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Scholarship program strengthens ties down under


January 24, 2007

The Australia New Zealand America Chamber of Commerce (ANZACC) will offer scholarships to study abroad through the Global Futures Initiative of ASU's Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering.

ANZACC president John Andrews says the scholarship program advances the organization's goal to “promote trade, investment and economic relations between Australia, New Zealand and the United States, with a particular emphasis on Arizona, which has enjoyed much success as an exporter of high-tech products into the world market.”

The Global Futures Initiative seeks to increase the number of Fulton School of Engineering students involved in high-technology education, service and leadership development from an international perspective, says Richard D. Filley, director of the Global Futures program.

“Global engagement is extremely important to the mission of the Fulton School of Engineering and ASU,” Filley says. “This is the first scholarship program ever offered by the Fulton School that focuses solely on sending our students abroad. It will allow more of our students to study overseas, as well as bring top students from Australia and New Zealand to ASU.”

Modeled after the successful “ USA to Australia ” scholarship program of the American Australian Association, it will offer the following annual awards:

• $1,000 plus a free round-trip plane ticket for a student in the Fulton School of Engineering to study for a semester at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

• $1,000 plus a free round-trip plane ticket for a student in the Fulton School of Engineering to study for a semester at The University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.

• $1,000 and a free round-trip plane ticket for a student in an engineering or computer science program at the Queensland University of Technology to study for a semester at ASU.

• $1,000 and a free round-trip plane ticket for a student in an engineering or computer science program at The University of Waikato to study for a semester at ASU.

Awards will be limited to ASU students with U.S. citizenship, enrolled with regular standing as a junior or higher in a degree program of the Fulton School of Engineering.

Participating students at the Queensland University of Technology must be Australian citizens enrolled at year-three level or higher with regular status in an engineering or computer science degree program.

Participating students at the University of Waikato must be New Zealand citizens enrolled at year-three level or higher, with regular status in an engineering or computer science degree program.

Students will be selected on a competitive basis. Applications are due by Jan. 31. Selections are scheduled to be made by Feb. 15.

For more information, visit the Web site (www.fulton.asu.edu/globalfutures).