Center for Asian Business Awards Scholarships for Summer Study in Korea

Center for Asian Business Awards Scholarships for Summer Study in Korea

The Center for Asian Business at Loyola Marymount University is pleased to award four summer scholarships, named the John P. Daly, S.J. Scholarships for Cultural Immersion Experience in Korea, to Mackenzie Kim, Godwin Leung, Cassandra Rodriguez and Blair Wigney. These students were selected from a pool of applicants to travel to South Korea from June 21 – July 5, 2015.

Mackenzie Kim

Godwin Leung

Cassandra Rodriguez

Blair Wigney


ABOUT THE RECIPIENTS

Mackenzie Kim

Mackenzie Kim is entering his senior year as an entrepreneurship major. During his time at LMU, he’s held numerous leadership positions including manager of the men’s soccer team, chairman of the Student Board of Directors of Sodexo and vice president of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Mackenzie founded a mobile messaging app as a student in the Business Incubator and has worked as a marketing and business development intern at Keeply, Inc. Born and raised in Canada, Mackenzie credits the 2002 World Cup match between South Korea and Italy as the catalyst for wanting to visit South Korea. He is half-South Korean and half-Scottish and has had the privilege to experience life from a multicultural standpoint. His passion for international travel and interacting with people from different backgrounds has taken him to all corners of the globe, including Tanzania, Belize, Europe and Nicaragua. This is the first time Mackenzie will travel to Asia and he’s excited to learn more about his ancestry and the unique culture of South Korea as part of LMU’s immersion experience.

Godwin Leung

Godwin Leung graduated from LMU in May 2015 with a degree in accounting. During his time at LMU, he studied abroad in China and served as an accounting intern at Groupon in Hong Kong. Godwin also gained professional experience as an intern with Superior Communications, 1st Enterprise Bank and Americhip Inc. He is a member of the Accounting Society and Zeta Phi Ro fraternity. Godwin is looking forward to expanding his international experience to other parts of Asia as this will be a great asset to his auditing career. Godwin has always dreamed of visiting Korea and has a passion for Korean culture, food and music. He’s also in the process of learning the Korean language! Through this program, Godwin hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the Korean culture as a way to help advance his future professional ambitions.

Cassandra Rodriguez

Cassandra Rodriguez is entering her senior year as a double major in business administration and Spanish. She's gained professional experience as the clergy secretary for St. Edward Catholic Church and as a barista at Starbucks. Fluent in Spanish, Cassandra grew up in a Mexican family and is looking forward to getting out of her comfort zone and learning more about a culture that’s different from her own. Cassandra will be the first in her family to graduate from college and has learned the value of hard work. She believes that visiting South Korea will help her prepare for a future career in business and become a better leader who understands and appreciates different cultures.

Blair Wigney

Blair Wigney is entering her senior year as a double major in finance and economics. She spent the fall of 2014 in Florence, Italy studying the global business economy and Italian. Blair has professional experience as an e-commerce intern with Manduka Inc. and an investigative intern with the Office of the Federal Defender in Sacramento. She’s also served as an office assistant with Teach for America and a research assistant to a management professor at LMU. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and the Finance Society. Blair’s interest in Korea began in high school as a member of the Korean Club. Since then, she has always been curious about the Korean culture, especially its focus on technology and sustainability efforts. Blair hopes this enriching opportunity will help her promote greater cross-cultural understanding between the U.S. and South Korea.

ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIPS

The scholarships are named in honor of the late Fr. John P. Daly, S.J., former director of the Center for Asian Business at LMU. He worked in Korea as a young Jesuit from 1961 to 1981 to help develop Sogang University in Seoul, Korea where he served as president for 12 years. Fr. Daly’s lifelong goal has always been to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of culture and history between Asians and Americans.  Korea, especially, is still largely unknown by Americans. Sogang faculty, alumni and other friends have contributed to the endowment as a way to foster the study of Korean culture and history to promote understanding by mainstream Americans.

The scholarships, which began in 2006, have helped send 30 LMU students to Korea to date. The scholarships provide an opportunity for students to learn Korean history and to experience the culture and respond positively with respect and sincerity. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of their essays, their GPAs, and their interviews by the Selection Committee. Scholarship winners will spend two weeks in Korea, and upon return will submit a report on the cultural differences they experienced. The students will receive partial roundtrip airfare. Accommodations and meals will be provided by host families, and travel arrangements in-country will be paid. A coordinator from Sogang University will supervise the program in Korea.

SOGANG UNIVERSITY

Jesuits from the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus at the request of the Korean Bishops opened the first Catholic University in Korea in 1960. It currently enrolls 13,500 students and another 3,000 in graduate programs in six colleges –Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Economics and Business Administration.

THE CENTER FOR ASIAN BUSINESS

The Center for Asian Business in the College of Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University was established in 1995 to promote understanding between Asians and Americans at first through executive education programs for Asian executives, and recently, through faculty research grants, special lecture series, movie screenings, international business course offerings and student field trip scholarships.