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Jan. 29, 2007

Birmingham-Southern College student awarded scholarship for foreign study

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Kirk Hooten of Vestavia, a sophomore at Birmingham-Southern College, has been awarded a scholarship by the Freeman-ASIA (Awards for Study in Asia) Foundation to study international business at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He is studying there this spring as the first BSC student to join the newly-created exchange program between the two institutions.

Birmingham-Southern President Dr. David Pollick signed a university exchange agreement with Payap University last year. The university offers programs in international business suitable for majors in Asian studies, English, history, international studies and political science. All classes are taught in English. BSC will welcome its first Payap exchange student on campus next fall.

The Freeman-ASIA Foundation, established in 1994, is dedicated to augmenting international understanding between the United States and the nations of East Asia. It accomplishes this principally through the distribution of grants in the educational sector. The foundation grants about $50 million every year to various organizations and institutions.

Hooten is a graduate of Vestavia High School and the son of Dr. Ron and Patricia Hooten.

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