Three University of South Carolina students, Madison Clark, Hannah Gardner and Chloe Penaflor, have been named 2021 Freeman-ASIA Scholars.
Madison Clark, a junior from Columbia, South Carolina is a global studies major with a minor in Japanese. Clark is a recipient of the Carolina Global Study Award, the Rainbow Scholarship through the Computer Information Systems program and the Maxcy Travel Grant. After graduation, she plans to return abroad to teach English as a second language or work for a nonprofit organization.
Hannah Gardner, a junior integrated information technology major from Florence, South Carolina is a Carolina Global Scholar at the International House at Maxcy with minors in international studies and Japanese. Gardner is a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, the College of Engineering and Computing Scholarship and the 2020 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Studies in Japanese. After graduation, they plan to utilize their Japanese skills gained from abroad while working in the field of IT or data science.
Chloe Penaflor, a sophomore Greenville, South Carolina native is majoring in mass communications with a minor in film and media studies. A member of the Carolina Global Scholars, she serves as the communications specialist at Maxcy College and writes for the “Beyond Borders” blog. Chloe’s ultimate goal is to tell stories in creative forms, whether through film and media, the arts or journalism.
Freeman-ASIA is an Institute of International Education (IIE)-administered scholarship sponsored by the Freeman Foundation that is offered to U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Our 2021 recipients plan to use their funding to support study abroad programs in Japan (Clark and Gardner) and South Korea (Penaflor) during the 2021-2022 academic year. Clark and Gardner were also named recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a US State Department-funded scholarship that supports undergraduate study abroad.
Clark, Gardner and Penaflor were assisted in their application processes by the Education Abroad Office and the National Fellowships and Scholar Programs office on campus.