Lozano receives second prestigious study abroad scholarship

July 31, 2012

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WACO, Texas (July 31, 2012) -- Baylor senior Brittany Lozano recently won not one, but two competitive scholarships for her impending trip to Japan. Lozano won the Freeman-ASIA scholarship earlier this summer, and she was recently notified that she won the Bridging Scholarship as well.

"The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year," the scholarship's website explains.

Lozano said that the scholarship will help manage the costs of living in Japan, thus making her trip possible.

"I am going to be spending a full academic year learning as much as I can about Japanese language and culture at Hosei University in Tokyo, and such a long trip is something my family would not be able to afford independently," Lozano said. "The Bridging Scholarship is an important part in making it possible for me to bring this trip from being just an idea to being a reality."

She learned about the scholarship through her Baylor Japanese professor, Yuko Prefume, lecturer in Asian and African languages. Prefume also helped her apply for her first scholarship, the Freeman-ASIA scholarship.

"The word proud is not enough to describe how I feel about Brittany receiving these impressive scholarships. Then again, knowing how hard she works both in and out of classes, she is well-deserved to win both," Prefume said. "As a teacher, I feel privileged for having had the opportunity to work with Brittany."

Knowing that she will be receiving financial help for her trip helps to alleviate stress for Lozano, allowing her to focus on the adventure itself.

"This trip to Japan is going to be the most exciting, intimidating, adventurous, life-changing experience I've ever had. I have such high hopes for the trip, and I am really eager to learn all that I can through this great opportunity," she said.


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by Mallory Hisler, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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