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Honors student receives scholarship to study in China for full year


Leanna Brown

University of Akron Honors College student Leanna Brown received the UA Confucius Institute Henan Scholarship, which will provide support for a full year of study in China. The scholarship is made possible through the University's Confucius Institute, in collaboration with Henan University in China.

UA's Chinese language program prepared Brown for her time abroad by developing her strong Chinese language skills. Her application for the scholarship included the successful completion of a Chinese language proficiency exam, according to Dr. Bill Lyons, director of the Confucius Institute and acting director of Academic Global Programs.

"Leanna's Chinese skills are unusually strong for such a young student, as demonstrated by her exceptional performance on the proficiency exam," Lyons says.

Well prepared to make most of trip

Brown, of Twinsburg, credits the Confucius Institute, faculty and staff for providing her with access to Chinese culture and language education. She especially acknowledges Run Guo, a visiting instructor from the International School for Chinese Language and Culture at Henan University, for helping her gain confidence in her studies.

"I honestly feel as though Ms. Guo took a special and much appreciated interest in me, and I will never be able to thank her enough for giving me the confidence," says Brown who will document her China experiences and travel on her blog,

Brown also earned a summer scholarship to Qingdao, China, for her performance in a Chinese competency competition at The Ohio State University. She leaves in September for Kaifeng, China, where she will study at Henan University.

About the Confucius Institute

The University of Akron's Confucius Institute is a cooperative project of The University of Akron, the National Office of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Chinese Ministry of Education and Henan University in Kaifeng, China. The Confucius Institute promotes the expansion of Chinese language through a range of educational and outreach activities.

For more information, please visit the Confucius Institute or call 330-972-2013.

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