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Scholarships to Study in Republic of Korea, Awarded to 4 SMC Students.

Marc Cuison, Alexis Erskine, Evelyn Ramos, and Tonisha Parham

Santa Monica College (SMC) announced that four SMC students have been awarded the California Colleges for International Education (CCIE) Scholarship for South Korea. Marc Cuison, Alexis Erskine, Evelyn Ramos, and Tonisha Parham received the scholarships-awarded by Soonchunhyang University in South Korea-for the fall 2016 semester. A total of ten study abroad scholarships were awarded by the University through CCIE.

"This is an exceptional opportunity for our students," said Kelley Brayton, SMC Dean of International Education on the scholarships which will cover tuition, partial funding for airfare, accommodations, and a weekly living allowance. Over the entire semester, the SMC students will have the opportunity to take courses on topics such as Korean politics, U.S./Korean relations, and Business and Economics, said Brayton. They will also serve as "culture and language ambassadors" and work with Soonchunhyang University students.

Founded in 1978, the fully-accredited Soonchunhyang University offers undergraduate programs in five colleges including the humanities, engineering and medicine; and graduate programs as well. The university is located on the central west coast of South Korea, and is located near famed cultural attractions.

SMC is a member of CCIE, a consortium which supports the growth of programs tied to international education through study abroad, contract education, and other programs. 84 California community colleges are members of CCIE, and students at member institutions are eligible to apply for CCIE scholarships.

SMC has the largest international student population of any California community college: more than 3,000 students from over 110 countries. The College's "Global Citizenship" initiative incorporates curriculum, extra-curricular activities and study-abroad experiences so that students are empowered to foster a livable, sustainable world. Visit for information on SMC's international students, study abroad opportunities available at SMC, and more.


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