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September 15, 2017- Three Northern Kentucky University students have been awarded the prestigious Bridging Scholarships to study abroad in Japan.

Marissa Ellis, Augustino Giambrone and Matthew Priede are among just 88 undergraduate students across the United States to receive the Bridging scholarships. All three students are Japanese minors at NKU and will get $2,500 to assist with their expenses while they study in Japan. The students will study abroad in the Fall of 2017.

Since 1999, 1,756 scholarships have been awarded by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation. The scholarship program is administered by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese, which promotes education in Japanese language, literature and culture.

“The Bridging Scholarships is very competitive, and we are now three out of three for this scholarship. That speaks volume about the strength of our Japanese language program,” said Francois Le Roy, the executive director of the Center for Global Engagement and International Affairs.

Another scholarship was awarded to Japanese minor Lauren Webster. The Student Exchange Support Program Scholarship from JASSO (the Japan Student Services Organization) will support her studies at Nanzan University in Japan this fall semester.

For more on the Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan, their site is The scholarship from JASSO’s information can be found here: