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University Of North Alabama Student Is First From Institution To Win Freeman-asia Scholarship To Study Abroad

Jun. 26, 2018

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

By Bryan Rachal
University Communications

FLORENCE, Ala.-University of North Alabama student James Traywick, a junior from Trussville, will be actively immersing himself in the language and culture of Japan.

Traywick will spend two semesters in Japan thanks to the Freeman-ASIA award, which is needs-based funding designed to assist recipients with the cost of the study abroad program as well as related expenses.

Traywick's $7,000 award was the full amount available to a student; he'll spend his time studying at the Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) in Nisshin, Japan.

The partnership between UNA and NUFS is entirely new. Traywick is not only the first UNA student to study at Nagoya University; he is also the first student from Alabama to accomplish this, as no other institution in Alabama has cultivated a partnership with NUFS.

For Matthew Price, the Director of Premier National and International Awards at UNA, James is a natural fit to receive the award as well as to take full advantage of his time in Japan. Price worked with James on his personal statement for his application, mentoring him throughout the process and finding multiple avenues for which to apply for scholarships and other awards.

"One of the things that makes UNA so unique is that I can spend this kind of one-on-one time with applicants like James, making sure they're applying for the right programs and telling their stories most competitively and compellingly," Price said.

Traywick joins over 4,900 Freeman-ASIA alumni who have benefited from studying abroad in Asia and returned to share their experiences with their peers on their home campus and in their communities since 2001.


The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programsthrough the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business,Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing.Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. UNA Athletics, a renownedcollegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I's ASUN and Big South Conferences.The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.