UNT student awarded P.E.O. Peace Scholarship
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- For the second year in a row, Kaili Chen, a graduate student of the University of North Texas, was awarded a $6,000 scholarship from the 2003-2004 P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) International Peace Scholarship Fund in April.The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship is awarded annually to women who are citizens of countries other than the United States or Canada. The scholarship is designed for graduate studies in a degree from schools in the U.S. or Canada. It was established in 1959 by the P.E.O under the belief that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding.All applicants for the award are required to have a contact person who is a US citizen who will act as a non-academic advisor. Chen is under the guidance of Dr. Lyndal Bullock, Regents Professor of the College of Education at UNT. Bullock and two former professors of Chen wrote the recommendation letters required for the scholarship application process.Chen previously received a P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship for the 2002-2003 academic year. She also has received the Academic Achievement Award from UNT for the past two years. She attended high school as well as college in China, but she received her master in education degree from Texas Christian University. Chen plans to graduate from UNT in May of 2004 with a doctoral degree in special education. After finishing school, she will move back to China, where she intends to be a teacher of special education at a college level. Chen would also like to work with children, especially girls, from orphanages and special education facilities. "My parents are still in China, and are very supportive of my pursuit of education and my vision of working with girls and women in China," Chen said.During her time remaining at UNT, she plans to make school a focal point of her life. "For the first two years in the doctoral program, my focus is to finish my course work so that I can do my internship and work on my dissertation in the last year," Chen said.Chen is grateful for the scholarship and counts it as a blessing from God. Her activities while at UNT include being the president of the International Friendship Program, a student organization sponsored by the Denton Bible Church.
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