Posted: Monday Jun 11, 2012
June 11, 2012
Reed T. Livengood of Greensburg, a sophomore international business major at Saint Vincent College, is the recipient of a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and will spend the coming year studying and traveling in Japan.
For Mr. Livengood, “it always seemed pretty inevitable” because of his intense interest in Japan which somehow was ignited while randomly watching a cartoon that had a theme song that was all in Japanese. “It was really cool,” he recalls, “and I followed up on that and got into some Japanese music.”
A 2011 honors graduate of Hempfield Area High School, he studied the Japanese language there and was an active member of the Japanese National Honor Society and the Japanese Club. He is the recipient of a scholarship from the Greensburg Kiwanis Club and was awarded both leadership grants and academic scholarships by Saint Vincent College.
At Saint Vincent, he has continued to study the Japanese language which he now describes as “proficient” as well as coursework in international politics, principles of American politics, intermediate Japanese language and culture, financial accounting, introduction to business management, principles of marketing, calculus, introduction to physics and college writing. He was named to the Dean’s List and has participated in the International Student Union and the East Asia Club.
He will depart on August 20 for Japan and reside at Temple University’s branch campus in Tokyo. He will be studying international business, Japanese history and literature. He also plans to travel to the cities of Nagano and Utsunomiya to visit friends and to see Mt. Fuji and the Golden Temple.
His goal is to become more proficient in the Japanese language. “I have been studying the language for a long time but there is a lack of native speakers here to converse with,” he explained. “I just want to be more fluent. If anywhere, I will learn there!”
After completing his bachelor of science degree at Saint Vincent in May 2015, he plans to pursue the JET (Japanese English Teaching) program which will give him an opportunity to teach English to high school students in Japan for three years. “It pays well and the teachers take vigorous Japanese classes,” he noted. Later, he would like to enter foreign service with the State Department. “I am very interested in the diplomatic world and international relations,” he added. “I might go to graduate school for international affairs.”
Mr. Livengood becomes the second Saint Vincent College student to win the prestigious Gilman Scholarship valued at $5,000, enough to cover most of his travel expenses. He was encouraged to apply by his advisor, Elizabeth Bennellick, director of study abroad at Saint Vincent. Simon Clayton won a scholarship in 2011 and spent a semester studying and traveling in China.
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. The scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State which fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations.
During the summer of 2011, Mr. Livengood worked at the Chick-fil-A at Eastgate Plaza in Greensburg. This summer he is employed as an admission ambassador at Saint Vincent. He is the son of Keith and Elaina Livengood of Greensburg.
Photo: Reed Livengood
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