Nine international students were honored Monday as finalists for the Richmond-Haydar Memorial Scholarship at the annual scholarship dinner.
The Richmond-Haydar Memorial Scholarship is A-State’s only scholarship solely given to international students. Candidates for this scholarship were chosen based on their academic achievement as well as their overall involvement in campus programs inside and outside the classroom.
Ganlei Huang, an animal science, pre-veterinary major of Guangzhou, China, won the award for the undergraduate category, and the winner of the graduate student class was Oluwayinka Iseyemi, a doctoral student in environmental science of Nigeria.
Chancellor Tim Hudson congratulated the finalists on their achievements, and restated the university’s passion for international educational outreach.
“I believe it is one of the most powerful things we have going in this institution,” he said. “I know a lot of times in international education, we have talked about educating students from abroad, but in that, we are also educating ourselves about the wider world.”
As he addressed the students, teachers and trustees, he expressed his pride in the efforts made by the international students on campus.
Hudson reminded the audience of the lasting importance of international education.
“There is a lot of benefit in educating each other on the wider world,” he said.
The Richmond-Haydar scholarship was named in memory of the late Mossie J. Richmond, former vice president of Student Affairs, and the late Afak Haydar, former director of International Affairs.
The scholarship began in 1998 and was established because of the insights of Haydar, said Herman Strickland, professor emeritus of the College of Education, and Dean of the University College.
Haydar felt that a scholarship for international students would send a strong message indicating A-State desired to build and maintain a significant international student population, Strickland said.
Haydar and Richmond both played essential roles in creating the international connection necessary for students of other countries to attend ASU during the 1980s through the 1990s.
“Without the efforts of Dr. Richmond and Dr. Haydar, as well as the students who have traveled many miles in order to attend A-State, international studies would not be in the highly regarded position it is now,” Strickland said.
Huang, the undergraduate winner, is a member of the ASU Volunteer Counsel, the Reng Student Union Advisory Council and has been described by her professors as hardworking.
Her decision to attend A-State was influenced by her hopes of completing undergraduate studies and graduate school. With her degree, she said she hopes to aid in discovering new medicines for animals.
Huang said she decided to attend A-State early to better absorb American culture.
“This was the best way to be sure that I am well adjusted to life in the United States,” she said.
Huang applied for the Richmond-Haydar scholarship in hopes of aiding her parents in the financial responsibility of paying for college.
“It is an honor because I think that when you want to get a scholarship you have to work hard. It gives me more opportunities for me to get involved in American society,” she said.
Earning the scholarship was particularly uplifting for her as she was a finalist for the scholarship last year. Huang said not being selected at that time strongly motivated her to do and learn more inside and outside the classroom.
The graduate student winner, Oluwayinka Iseyemi, was described by her professors as a team member who inspires others to work harder, and a woman who can maintain a professional attitude.
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