Barrington Hwang Receives Grant from Fulbright Taiwan Exchange Program

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Texas Christian University student to continue studies abroad after receiving Senior Legacy Award.

Barrington James Hwang

Barrington Hwang receives grant from Fulbright Taiwan Exchange Program

Globalization has made us all connected, so having the ability to understand and related to other cultures is essential for any profession.

Barrington James Hwang, a senior at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, has been selected for a grant from the Fulbright Taiwan Foundation for Scholarly Exchange. The basic purpose is to increase mutual understanding of the participating countries through the exchange of students, teachers, lecturers, and research scholars.

“It’s an honor to have been chosen for this exclusive opportunity to continues my studies and enhance my understanding of our world,” Hwang explained. “Globalization has made us all connected, so having the ability to understand and related to other cultures is essential for any profession.”

This distinguished award means Hwang will join the ranks of other participants in the program where previous recipients have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors and teachers, among other professions. Since the program’s inception in 1946, more than 325,000 scholars have participated in the Fulbright program.

The grant comes just on the heels after the university awarded Hwang with the 2014 Senior Legacy Award. Recipients of this exclusive award must have demonstrated leadership through active involvement in academic or co-curricular departments, student organizations and programs, and/or community agencies.

According to Hwang, the recent news of the Senior Legacy Award was unexpected but a privilege to receive. He said that his active involvement in school organizations come from his innate interest in helping and serving others.

Hwang will be graduating from TCU later this month. He is a four-year Chancellor Scholar recipient and will be receiving a Bachelor's of Arts degree in biology, Bachelor's of Arts in chemistry, and a Bachelor's of Science in economics. This year, Hwang will be the only student graduating with three degrees.

Traveling to Taiwan, Hwang will reside there for 11 months to teach English to students in Yilan County.

Born in the United States, Hwang explained that his interest in traveling to Taiwan is attributed to the origins of both his parents, who immigrated to America in their youth.

“I’m looking forward to the experience as it will not only compliment my knowledge as a future physician, but will also allow me the opportunity to experience what it’s like to actually live in the country of my family’s origins,” Hwang said.

According to the Fulbright Taiwan Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, Hwang will depart in late July for the 11-month exchange program. The foundation is underwriting 100 percent of Hwang’s participation.

About Barrington Hwang

Born in 1992, Barrington James Hwang is a senior at Texas Christian University and is expected to graduate in May 2014 with Bachelor’s Degrees in biology, chemistry, and economics. The Los Angeles native is an aspiring physician, following in the footsteps of his parents, William Hwang, M.D. and Chiufang Hwang, M.D., whom practice in the Dallas area.

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