The Center for Asian Business at Loyola Marymount University is pleased to award four summer scholarships, named the John P. Daly, S.J. Scholarships for Study in Korea, to Ashley Hudson, Caleb Nyberg, Kyle Peerless and Chris Wonder. These students will travel to South Korea from June 22 – July 6, 2013.
About the Recipients
Ashley Hudson is a junior majoring in Business Management with a minor in Theater Arts. Since October 2011, she has worked as a student administrative assistant for the College of Business Administration. She is a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and volunteers regularly with the Blind Children’s Center in Downtown LA and the Sunrise Assisted Living Center in Marina del Rey. Originally from Hawaii, Ashley has always been fascinated by all types of cultures. During her trip to South Korea, she “is looking forward to learning firsthand about the business environment and economy of a country that has such a significant effect on the entire world.” After graduating from LMU, Ashley intends to pursue a career with a heavy focus on international business and this trip will give her the experience she needs to make a greater impact.
Caleb Nyberg is a junior majoring in Marketing with a minor in English. He is a member of the University Honors Program, Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Theta Pi fraternity. In the summer of 2012, Caleb won a summer undergraduate research grant through the University Honors Program and spent time in Ethiopia researching and filming a documentary. In the fall of 2012, Caleb participated in the LMU New Europe Study Abroad Program in Bonn, Germany. He is fluent in Spanish and speaks a little German and Swedish. Caleb has never been to an Asian country before; therefore, South Korea represents a whole world waiting to be explored. As a business student, Caleb “expects to gain much from understanding Korean business culture and practices” and believes this trip will truly be an invaluable experience.
Kyle Peerless is a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Applied Mathematics. This past spring, he was a teaching assistant for the LMU Mathematics Department helping undergraduate students with calculus. In the fall of 2012, Kyle spent a semester abroad in Bonn, Germany studying the scientific and technological culture of Western Europe. He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. After traveling to Bonn, Kyle now has a new international mindset that drives him to travel and see what the world has to offer. He says traveling to Korea would provide him with an incredible perspective in respect to his academic studies and give him the opportunity to learn more about South Korea’s booming electronics industry.
Chris Wonder is a junior majoring in Film Production with a minor in German. He is also a member of the University Honors Program and is an Arrupe Scholar. Chris currently works as a Video Editor and Videographer at Tsehai Publishers. He traveled with Caleb Nyberg to Nigeria in the summer of 2012 to research and film a documentary about the portrayal of Africa in western media. Participating in the immersion program in Korea would be “an amazing opportunity because it would allow me to travel to a country that I know very little about.” Chris says traveling to various parts of the world not only helps you learn about that specific region’s culture and customs, but it also teaches you about your own culture based on the differences.
About the Scholarships
The scholarships are named in honor of the late Fr. John P. Daly, S.J., former director of the Center for Asian Business at LMU. He worked in Korea as a young Jesuit from 1961 to 1981 to help develop Sogang University in Seoul, Korea where he served as president for 12 years. Fr. Daly’s lifelong goal has always been to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of culture and history between Asians and Americans. Korea, especially, is still largely unknown by Americans. Sogang faculty, alumni and other friends have contributed to the endowment as a way to foster the study of Korean culture and history to promote understanding by mainstream Americans.
The scholarships provide an opportunity for LMU students to learn Korean history and to experience the culture and respond positively with respect and sincerity. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of their essays, their GPAs, and their interviews by the Selection Committee. Scholarship winners will spend two weeks in Korea, and upon return will submit a report on the cultural differences they experienced. The students will receive partial roundtrip airfare. Accommodations and meals will be provided by host families, and travel arrangements in-country will be paid. A coordinator from Sogang University will supervise the program in Korea.
Jesuits from the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus at the request of the Korean Bishops opened the first Catholic University in Korea in 1960. It currently enrolls 13,500 students and another 3,000 in graduate programs in six colleges –Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Economics and Business Administration.
The Center for Asian Business
The Center for Asian Business in the College of Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University was established in 1995 to promote understanding between Asians and Americans at first through executive education programs for Asian executives, and recently, through faculty research grants, special lecture series, movie screenings, international business course offerings and student field trip scholarships.