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Congrats to the 2018 Freeman-ASIA Awardees

June 27, 2018

Alden Hoke

Alden Hoke

Alden Hoke, an ambitious freshman majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Computer Science has been awarded the prestigious Freeman-ASIA Award for his upcoming study abroad program in the fall. Alden will be attending the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore as an exchange student.

As an aspiring engineer, Alden is eager to learn from and be immersed in the technology and innovation driven culture of Singapore. He is equally looking forward to the cultural aspect of this unique country and the entirety of South East Asia, which he also plans to explore, notably the incredible food, the nature and animal life and the rich history.

For his study abroad, Alden was in search of a truly holistic experience, where he could receive a stellar education while immersing himself in a new culture. NTU and Singapore offered the perfect blend of all these criteria through its renown academics and fusion of cultures existing in harmony.

Alden is currently preparing for his trip and is ready to make it a memorable adventure!


Gianna Manela

Gianna Manela

Freshman Gianna Manela is the recipient of the Freeman-ASIA Award, a prestigious scholarship for study abroad in an Asian country. Gianna is getting ready for her international adventure at the Seoul National University (SNU) in South Korea this coming fall.

As a double major in Global Studies and International Business, it is clear that she has a deep appreciation and fascination with foreign cultures. Growing up in Bucks County, she longed to travel the world and fully immerse herself in diverse and drastically different countries. She now embarks in her next journey abroad and intends to make it a memorable one.

She is eager to delve into Korean culture and has prepared herself by taking Korean classes at Drexel for the past semester. She is especially looking forward to exploring the rich history, perfecting her language skills and experiencing the delicious food.

We wish her the best of luck on her exciting adventure!


The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides grants of up to $7000 to support American undergraduates who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program's goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Since 2001, Freeman-ASIA has made study abroad in East and Southeast Asia possible for over 4,600 U.S. undergraduates from more than 600 institutions. Learn more about Freeman-ASIA and how to apply at Drexel.