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Junior receives scholarship from Foundation for Asia Education to study abroad

RELEASED: Feb. 17, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior has received a $1,000 scholarship from the Foundation for Asia Education to study abroad this spring in Australia.

Crystal Venzke
Crystal Venzke

Crystal Venzke, a management major from Athens, is believed to be the first UW-Eau Claire student to receive a scholarship from the foundation, said Cheryl Lochner-Wright, a study abroad coordinator in UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education.

The Denver, Colo.-based foundation supports students' efforts to obtain cultural and academic experiences within the Asia Pacific region. Students who are from underrepresented populations in international education are a priority for the foundation.

Venzke is spending the 2010 spring semester at Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia.

"It's a beautiful place, completely different from the cold of Wisconsin, and I really want a real view of Australia and not just a tourist's perspective," Venzke said of her interest in studying in Australia. "I want to gain a sense of the world and not just the Hollywood version. I want to learn and grow as an individual and challenge myself to 'step outside of the box.'"

Venzke arrived in Australia earlier this month after spending time in Fiji.

"This place is amazing," Venzke said of Australia. "It has already opened my eyes and given me a new appreciation for the things we have ... even the snow. It is a wonderful experience, and I can't wait to learn and grow into this campus life and country some more."

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