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Saint Xavier student wins scholarship to study in Tokyo

Sophomore honors student will study at Japan's prestigious Sophia University

Chicago (Jan. 10, 2007) � Saint Xavier University student Michael Noonan has been awarded the prestigious Freeman Awards for Study in Asia Scholarship worth $5,000 to help cover the cost of his study in Tokyo, Japan, this spring. 

Noonan, of Lansing, is an honors sophomore philosophy major at Saint Xavier. He has been accepted to study abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, through the Council for International Educational Exchange. Sophia University is internationally recognized as one of the top three universities in Japan.

�Mike wants to study in Tokyo the ways in which the young urban Japanese have adopted a technologized, animated, popular culture,� said philosophy professor Thomas Thorp, Ph.D., chair of the Philosophy Department at Saint Xavier University. �The fact that his project earned the support of the Freeman-ASIA scholarship committee is a real testament to the way he creatively blends artistic and academic excellence.�

The scholarship is designed to support American undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need who plan to study in East or Southeast Asia, according to the council�s Web site (www.iie.org/programs/Freeman-ASIA). Award recipients are expected to share their experiences with their home campuses to encourage study in Asia by others and to spread greater understanding of Asian people and cultures within their home communities.

The leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization, the Council for International Educational Exchange creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. The council administers 95 study abroad programs in more than 33 host countries and teaching programs in Chile, China, Spain and Thailand. Educators can participate in 26 seminars in 29 countries.

Since the launch of the program in 2000, Freeman-ASIA has supported more than 2,500 U.S. undergraduates with their study abroad plans in East and Southeast Asia. For more information on the council, please visit www.ciee.org.


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago�s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago and Orland Park, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier�s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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