CSU, Chico News

Student Tapped for Prestigious Study Abroad Scholarship

Date: 05-19-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico junior Nicolas Woo has received a prestigious Wang Family Scholarship to study in Taiwan during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Woo, who is triple majoring in international relations, economics and Asian studies, is one of 17 CSU students statewide to receive the $4,000 study abroad award. He will spend the next academic year at the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan.

“I’m really interested in trying to get as much language training over there as possible,” Woo said, adding he’s taken four semesters of Mandarin at CSU, Chico. While in Taiwan, he plans to visit relatives near Hong Kong and immerse himself in his Chinese heritage.

The Wang Family Scholarship was established in 2000 with a $1.2 million gift by CSU Trustee Emeritus Stanley T. Wang. The scholarship aims to prepare students for work and service in an international and interdependent world. Academic interest in China or Taiwan and financial need are among the criteria for selection.

“Nicolas exemplifies a new generation of college student with multidisciplinary interests within a global context,” said CSU, Chico study abroad advisor Steve Wildhaber. “His year in Taipei will greatly strengthen his understanding of economics and international relations, while giving him a competitive edge in the job market after graduation.”