From The Asian Reporter (here), 7/22/08:
The University of Oregon (UO) recently received its largest-ever gifts for international scholarships. The funds will provide opportunities for UO students to study abroad as well as money for international students visiting Oregon. The donations will also be used to encourage UO students to become interns in developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America as well as the first study abroad scholarship for UO students majoring in international studies.
“The ability to travel and study abroad is a critical part of becoming a successful citizen in today’s world,” said UO President Dave Frohnmayer. “I am delighted that more students will now have these opportunities because of these very generous donors.”
UO sponsors more than 150 study abroad programs in more than 80 countries. According to the “Open Doors 2007 Report on International Educational Exchange” (published by the Institute of International Education), UO ranks among the top 20 public research institutions for the percentage of undergraduates who participate in study abroad programs.
UO welcomed more international students (1,187) to campus last fall than any year since 2001, when visa regulations were tightened. About six percent of the university’s student body is international, coming from nearly 90 countries. Among the donors are Timothy and Virginia Cha Foo of San Francisco, California, who donated $1.6 million to endow the Dr. Cha Chi Ming International Scholarship for students coming from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau as well asUOstudents pursuing their studies in those locations.
Timothy Foo received his master’s degree in music in 1968 and a doctorate in musical arts in 1973, and Virginia Foo earned her bachelor’s degree in interior architecture in 1971. Both are originally from Hong Kong and met when they were UO international students in the late 1960s.
“We especially would like to see more students coming to the UO from greater China,” said Timothy Foo. “We received cholarships from the university, and we want to help make sure money will be
available for other international students.”
Other gifts include $1 million from Richard and Gerrie Leeds of Irvine, California for the Richard and Gerrie Leeds International Travel Fund, which will provide travel stipends for study abroad and international internship students, and $500,000 from Judy Fosdick Oliphant of Lafayette, California to fund scholarships for UO students majoring in international studies to assist with study abroad expenses.
The gifts bring the total raised for scholarships during “Campaign Oregon:Transforming Lives” to more than $93 million. To learn more about the UO International Studies and Study Abroad
Programs, visit firstname.lastname@example.org/~isp> or studyabroad.@uoregon.edu.
The University of Oregon press release is here.