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Boston, Mass. (December 19, 2017) – U.S. News Global Education announced the finalists for its International Scholarship contest. The 12 students who made it to the final round will continue to compete for one of five merit scholarships that provides full first-year tuition.

The finalists are: Maria Ruiz Dominguez, Spain, Bishop Seabury Academy, recommended by Matt Patterson; Ngoc Quynh Giao Phan, Vietnam, The Village School recommended by Jerry Saour; Chau Tue Minh Nguyen, Vietnam, Lee Academy recommended by Kendra Ritchie; Phu Trinh, Vietnam, The Geneva School recommended by Scott Thigpen and Evan Pederson; Haneul Song, South Korea, Mount Pisgah Christian School recommended by Susan Reilly; Ziv Mesulati, Israel, American Hebrew Academy, recommended by Rebecca Chabrow; Ansar Eshonkulov, Kazakhstan, The Village School recommended by Erik Ostergren; Osasumen Frederick-Ilekhuoba, Nigeria, Cheshire Academy recommended by Madeleine Bergstrom; Xiaoyang Yang, China, International Leadership of Texas–Garland recommended by Alexandra Sabin; Claudia Verona, Spain, New Hampton School recommended by Jennifer Berry; Jianyuan Chen, China, Windermere Preparatory School recommended by Ruth Lahnston; Po Ju Chen, Taiwan, Montverde Academy recommended by Yordin Robinson.

“This inaugural class of finalists showcases some of the highest-achieving and talented international students currently studying here in the United States,” said Michael Huckaby, Managing Director of U.S. News Global Education. “We’re honored to be able to give these deserving students the opportunity to study at one of the leading universities in the United States.”

The finalists will move on to the next round, where they will be interviewed next month at their top choice participating university. The interviews will be conducted by a panel of U.S. News Global Education and International University Alliance education professionals.

The U.S. News Global Education International Scholarship contest is specifically for international high school seniors studying in U.S. high schools. The organization’s most prestigious merit-based program awards winning students 100 percent of their first-year tuition at a participating school, recognition at a ceremony at U.S. News & World Report’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and priority access to the university’s mentorship and student ambassador programs.

Participating universities include Adelphi University (Garden City, N.Y.), American University’s International Accelerator (Washington, D.C.), Auburn University (Auburn, Ala.), University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kan.), University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, Ill.), University of South Carolina (Columbia, S.C.), University of the Pacific (Stockton, Calif.), Florida International University (Miami, Fla.), Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) and the University of Central Florida (Orlando, Fla.). The participating universities are members of the International University Alliance, a collection of universities that recognize the importance of a truly international campus. Each university offers first-year programs designated specifically for international students, which promote their success through support services and programming to integrate students into the university life. The U.S. News Global Education International Scholarship will be awarded for each of the schools’ programs.

Students submitted their scholarship applications, which included an application, resume, letter of recommendation and a personal essay, for review earlier this month. A council of higher education experts from U.S. News Global Education and the International University Alliance evaluated all submitted applications to identify the 12 finalists.

The winners of the contest will be announced in late February upon the conclusion of the panel interviews.

About U.S. News Global Education

Our mission is very simple: enable life-changing experiences for international students and open U.S. and global universities to the world. Delivering on that mission is where U.S. News Global Education will set itself apart. Ultimately it is our vision to reinvent the research and selection process for higher education by enabling international students, parents, education counselors, university partners and employers to seamlessly find the best-fit experience for long-term achievement.

About the International University Alliance

The International University Alliance is a group of nationally recognized top-tier U.S. universities expanding opportunities for international students by supporting multilateral relationships among its participants and global higher education stakeholders.


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