, business, or design
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Peggy (Pei) Lin, Taiwan
Peggy (Pei) Lin
  • Pursuing a business degree from the University of California, Berkeley
  • Extracurricular activities: Singing, travelling, tennis, and volunteering
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its liberal and fulfilling educational system
  • Goal: Wants to provide nonprofit business consulting services to the underprivileged
Zhuang Lingzi, China
  • Pursuing a degree in engineering at Columbia University
  • Extracurricular activities: Exploring buses and trains, Model United Nations, playing the piano
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its diverse culture
  • Goal: Wants to be an engineer or go into business
Su Linna, China
  • Pursuing a degree in quantitative methods in social sciences from Columbia University
  • Extracurricular activities: Dancing and playing the violin
  • Country of study: The United States, because of the educational opportunities it provides
  • Goal: To work in the research division of a reputable financial services company
Qinyao Liu, China
  • Pursuing a degree in education from Harvard University
  • Extracurricular activities: Model United Nations and speaking contests
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational and occupational opportunities
  • Goal: Wants to be a teacher or an officer in an international organization
Shiye Liu, China
  • Pursuing a degree from University of Notre Dame
  • Extracurricular activities: Writing
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its cultural diversity
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Han Liyang, China
  • Pursuing a degree in environmental engineering from Stanford University
  • Extracurricular activities: Music, going to concerts, watching musicals and singing
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its research facilities
  • Goal: To become a researcher in an academic setting
Xinran Lu, China
  • Pursuing a degree in communication planning and information design from Carnegie Mellon University
  • Extracurricular activities: Playing the violin and guitar, singing, composing music, graphic design
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational and professional opportunities
Xingchen Ma, China
  • Pursuing a degree at Princeton University
  • Extracurricular activities: Community service, volleyball, math team, calligraphy club and leadership programs
  • Country of study: The United States, because of Xingchen Ma's positive experience as an exchange student
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a career in Mathematics
Chen Mi, China
  • Pursuing a graduate degree in international educational development from Columbia University
  • Extracurricular activities: Traveling, watching movies and reading
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational opportunities and cultural diversity
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a career in educational development in China and Southeast Asia
Sun Young Moon, Korea
Sun Young Moon
  • Pursuing a degree in bioengineering from Rice University
  • Extracurricular activities: Dancing, cheerleading, journalism, broadcast journalism, coaching and counseling
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational opportunities
  • Goal: To be a doctor or professor
Sun Jin Nam, Korea
Sun Jin Nam
  • Pursuing a degree in human computer interaction from the University of Michigan
  • Extracurricular activities: Playing the guitar
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational opportunities in the field of human computer interaction
  • Goal: To be a professional researcher
Pengyu Qin, China
  • Pursuing a degree in economics from Franklin & Marshall College
  • Extracurricular activities: Sports and volunteering
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational opportunities
  • Goal: Wants to be the CEO of a company or a policymaker in the government
Shen Qiu, China
  • Pursuing a degree in economics and international relations from Columbia University
  • Extracurricular activities: Model United Nations, English Debate, singing, and Students' Union
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational opportunities
  • Goal: Wants to be a diplomat, analyst or educator
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Guo Shuo, China
  • Pursuing a degree in financial engineering from Columbia University
  • Extracurricular activities: Swimming and tennis
  • Country of study: The United States, because of the global role it plays in world finance
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a career in private equity
Dai Shuyang, China
  • Pursuing a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin
  • Extracurricular activities: Badminton, debate and swimming
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its mature and well-established legal system
  • Goal: Wants to be a lawyer
Myeongyeon Son, Korea
Myeongyeon Son
  • Pursuing a graduate degree in environmental management from Duke University
  • Extracurricular activities: Youth conferences and camps
  • Country of study: The United States, because it offers a wide range of opportunities
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a career in research
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Qiuyun Tan, China
  • Pursuing a degree in comparative literature and society from Columbia University
  • Extracurricular activities: Children's choir, PEER Experience Exchange Rostrum, student government and journalism
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational opportunities and cultural diversity
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a career in journalism
Li Tianxing, China
  • Pursuing a graduate degree in language and literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Extracurricular activities: Model United Nations and sports
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational opportunities and cultural diversity
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a career in teaching or consulting
Anning Wang, China
  • Pursuing a degree in finance from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Extracurricular activities: Playing the violin and watching movies
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational opportunities and the global role it plays in world finance
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a career in banking
Shuyu Wang, China
  • Pursuing a degree in history of art or economics from Stanford University
  • Extracurricular activities: Debating, public speaking, Model United Nations, and student government
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational opportunities
  • Goal: To pursue a career in graphics and interactive design
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Xu Wenqi, China
  • Pursuing a degree in public relations at Boston University
  • Extracurricular activities: Exercising
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its cultural diversity
  • Goal: To work in public relations
Li Xiaomeng, China
  • Pursuing a master's degree in regional planning from Cornell University
  • Extracurricular activities: Reading and sports
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational opportunities in regional planning
  • Goal: Wants to become an urban planner or an urban studies scholar
Zekun Xu, China
  • Pursuing a degree in statistics from Carnegie Mellon University
  • Extracurricular activities: Playing the guitar, electric piano and programming
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational opportunities
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a career in statistics
Luyi Yang, China
  • Pursuing a degree in operations and management science from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
  • Extracurricular activities: Vice president for the Student Association of Science and Technology and volunteering for the China Open Tennis Tournament
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational opportunities, democratic system and opportunities in research
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a career in research on operations management
Ziquan Yang, China
  • Pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering at Duke University
  • Extracurricular activities: Chinese calligraphy and listening to music
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its cultural diversity
  • Goal: Wants to be a professor
Zhang Yifan, China
  • Pursuing a degree in law from the New York University School of Law
  • Extracurricular activities: Sports
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational opportunities and legislation system
  • Goal: Wants to become a lawyer with a concentration in international economic law
Bizhao Zhang, China
  • Pursuing a degree in public policy from Harvard University
  • Extracurricular activities: Playing musical instruments, hiking, mountaineering, camping, cycling, traveling and photography
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational opportunities and emphasis on field work
  • Goal: Wants to be work analyst or a consultant. Also wants to work for the social welfare of the underprivileged
Yu Zhang, China
  • Pursuing a degree in accounting at Wake Forest University
  • Extracurricular activities: Debating, jazz dancing, travelling, singing
  • Country of study: The United States
  • Goal: Wants to be an accountant or auditor
Xiao Zhong, China
  • Pursuing a degree in finance at Johns Hopkins University
  • Extracurricular activities: Running, swimming, yoga
  • Country of study: The United States, because of its educational and career opportunities
  • Goal: Wants to be a banker or business analyst
Jiang Zige, China
  • Pursuing a degree from Swarthmore College
  • Extracurricular activities: Rapping, basketball and travelling
  • Country of study: The United States because of its spirit of freedom and democracy
  • Goal: Wants to pursue a career in the entertainment industry

2011 Winners

Destination: Australia
Fei Liu, Wuhan (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a master's of business from the Queensland University of Technology.
  • Extracurricular activities: Swimming, yoga and co-organizer of the English Corner.
  • Country of study: Australia because Liu enjoys the weather and lifestyle that the country has to offer.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to work for a major international accounting firm for five years and then return to China to teach accounting. Wants to bridge the gap between the Chinese and international accounting systems.
Hung-Ju Chiang, Taichung City (US$3,000)
  • Pursuing a postgraduate degree in marketing from the University of Queensland.
  • Extracurricular activities: Karaoke, student union and Dachung Chinese Orchestra.
  • Country of study: Australia because Chiang believes it has a diverse national culture.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to combine the knowledge of marketing with the field of fashion and further expand upon the concept of brand public relations.
Destination: Canada
Shiwei Fang, Beijing (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in economics and statistics from the University of Toronto.
  • Extracurricular activities: Publishing articles and poetry, doing volunteer work, and head of Innovative Research Group.
  • Country of study: Canada because Fang has completed primary school in Canada and wants to continue studying in the country.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to communicate with the deaf through poems and paintings. Hopes to help those in need and open another world to them, a world filled with laughter and happiness. Wants to teach children foreign languages.
Jinghong Li, Shantou (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a postgraduate degree in environmental engineering from the University of Toronto.
  • Extracurricular activities: Badminton, volunteer activities in teaching and the Special Olympics, student research training program, leader of the Sports Department in the Student Union.
  • Country of study: Canada because Li believes that it has great educational opportunities.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to pursue an industrial career in China, is considering becoming an environmental engineer. Wants to contribute to the application of novel methods in making drinking water safe.
Chitong Rao, Jinxi County, Jiangxi Province (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a master's in science in molecular genetics from the University of Toronto.
  • Extracurricular activities: Watching movies, participating in group thematic studies.
  • Country of study: Canada. It's a natural and culturally friendly country.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Plans to return to China to continue postdoctoral training. Would like a faculty position in a prestigious Chinese university. Wants to get involved in higher education and neuroscience research.
Ethan Yang, Shanghai (US$5,000)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in science from McGill University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Read and write poetry, listen to and imitate pop music, volleyball, founder of The Movie Industry Club, Model United Nations member, environmental club member, student council and debate team.
  • Country of study: Canada, because Yang believes that Canada can provide an excellent education at a reasonable cost.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Hopes to obtain a doctorate and pursue biomedicine. Hopes to initiate international research that involves China, America, Canada and other leading nations, which will reverse the effects of aging and find a cure for Alzheimer's, HIV, and other diseases.
Runqian Yang, Dalian (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in business from Simon Fraser University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Piano, guitar, swimming, basketball, golf, composing.
  • Country of study: Canada, because Yang believes it is a multi-cultural country which provides outstanding higher education.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Would like to start a company and build a business school within the community to help those children who cannot afford to go to business school.
Xun Zhou, Wuhan (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a postdoctorate degree in neuroscience from the University of British Columbia.
  • Extracurricular activities: Student union, summer practice, campus newspaper and Young Volunteers Association.
  • Country of study: Canada because Zhou believes that it has a peaceful, progressive society and attractive natural landscapes and is also well known for its world-class academic training and education.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to do biomedical research in a world-class institute and put the outcomes into clinical use. Hopes to save people who suffer from serious diseases.
Naveed Kanijiyani, Mumbai (US$5,000)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from University of Toronto.
  • Extracurricular activities: Basketball and class representative.
  • Country of study: Canada because it has a superb public education base, exceptional diversity and plentiful learning opportunities.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Become a remarkable mechanical engineer and one day direct and advise prospective students on how to go about planning their future from an early age.
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Omkar Deshmukh, Mumbai (US$10,000)
  • Pursuing a master's in computer science from McGill University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Swimming, reading, hiking and organizing events.
  • Country of study: Canada because Canadian universities have been doing groundbreaking research with equally outstanding faculty in artificial intelligence and machine learning, Deshmukh's area of interest.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Work in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning. He plans to complete his doctoral studies within the next five years and then work in academia and research industries. He would also like to apply his work in educational, social and business settings.
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Shin Tanabe, Aichi (US$4,000)
  • Pursuing a postgraduate degree in political science from the University of Toronto.
  • Extracurricular activities: Singing in the Glee Club.
  • Country of study: Canada because Tanabe believes it is one of the most advanced multicultural countries in the world and has a good reputation for higher education.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to get involved in projects related to social education and policy in developing countries as an expert on social development.
Maria Rei Tateno, Tokyo (US$4,000)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in dietetics from McGill University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Student council, swimming, soccer, tutoring, choir, Refugees International Japan and painting.
  • Country of study: Canada because Tateno believes it provides excellent academic and career opportunities and has a diverse national culture.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to work in a rural area with those less fortunate and interact with the rural population to give them hope and to help improve their standard of living.
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Yiu-Chia Chang, Tainan (US$3,000)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in biology from McGill University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Jogging, swimming, volleyball, science group and math club.
  • Country of study: Canada because Chang believes it is a wonderful country, with several cities considered the most ideal places for people to live.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Do volunteer work in nursing homes or orphanages and spend some time taking care of those in need. Plans to study medicine in graduate school, with the goal of becoming a doctor. Would also like to do medical research and be at the frontier of medical knowledge.
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Destination: Europe
Dinakar Ayalasomayajula, Hyderabad (US$5,000)
  • Pursuing a master's in powertrain engineering from Czech Technical University at Prague.
  • Extracurricular activities: Football, swimming, reading, fabrication of all-terrain vehicles and the Indian Railways Fan Club Association.
  • Country of study: Czech Republic and France because the program takes place in both countries.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: To be recruited by an automobile firm or associated component manufacturer of international repute. He strongly believes in the need to make automobiles more environmentally friendly in order to tackle the ecological problems facing the world. To meet these challenges, he would like to apply the skills and knowledge acquired during the program to contribute in a productive way to the planet.
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Debajyoti Chatterjee, Kolkata (US$5,000)
  • Pursuing a master's in communication engineering from Technische Universitat Munchen.
  • Extracurricular activities: Debating, playing chess and participating in mock-German parliament.
  • Country of study: Germany because it has wonderful universities and because of his personal preference for German society, language and culture.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Have a career in research as a doctoral and then postdoctoral student. After working in the research field for 10 years, he wishes to return to India and contribute either to the field of higher education or work further as a researcher.
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Pradhayini Ramamurthy, Coimbatore (US$5,000)
  • Pursuing a master's in embedded systems from Delft University of Technology.
  • Extracurricular activities: Participating in literary events.
  • Country of study: The Netherlands because it has several organizations and research institutes that are focused on Ramamurthy's area of interest, which gives her an opportunity to test and enhance her knowledge with practical exposure.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Return to India and participate actively in the development and progress of the country. To build affordable, easily operable devices for those with little or no technical know-how and to identify areas of application where such devices will prove most beneficial, such as the health care sector. She aims to be at the forefront of organizations involved in developing such technologies.
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Chih-Chun Chang, Taipei (US$3,000)
  • Pursuing a master's degree in linguistics from Radboud University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Music, Model United Nations, linguistics seminars and English camp.
  • Country of study: The Netherlands because Chang believes it provides students with an international environment for learning.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Hopes to work with children who have language/speech anomalies. Speech therapy is not yet a thriving field in Taiwan. Chang believes that with the current low birth rate, parents will have more time to attend to their children's individual needs and children who suffer from language anomalies will be allowed more time and money to receive treatment.
Destination: Hong Kong
Jiayuan Li, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a juris doctorate from the University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law.
  • Extracurricular activities: Being a translator, serving as a correspondent for the campus magazine of Communication University of China and assisting an associate professor to complete the writing of a textbook.
  • Country of study: Will be studying in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China. Li believes that Hong Kong is a flourishing international metropolis which offers a valuable opportunity to appreciate different cultures.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Provide professional help to underprivileged citizens by working in a legal aid center funded by the Ministry of Justice. Also hopes to promote legislative efforts in education, health care and other major public fields in Mainland China.
Denny Lin, Taipei (US$3,000)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Hong Kong.
  • Extracurricular activities: Reading, jogging, table tennis, debate camp and computer science camp.
  • Country of study: Hong Kong because Lin believes it is one of the most important cities in Asia since it is a major economic hub.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Work towards education reform. Not just any reform but one that uses technology to make the most of the resources available. Due to the general availability of the Internet, it has become a suitable platform for learning.
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Destination: Japan
Lisa Christine Pretty, Osaka (US$4,000)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in law from Keio University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Cheerleading, student council and English debate.
  • Country of study: Japan because Pretty wants to make Japan the starting point of an international educational journey.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Aspires to become an international lawyer who can find a path of justice through the law to help those in need. Wants to use her nationality and unique background as a bridge connecting diverse cultures.
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Destination: United Kingdom
Xiaoshuang Duan, Shenzhen (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a master's degree in financial economics from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
  • Extracurricular activities: Dancing, Beijing Foreign Studies, University Career and Development Association, Simulated Stock Investment Championship and Hiall Campus Club.
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because Duan believes that it has some of the world's top universities and business schools. Duan also wants to learn about English culture while studying in the United Kingdom.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Join a Chinese state-owned enterprise as a senior risk management officer to improve risk management practices in China.
Xiaowen Li, Xiamen, Beijing (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a master's in science for comparative politics from The London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Extracurricular activities: Reading, watching movies, current affairs society, and working on the university newspaper and magazine.
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because Li believes a broad and balanced perspective is extremely important for the study of international politics.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Would like to teach and do research as well as work with think tanks, government institutions and private organizations to help bring about change on the ground.
Yingqi Liu, Chongqing (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a master's in science for environmental change and management at St. John's College at the University of Oxford.
  • Extracurricular activities: Community financial education projects aiming at students in urban Chengdu under the framework of Student in Free Enterprise, Model United Nations country representative and student union chairman.
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because Liu is familiar with the English language and feels that graduate-level education will be of great value in the future.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Become a policy consultant in the environmental ministry of China. Review the scientific basis and issues of efficiency and equity for conventional command-and-control environmental governance in China. Engineer policies that engage academics, private sectors and public administration to effectively address environmental changes and promote sustainability.
Zhao Liu, Beijing (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a master's in science for finance and equity at The London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Extracurricular activities: Yoga, visiting museums and galleries, student union and auto fan club.
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because Liu likes the country.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to pursue a doctoral degree at the Graduate School of the People's Bank of China and then work in government agencies for two to three years. After that, Liu wants to set up a private equity fund, which seeks to achieve effective investments and financing for its clients, as well as provide policy suggestions to serve the interest of the general public.
Zheyue Qin, Shanghai (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a master's in global media and communication from The University of Warwick.
  • Extracurricular activities: Travel, volunteer work, coordinator of Student Union of Management School, student instructor for junior students in management school, vice president of the English Corner.
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because Qin likes the lifestyle in Europe and feels that the media and media related industries have a strong presence there.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Work in the media industry in China focusing on new media communication or work for an international organization in the fields of cultural analysis or global cultural communication.
Zhe Sha, Suzhou, Jiangsu (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a postgraduate degree in statistics from the University of Oxford.
  • Extracurricular activities: Hiking, classical music, member of the IT support team at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE).
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because Sha believes it is a world leader in statistics research, especially in bioinformatics and computer intensive statistics and econometrics.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Become a quantitative analyst at a research center, preferably one in a government department or a national economic laboratory. Wants to build and develop statistical models, to perform quantitative research and to forecast the trends of the economy.
Peisi Xu, Beijing (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a master's in financial economics from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
  • Extracurricular activities: Social service team, public speaking club, and ambassador program.
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because Xu believes the United Kingdom has an advanced education system and culture.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Plans to work at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as a senior investment officer specializing in the clean-energy sector in emerging markets. Hopes to foster economic growth and technological advancement in developing countries. Ultimately, wants to return to China and make a substantial contribution to the development of the clean-energy industry.
Tian Xu, Xi'an (US$1,500)
  • Pursing a master's in linguistics from the University College of London.
  • Extracurricular activities: Guiding tourists through the Shaanxi History Museum.
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because Xu believes it offers high quality educational resources.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Become an academic researcher and professor. Wants to make a reverse-engineering project of human wisdom a life-long career, which will provide Xu with an opportunity to conduct research and share findings with colleagues and students in a higher education institution.
Han Yan, Baoding, Hebei Province (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a master's in mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
  • Extracurricular activities: Drawing and student union.
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because Yan believes that there are several esteemed universities in the United Kingdom.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to become an assistant professor and eventually a tenured professor in a research institution in 10 years.
Youlin Yuan, Shanghai (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the Somerville College, University of Oxford.
  • Extracurricular activities: Fund-raising for the nonprofit Organization of Raleigh, China, volunteer work, attending Model United Nations conferences and public speaking.
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because Yuan believes that the United Kingdom has a long industrial history, a strong humanity study tradition and for its proximity to Europe.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Serving as a journalist of conscience who has the courage and the ability to report the truth.
Yilin Zheng, Guangzhou (US$5,000)
  • Pursuing a master's of science in financial economics from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
  • Extracurricular activities: Reading, traveling, delegate for the Global View Initiative, delegate to the Miami Program and debate club.
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because Zheng did a six-month exchange program there in 2010 and it was a rewarding experience.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Working in a higher education institution in China, teaching economy and finance and doing research. Hopes to help understand the seemingly irregular patterns in the Chinese financial market, so that policymakers in China can establish a more stable system.
Sruthi Chandrasekaran, Chennai (US$10,000)
  • Pursuing a master's in science for comparative social policy from the University of Oxford.
  • Extracurricular activities: Swimming, dancing, traveling, reading, writing short stories and poems, is a member of the Indian Delegate and International Trade and Finance Center.
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because it is the very hub of developmental research.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Work with the different stakeholders involved in a decision-making process including governments, corporations, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and communities. Having gained invaluable perspective through professional experience, she hopes to emerge as a social entrepreneur, consulting on issues of health, welfare, poverty, education and inclusion through public and private partnerships.
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Apurva Bamezai, New Dehli (US$5,000)
  • Pursuing master's in developmental studies from the University of Cambridge.
  • Extracurricular activities: Singing and exploring new genres of music. Participated in theatre production activities and seminars/debates.
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because it is the birthplace of developmental studies as a discipline.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Would like to use her academic training to conduct research that combines extensive fieldwork with rigorous analysis of social and rural issues to answer questions that are motivated by and engage policy.
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Risa Arai, Tokyo (US$4,000)
  • Pursuing a postgraduate degree in democracy and democratization from University College London in the United Kingdom.
  • Extracurricular activities: Yoga, flamenco, co-founded the student political organization "Youth."
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because Arai believes that it has a robust democratic system and she wants to study electoral reform in the United Kingdom.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Would like to contribute to the democratization of the world through her thesis.
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Aya Takahashi Nouh, Kyoto (US$4,000)
  • Pursuing a master's of science in biodiversity conservation and management at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford.
  • Extracurricular activities: Kyudo (Japanese archery), drawing, traveling, photography.
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because it's where the English language originated. Nouh wants to improve her written and spoken English and understand the country's culture.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Become an active member of a distinguished international organization, such as the United Nations, to promote biodiversity conservation all over the world.
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Yuko Takeo, Kanagawa (US$4,000)
  • Pursuing a master's of science in comparative politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Extracurricular activities: Sophia Political Society, dancing and swimming.
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because Takeo has lived in the country and participated in the Junior Year Abroad Program.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Become a correspondent for a Japanese organization abroad or an Asian correspondent for a foreign media organization and contribute to connecting Japan with other societies, cultures and systems, in a world where information and the manner in which it is presented, have increasingly greater importance and consequences.
Henry (Hwa-Yi) Lin, Taipei (US$3,000)
  • Pursuing a master's degree in Eastern European economics from the University College London.
  • Extracurricular activities: Traveling and campus evangelical fellowship.
  • Country of study: The United Kingdom because Lin believes it is a great place to learn international relations and economics.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to be a Taiwanese economic diplomat. Aspires to be a liaison between the EU and Taiwan after finishing the International Master's in Economy, State & Society (IMESS) program.
Destination: United States
Ziwei Cheng, Beijing (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • Extracurricular activities: Playing the violin, traveling, reading books, chemistry study club and choir.
  • Country of study: The United States because Cheng feels it has the best research-centered colleges in the world.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to do lab research focused on organic synthesis. Believes that by developing more effective catalysts and adopting new synthetic methods, medicines of higher quality, which are more cost-effective and have reduced side effects, can be developed.
Peisong Cong, Shanghai (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a master's in management science and engineering from Stanford University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Drama, soccer and the student union.
  • Country of study: The United States because Cong believes that it is the most developed country in the world.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Work for a mature company to get more experience, accumulate capital and learn how to run a business. Wants to be an entrepreneur.
Xiaoxing Cui, Beijing (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a master's of science in public health from The Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg.
  • Extracurricular activities: Reading English novels, swimming and listening to music, doing Occupation Health Studies, providing translations for projects, Class President, Representative of Peking University, Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations, English tutor, President of Department of Publicity, Student Psychology Club of PKUHSC.
  • Country of study: The United States because Cui believes that it houses leading graduate schools in public health and encourages biomedicine research and practice in the form of generous funding from both the government and private enterprise.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Return to China and work in an academic or international institution. Wants to do research and translate new scientific discoveries into intervention strategies in order to improve the health of the working population.
Ni Dong, Tianjin (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a postgraduate degree in English education from the Teachers College, Columbia University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Student union and drama club.
  • Country of study: The United States because Dong believes that the United States will help further her academic goals and endeavors.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Seek out ways to teach English to adults who appear to be the most challenging students in language learning because of their deteriorating language learning competence. Wants to develop a personalized theory specifically in reference to that problem.
Ying Du, Beijing (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a postgraduate degree in international educational development from the Teachers College, Columbia University.
  • Extracurricular activities: University radio station, student union, Model United Nations, debate team and Irish dancing.
  • Country of study: The United States because Du believes that it has many world-renowned graduate schools. Du also believes that attending graduate school in America will be an unforgettable and intellectually-challenging experience.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Become an education practitioner and lead meaningful changes in inter-cultural education exchange between China and other countries in the world. Wants to promote cross-cultural dialogues and youth development through international education.
Yujie Duo, Beijing (US$5,000)
  • Pursuing a master's degree in language and literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • Extracurricular activities: Commissioner, Academic Commission of the Student Union, Monitor, Class 3 of the English Department, Organizer, 5th Beijing Intercollegiate English Movie Dubbing Contest.
  • Country of study: The United States because Duo believes it has a fascinating culture, a democratic political system and the spirit and motivation embodied in the "American Dream".
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Be an ESL/EFL teacher and a researcher on bilingual literacy. Wants to pursue linguistics theories, curriculum: design, language acquisition and pedagogy to help enhance Chinese students' language proficiency as well as their cognitive ability.
Yiwei Gu, Beijing (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a master's in financial engineering from Columbia University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Rural Healthcare Investigation, Student Research Training Program, Business Negotiation Competition, and debate team.
  • Country of study: The United States because Gu believes it offers the best education.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Become a quantitative analyst in an investment bank or a hedge fund, to master skills necessary in asset pricing, portfolio construction and risk management.
Xun Ji, Nanjing, Jiangsu (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a postgraduate degree in social science and comparative education from the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Extracurricular activities: Any activity that contributes to promotions of disability awareness and rights.
  • Country of study: The United States because Ji believes that the United States is a friendly, open and accessible country without discrimination.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to be an author and an educational specialist. Hopes to provide educational opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds, especially for socially and historically underrepresented students.
Fanfei Kong, Nanjing, Jiangsu (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a master of education in language and literacy from Harvard University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Student Union and volunteer activities.
  • Country of study: The United States because Kong believes that the United States is known for its leading quality of higher education worldwide.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to be a Chinese teacher for two to three years in the United States and then wants to focus on the early literacy learning and language acquisition for bilingual learners of Chinese origin in the United States. Eventually wants to return to China and be an English teacher.
Luxiang Li, Shanghai (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a postgraduate degree in regional studies East Asia from Harvard University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Research activities.
  • Country of study: The United States because Li visited the United States at age 16 and feels a strong personal tie to the country.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to teach as well as do research in Asia. Wants to promote a better understanding of East Asian social change within a global perspective.
Yi Li, Shanghai (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a postgraduate degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Fudan journal editors club, events department of students' youth league, club committee, and minister of class.
  • Country of study: The United States because Li believes the United States provides very good educational opportunities.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Study public policies of China and become an official in the Chinese government or a researcher in related institutions such as the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Yihua Li, Beijing (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a postgraduate degree in architecture at Cornell University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Traveling and student union.
  • Country of study: The United States because Li believes that it has a rigorous academic environment.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to focus on sustainability within the architecture discipline. Plans to go to Europe to study landscape architecture and to observe the great European cities and buildings.
Li Lin, Guangzhou (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a master's in electrical engineering from Yale University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Class President and director of volunteer affairs in the department of optical engineering.
  • Country of study: The United States because Lin believes that United States universities are engaging in the most cutting-edge research in electrical engineering.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Work as a research & development engineer to gather experience about project and product management and to apply that knowledge in public administration to improve the efficiency of organizations.
Mengmeng Liu, Jinan (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a master's in management studies from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Campus coordinator of Junior Achievement China (NGO) and head of public relations department, Student Career Development Association.
  • Country of study: The United States because Liu enjoys the American way of life and wants to pursue a master's degree in the United States.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Become an equity research analyst, providing stock recommendations and earnings estimates to institutional investors.
Mi Luo, Beijing (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a Ph.D. in economics from New York University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Swimming, watching movies, vice president of Out-Going Exchange Department and vice president of External Relations Department, Youth Elevation Association, Peking University.
  • Country of study: The United States because Luo feels that it is the best place for economics training and research.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: To work as a faculty member at an economics department of a university and also to help others better understand the world and themselves. Wants to help disadvantaged children.
Jingnan Peng, Beijing (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in literature from Yale University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Book club, making short films and work at the school's television station.
  • Country of study: The United States because Peng believes that it has a good number of world renowned colleges and it is a center of the world.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to work as a scholar on humanities and part-time as an artist. Would like to master four languages and travel freely between cultures.
Shuo Shan, Beijing (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in biology from Cornell University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Student government, choir, Roots and Shoots club and Model United Nations.
  • Country of study: The United States because Shan believes that universities in the United States are defining a truly liberal and vital higher education, which enables students to become responsible and socially aware members of the global community.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to start a biomedical company that produces efficient medicines, and make them affordable to everyone.
Yining Tian, Hangzhou (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a master's in business and finance from the University of Maryland.
  • Extracurricular activities: Debate team, student union, student career development association, youth volunteer center and badminton.
  • Country of study: The United States because Tian believes that the United States has been instrumental in the foundation of modern finance, as well as in shaping the global capital market and a leader in analytical finance.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Be a professional risk analyst in financial planning and wealth management companies. Wants to work in a financial regulatory institution in China. Hopes to contribute to a healthy and mature capital market, thus promoting China's economy and promoting the welfare of the Chinese people.
Duo Wan, Chongqing (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a postgraduate degree in language and literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • Extracurricular activities: Student clubs including student ambassador, youth volunteer association and student president.
  • Country of study: The United States because Wan enjoys the academic environment and the culture of the United States.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Become a language educator in China combining the field's best practices with current research and theories. Hopes to become an influential language education policymaker in the Ministry of Education and an agent of progressive change in the education system in China.
Yanyue Wang, Shenyang (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Extracurricular activities: Volunteering, student union, drama, speech.
  • Country of study: The United States because Wang believes it has excellent academic resources.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to start an environmental organization and try to solve environmental problems. Hopes to organize an internet platform for environmentalists to exchange ideas and organize activities as well as discuss ways to save the environment and form a united force against climate downturn.
Yanzi Wu, Suzhou (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from the University of Virginia.
  • Extracurricular activities: Playing the guitar, running, librarian, chief of music department, hostess and producer of school radio station, designing, creating school posters and participating in debates.
  • Country of study: The United States because Wu would like to learn about and experience the American culture.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to research and study polar bears and their habitats, and find ways to deal with the tough situation faced by not only the polar bears but also humanity at large.
Zhuofei Xu, Beijing (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's in urban studies from Brown University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Student government, Model United Nations, founder of Qunying Club.
  • Country of study: The United States because Xu believes that the United States provides an environment to get to know people from different backgrounds as well as a liberal education. Xu also feels that the United States has excellent internship programs that combine theory with practice.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Would like to start an architecture and urban planning firm, which will be devoted to designing affordable housing in developing countries and building healthy communities in cities. Hopes to cooperate with the United Nations Development and Progress Department and take part in United Nations post-disaster reconstruction missions.
Yuan Xue, Chengdu (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a master's in economics from Duke University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Reading, writing, listening to music, Peking University Enrollment Propaganda Committee Leader, volunteer for Peking University Center for Health Economics and volleyball.
  • Country of study: The United States because Xue believes that the United States has an excellent higher education system.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Become a faculty member in a university. Return to China since Finance is an emerging subject there and systematically trained professors are in need. Help individual investors with their investment decisions for they are always at a disadvantage compared with institutional investors.
Hui Zeng, Beijing (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a juris doctorate in labor law from New York University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Singing, swimming, Model United Nations, and moot court law competition.
  • Country of study: The United States because Zeng believes it has a more mature legal system which other countries can learn from.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Work at Zhicheng Legal Aid Center as a public interest lawyer. Wants to improve the Chinese labor law system. Also hopes to work with public interest lawyers, law school students and government schools to offer legal workshops and conferences in underprivileged communities.
Han Zhang, Hong Kong (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University, Bloomington.
  • Extracurricular activities: Reading, writing, practicing Chinese calligraphy, member of the Chinese Society for hard-pen calligraphers, singing, working out.
  • Country of study: The United States because Zhang believes that the United States is a prominent destination for research in economics, and provides the best training and education to future economists.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Become an academic economist working at a research institution. Hopes to further the development of China and save more people from poverty.
Yiwen Zheng, Chengdu (US$1,500)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in East Asian studies from Stanford University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Participating in volunteer activities like setting up art shows, coaching juniors and setting up the oracle bones study club.
  • Country of study: The United States because with passion and perseverance Zheng's dreams can be realized in the United States.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Teach East Asian art and culture in universities or academic organizations in cities around the world.
Gaayathry Ravikumar, Chennai (US$10,000)
  • Pursuing a master's degree in chemical engineering specializing in product development from University of California, Berkeley.
  • Extracurricular activities: Music, dancing, painting, volleyball, member of The Chromatographic Society of India, Chemical Engineering Association, Student Council, Vice President of the Fine Arts Society — National Institutes of Technology (NIT).
  • Country of study: The United States because UC Berkeley offers a course in product development which is Ravikumar's chosen field of interest.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Work in product development toward cost-efficient manufacturing, making quality products available to every segment of society. Intends to start an organization called, 'Akansha' for educating and rehabilitating the underpriviledged.
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Karanveer Mohan, New Delhi (US$5,000)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science from Stanford University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Organizing various mathematical and IT symposiums, mathematical quizzes and puzzles, writing light verse, theater, chess, puzzle solving, is a member of MENSA as well as the theater club, math society, math club and computer club.
  • Country of study: The United States because of the flexibility it offers. Although Mohan wishes to pursue computer science as his major, he has always wanted to study history and philosophy. He feels that studying these subjects will help him deepen his knowledge in computer science with a comprehensive world view.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Work in the field of machine vision and artificial intelligence. He sees a world where every face is stored in a database — where image retrieval and matching are highly efficient.
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Iqra Anugrah, Oita (US$4,000)
  • Pursuing a masters of arts in political science at Ohio University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Involved in student activism, student journalism, and academic conferences, seminars and symposia. Active in a number of student organizations, including the Indonesian Students' Association in Japan and its affiliated institutions.
  • Country of study: The United States because Anugrah believes the United States has rigorous academic traditions and a sociopolitical environment which encourages students to be socially concerned and put theories into practice.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to enhance the collegial spirit among social and political scientists in Indonesia and establish the Indonesian Journal of Political Science as one of the most referred journals for social and political science in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Set up a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that focuses on grassroots politics and education, to promote citizen participation in the political process.
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Daiki Itoh, Tokyo (US$4,000)
  • Pursuing a graduate degree in computer science and architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Extracurricular activities: President of the Science and Technology Leadership Association, participates in science forums, summits, conferences and symposiums.
  • Country of study: The United States because Itoh believes it has an environment of competitiveness, its human network and its culture of being encouraged to try new things and push boundaries.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Provide a universal digital product to all demographics, including rural areas, hospitals and developing countries.
Keisuke Kitamura, Tokyo (US$4,000)
  • Pursuing a masters of public administration with concentration in economic development from Columbia University.
  • Extracurricular activities: International law moot court competition.
  • Country of study: The United States because Kitamura believes that the most distinguished public administration programs are offered in United States schools.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Help developing countries achieve self-sustaining economic growth, help improve social infrastructure and promote large-scale job creation.
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Maki Nakata, Tokyo (US$4,000)
  • Pursuing a master's degree in international business with a focus on marketing and human securities at The Fletcher School, Tufts University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Pro-bono activities with various Non Profit Organizations (NPOs)
  • Country of study: The United States because Nakata believes it has high academic standards in graduate education.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to establish a business model that connects the developing and developed nations and minimize the economic gap between the two.
Ling-Ya Chao, Taipei (US$3,000)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree from Harvard University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Swimming, dance, table tennis, speech, designing websites, math club and activities manager.
  • Country of study: The United States because Chao believes it has great cultural diversity.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Would like to build connections between United States and Taiwan's colleges. Through distance learning, students will be able to attend courses that are not taught in their original school, as well as interact with foreign students and exchange cultural ideas through discussion and cooperation.
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Yi-Jou Chiang, Taipei (US$3,000)
  • Pursuing a degree in public policy from Harvard University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Swimming, campus tour guide, community service, public speaking and student government president.
  • Country of study: The United States because Chiang believes that the American education system motivates students to think actively and cultivates creativity.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Hopes to combine public speaking and law. Wants to work with nonprofit organizations in America such as: Habitat for Humanity® and the American Red Cross.
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Daisy (Yan Ju) Chung, Kaohsiung (US$3,000)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in biology from Rice University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Playing tennis, jogging, basketball, playing the violin and the dizi, baking and drawing.
  • Country of study: The United States because of its cultural diversity. Looks forward to making friends with people from different backgrounds.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Aspires to become a scientific researcher in biology-related fields. Wants to conserve and record the native species of Taiwan and to share its amazing ecology with others. Also hopes to combine biology and art by becoming a scientific illustrator. Wants to illustrate biology books for young learners.
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Hsin-Yuan Peng, Hsinchu County (US$3,000)
  • Pursuing a bachelor's degree in cinema studies from New York University.
  • Extracurricular activities: Writing and watching films, Model United Nations and poetry club.
  • Country of study: The United States because Peng believes strongly in the American education system.
  • Goal in 5–10 years: Wants to become a film scholar specializing in Asian cinema and to understand and more systematically promote films from Taiwan as a contribution to our community.
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