Omaha – Goodrich Scholar Amber Johnson has been awarded a prestigious Chinese Government Scholarship to study abroad at Qingdao University in Qingdao, China. The study abroad opportunity focuses on intensive language learning. Johnson will further develop her skills in Mandarin Chinese. The scholarship is valued at US$10,000, including tuition, room, board, health insurance, travel/conference allowance /fees, and a stipend. Johnson applied through the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, which recommended her to the Chinese Government Scholarship Program. She was accepted in late July and has since made a trip to Washington, DC, to apply for and receive her visa.
Johnson kick-started her Mandarin language learning through the summer 2017 Taiwan-US Sister Relations Alliance program. The TUSA program is a competitive Global Ambassador Scholarship Program with a mission to promote peace in the world by creating closer friendships and understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Taiwan. Read more about Johnson receiving the TUSA award.
This past spring Johnson worked with a highly motivated team that finished third in a national competition by the Anti-Defamation League. The Innovate Against Hate challenge finals were in Washington, DC. The competition challenged students to design, pilot, and implement social or digital initiatives with the goal of countering hate and extremism. The group received national accolades for their Room at Our Table campaign. Prior to this, Johnson spent a year as the Sustained Dialogue Student Coordinator. As well, she spent a semester abroad as a Benjamin A. Gilman scholar at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, where she took courses in crisis management and contemporary security.
This recent Chinese Government Scholarship enables her to further engage actively with the global community, and by receiving this national award she advances one of the fundamental goals of College of Public Affairs and Community Service and the University of Nebraska at Omaha as she prepares for global citizenship and leadership.
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