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Saturday, November 19, 2005

STPM, US - Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT Freeman Asian Scholarship Program

Wesleyan University, a offers a prestigious full scholarship to citizens of the following 11 countries :
People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. 2 Freeman Scholars are chosen from each country every year, making a total of 22 incoming Freeman Scholars every year.

Info about Wesleyan University : Wesleyan University http://www.wesleyan.edu/admission/international/freeman.html
Freeman Scholarship is a full scholarship for four years, including room and board, ONE plane ticket to the US and ONE plane ticket back after 4 years. Also, a generous books and supplies stipend is provided every semester as well as a considerable monthly stipend. In addition, if your English is not your first language/your English is not excellent, the scholarship will sponsor a one month intensive English program at the beautiful Yale University.

Wesleyan University(www.wesleyan.edu) in Middletown, CT, (not to be confused with Wellesley, a girls college, or several other Wesleyan institutions elsewhere in the US) is a small, liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2500 undergraduates and 200 graduates. Wesleyan prides itself on its highly flexible academic program; the University does not require any core syllabus and allows students to take nearly any classes they please, as long as they complete a major. Wesleyan has excellent overall academic performance, with dedicated and good professors in all fields. The environment here is very liberal, with very high student activism levels. Even though Middletown is a small town, you can be sure that there’s always something to do on campus.

Wesleyan has a very strong international student community. International students, most especially Freeman Scholars, are very, very well taken care of at Wesleyan. It is hard to express the care and concern that I’ve experienced here in the past three months. Make sure you come for International Student Orientation!

Application process : Send an email to Dean Terri Overton toverton@wesleyan.edu and request for a application form. There is no online application for the Freeman Scholarship. Do not send in the Common Application. Please read http://www.wesleyan.edu/admission/international/freeman.html first. 10 finalists are chosen from each country and are interviewed (in their respective home countries) by a panel of interviewers, usually Mr and Mrs.Freeman and John Driscoll, a dean at the college.

Requirements : For Malaysians, forecast SPM results are specifically NOT accepted. You will have to have some sort of higher-level education in progress, i.e. A-Levels, STPM, etc. (I’m not sure about CPU etc.. email Dean Overton to get more information)

For all applicants, the normal SAT scores as well as TOEFL exam scores are required as well. General Hints : Wesleyan likes varied, interesting applicants, not just your academic performance. Tell them about your ballet concert! Show them your SCUBA diving experience! Write about your beloved hometown/housing estate!

I hope that the above information has been helpful for you, and I really do recommend that you should try to apply (after all, it’s free…). Wesleyan University is a really great place to be. Come with an open mind and, if you prefer, a thick skin, and you will have an amazing experience. If you have more questions, you can contact me (Kin Yan) at http://www.chewkinyan.com/ or through this site.

By Chew Kin Yan
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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ms Yan,
I am very interested in applying for the Wesleyan Asian Freeman Scholarship mentioned above. After reading the application details,as a high-achiever, I know that I fully meet the selection requirements. However, I am still worried about the scholarship essay on the topic "How will you use your Wesleyan education to benefit your country?". I do know that I want to support the development of my country which is Vietnam in as many ways as I can. However, since I am only a high school graduate, it is quite difficult for me to specifically express what I want to do for my country and the role that the Wesleyan education will play in this plan for the future. Would you kindly give me some advice as to in what ways I can address the essay question? Thank you very much. Pls reply to me as soon as possible to my email add: thanhmeye@hotmail.com. Btw, my name is Mai Nguyen

12:41 PM

 
Blogger chewkinyan said...

Hi, readers of this post. There's been some significant changes to the Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship, so the information on this post is not completely accurate. The information will be updated soon! Until then, you can still contact me with any questions. :)

-kinyan

2:21 AM

 

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