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Grant Helps R-MWC Extend Commitment to Asian Studies


    LYNCHBURG, Va. — The trustees of the Freeman Foundation have awarded Randolph-Macon Woman's College a grant of $328,362, payable over four years, as part of the foundation’s Undergraduate Asian Studies Funding Initiative. The grant will fund a faculty position in Asian studies, as well as provide funds for library acquisitions and faculty research.

While the Freeman Foundation grant represents a significant step toward the establishment of an Asian Studies major at R-MWC, the College’s interest in Asia stretches back to the turn of the century with the admittance of Sieu-tsung Lok, a student from China, in 1907. The College’s Asian Studies program, now in its 41st year, is bolstered by exchange agreements with colleges and universities in Japan and China, as well as Japanese and Chinese language studies on its Lynchburg campus. 

Pearl S. Buck, the humanitarian and writer, attended the College from 1910 to 1914 and spent the majority of her life bringing Asia and Asian culture to the world. Her contribution to Asian studies is honored by the annual Pearl S. Buck Award, given to a woman whose life and achievements reflect the author’s commitment to human dignity and understanding, as well as the Pearl Sydenstricker Buck ’14 International Scholarship which brings students from China to R-MWC. The College is currently the academic home to three students from mainland China. 

Founded in 1891, Randolph-Macon Woman's College is one of the premier women's colleges in the country, ranking among the top ten percent of all colleges and universities nationwide in the percentage of its graduates who go on to earn Ph.D's. The College is also a member of the International 50 -- the top 50 schools in the U.S. whose graduates are most likely to pursue internationally oriented careers.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations