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Newman Scholars in Chinese Studies

To reward Oklahoma high school seniors who have studied Chinese, and encourage them to continue their study of China at OU, the OU Institute for US-China Issues announces a $2,000 scholarship competition, the Newman Scholars in Chinese Studies.

Newman Scholars will receive $1,000 in their OU bursars account upon enrollment in a single Chinese class their freshman year. Should they choose to study abroad in the Chinese speaking world their sophomore or junior years, they will receive another $1,000 in their OU bursars account.

Newman Scholars will also have special access to Institute programming, such as meeting with the Chinese and American diplomats who attend the US-China Diplomatic Dialogue, Chinese writers and literary experts involved in the Newman Prize for Chinese Literature, and attending monthly China faculty lunch talks.

Application Information. Two steps:

  1. Chinese teachers in the state of Oklahoma are encouraged to nominate the best graduating seniors in their Chinese classes. Nominations should be submitted by e-mail to by the second Wednesday in February, and should include student names and e-mail addresses. No more than three names can be submitted by any one Chinese teacher. They must be ranked, and each applicant’s experience and strengths and weaknesses as a Chinese language student should be briefly discussed.

  2. The Institute for US-China Issues will then e-mail qualified nominated students inviting applications, which students should submit electronically to by the first Wednesday of March. Student applications should include a one page statement about their experience studying Chinese and why the student wishes to attend OU, a copy of their high school transcript, and a short résumé or cv. Students should also have one high school teacher other than their Chinese teacher submit a brief (no more than one page) letter of recommendation by e-mail to no later than first Wednesday of March.

Winners will be announced the first Friday of March. Please address questions to or 405/325-3580.

2012 Newman Scholars in Chinese Studies
Jesse Bradfiord-Rogers, Booker T. Washington HS in Tulsa
Aulia Hill, Booker T. Washington HS in Tulsa
Brandon Sibala, Booker T. Washington HS in Tulsa
Elle Portwood, Casady HS in OKC
Hillary Fields, Santa Fe South HS in OKC
Bradley Quy, Norman HS
Claire Miller, Norman North HS

2013 Newman Scholars in Chinese Studies
Meriden Lee, Booker T. Washington HS in Tulsa
Lauren Langholz, Booker T. Washington HS in Tulsa
Maddie Phillips, Booker T. Washington HS in Tulsa
Collin Gaddie, Norman HS

2014 Newman Scholar in Chinese Studies
Nicholas Todd, Norman HS

2015 Newman Scholars in Chinese Studies

Trey Henderson, Holland Hall, Tulsa
Lauren Lusk, Booker T. Washington HS, Tulsa
Viviana Lopez, Norman HS