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May 02, 2000
Friends World Student Granted Award to Study in China

Darren Johnson
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Friends World College student Lucas Ledbetter was recently honored with a unique scholarship that will send him into communist China and help him learn skills important to our national security.

Ledbetter, a freshman from Galesburg, Mich., was awarded a National Security Education Program (NSEP) undergraduate scholarship to spend a year honing his Mandarin language skills and learning about Chinese government and culture while actually living in the country. Ledbetter's tuition and room and board will be paid for by the U.S. government-sponsored scholarship, which is rarely given to freshmen.

With interests in Asian study and language, Ledbetter was a natural for the Friends World program, which stresses real-world experience and learning about other cultures through immersion. Already, Ledbetter has spent a semester at the International Center for Photography in Manhattan studying the craft of documentary photography. While there, he worked closely with New York's Asian people, learning their language and about their minority experience in the U.S.

Ledbetter will receive his award at a ceremony in Washington, DC, the weekend of May 18-19. The NSEP seeks to develop a cadre of professionals with more than the traditional knowledge of language and culture who can use this ability to help the U.S. make sound decisions on and deal effectively with global issues related to U.S. national security and competitiveness. In return for the award, Ledbetter will have to work with a government agency related to security upon graduation.

Since 1965, Friends World students have carried out studies in over 75 countries, making a reality of the phrase "the world is your campus." The College's program requires classroom study, immersion language training and independent fieldwork in at least two foreign centers/cultures. Under faculty guidance, students develop skills and competencies in a major academic field by combining research, hands-on experience and analytical writing. Founded by the Quakers in 1965, Friends World became nonsectarian in the mid-1970s. In the 1991-92 academic year, Friends World affiliated with Long Island University and received full accreditation by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The program is currently based at LIU's Southampton College on Eastern Long Island. Friends World has centers in the U.S., China, Costa Rica, England, India, Israel and Japan.