More Scholarships for USF and Florida Students to Study in China
August 6, 2012

As the 2012-13 academic year approaches, three USF students Michael DeRoma, Melanie Rinehart and Steven Siperko will head to China for approximately a year on Chinese scholarships received through the USF Confucius Institute.

Melanie Rinehart and Steven Siperko are Tier III students in the Chinese Learning in the Culture program facilitated byUSF World Languages and have been taught by Drs. Eric Shepherd and Xizhen Qin. Guided by the CI Director Kun Shi, both students completed their application and were awarded the CI Scholarship, covering full tuition and living expenses to study at Qingdao University for an entire academic year.

A Tier III student of Chinese, Michael DeRoma just graduated from USF with a B.A. in history and is heading to Nanjing University for an M.A. program supported by the Chinese Government Scholarship for two and a half years. This scholarship was provided to USF through the Institute for International Students at Nanjing University. The Confucius Institute has also helped another Florida student pursue an M.A. degree in China starting in the next academic year.

In November 2009, President Barack Obama announced the “100,000 Strong” initiative to increase the number and diversify the composition of American students studying in China. The Chinese government strongly supports this initiative and has already committed 10,000 “Bridge Scholarships” that will enable American students to study in China.

There are a wide variety of programs for people who want to study in China, including a number of U.S. Government-sponsored programs, as well as scholarships offered by the Chinese government. For a summary of current scholarship and other assistance opportunities for both secondary and post-secondary students, visit: