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Mississippi College Graduate Clint Myers Wins Scholarship to China

July 29, 2010

Clint Myers may get the opportunity to see the Great Wall of China, the Shanghai World Expo 2010 and fantastic scenery on a cruise along the Yangtze River.

But the 22-year-old Mississippi College graduate figures he will spend most of his time hitting the books in China the next few years.

Myers was recently awarded a prestigious Chinese government scholarship that will allow him to obtain a master’s degree in biology at Huazhong Normal University through July 2013. It is MC’s sister university in the Chinese Study Abroad Program.

The Laurel native earned the scholarship after completing two years of Chinese language study at Mississippi College. The Jones County Junior College graduate excelled in the classroom. He finished with a bachelor’s degree in biology at MC in May 2010 with a robust 3.6 grade point average.

Over the summer, Myers is brushing up on the Chinese culture, language and history. He’s among 1,200 students from 170 countries awarded the Chinese government scholarship. He’s set to begin his studies overseas on September 1. The hefty scholarship pays for tuition, books, room and board and a monthly allowance. Going to China, he said, “will be a good experience.”

Myers “did a wonderful job in his Chinese classes and showed a great interest in researching Chinese traditional medicine,” said An Ran, MC’s Mandarin Chinese professor.

But Myers in turn credits his “great” MC professor for paving the way and helping him complete his application. An Ran is a graduate of the same university in Central China where his former student will take biology classes.

The Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China created the program to provide full scholarships to international students. The scholarships are typically awarded to students from cooperative universities in each nation. That list in the United States includes such elite schools as Harvard, Yale, the University of California, Georgetown, and Washington University in Saint Louis.

“It is rare that a school the relatively small size of Mississippi College receives this kind of recognition in China, so we are very pleased,” said Jim Brackenridge, MC’s executive director of international programs. “We are so proud of Clint Myers for earning this opportunity to go study in China.” And An Ran, he added, deserves thanks for his hard work to help make it happen.

A 2006 graduate of Northeast Jones High School in Laurel, Myers says he’s considering a career in the medical field in the U.S. after finishing his studies in China.

His interest in learning the Chinese language at Mississippi College happened almost by accident. “I wanted to take a foreign language, but Spanish was closed,” Myers said. So he signed up for Chinese language classes. “I really enjoyed it.”

As a Mississippi College undergraduate, Myers got to know some of the Chinese students on the Clinton campus. Among more than 300 international students at MC, more than 200 are natives of China.

Photo: Clint Myers