February 28, 2018 at 9:22 am

Chinese Language Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship to Study in China

Rufus stands beside Jahmir King, the recipient of the Project Global Officer (Project GO) scholarship to study Chinese in China.

Rufus stands beside Jahmir King, the recipient of the Project Global Officer (Project GO) scholarship to study Chinese in China.

Jahmir King, a freshman student in the Global Studies – War & Peace program, has just won a highly competitive scholarship: Project Global Officer (Project GO), to support him to study Chinese language in China in the coming summer.

This scholarship is similar to the nationally competitive Critical Language Program, with all expenses covered to study in China. King was chosen for this scholarship because of the quality of the Chinese Language training he received in the Linguistics Department at OHIO University.

“Winning this scholarship not only helps reflect the success of the Army ROTC/Bobcat Battalion and the competitive merit of the Chinese language education at OHIO, but also OHIO’s mission to produce globalized citizens to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” King said of winning the scholarship.

Project GO promotes critical language education with scholarships for ROTC students. It aims at providing opportunities of studying abroad and intercultural dialogue through language study. The program was designed to improve the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. The program’s goal is to develop future military officers within all of the U.S. Armed Forces who possess the necessary linguistic and cross-cultural communication skills required for effective leadership in the 21st century operational environment.

Project GO scholarship recipients are selected based on merit, including academic merit, language experience, cultural sensitivity, leadership, commitment to Project GO mission and diversity. Winners of this scholarship will gain prestigious points for their order of merit list (OML) in the ROTC program.

What is unique in King’s case is that he not only was identified as a highly competitive candidate for the mission of Project GO, he was selected by three institutions that offer this scholarship. So right now he has the luxury of choosing from the three scholarship programs. He has chosen a program that will arrange for him to stay with a host family in Beijing while studying Chinese at a local university. He will definitely perfect his Mandarin Chinese proficiency level out of this program.

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