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New Mexico State University student receives grant, scholarship to study in Japan

New Mexico State University junior Nadia M. Issa was given a total of $5,500 to participate in a new Asian exchange program at the university.

CUTLINE: New Mexico State University junior Nadia M. Issa was awarded $5,500 to study in Japan during the spring 2003 semester. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Issa, an engineering physics major from El Paso, received a $5,000 Freeman-Asia Grant and a $500 Las Cruces-Mesilla Valley Rotary Club Scholarship to study at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan, for the spring 2003 semester.

She is the first student at New Mexico State to participate in the Kansai Gaidai University exchange program. The program was initiated by New Mexico State's Center for International Programs and the Department of Languages and Linguistics to address the increasing interest in Asian studies and demand for Japanese language courses.

The Freeman-Asia Grant is administered by the Institute of International Education, which accepts and considers applications nationwide. The grant is funded by the Freeman Foundation, whose goal is to increase the number of American undergraduates who study in east and southeast Asia.

The Las Cruces-Mesilla Valley Rotary Club awards two $500 scholarships to New Mexico State students each year.