Ly, who majors in biology with minors in Japanese and chemistry, will study at KGU for the fall academic semester, from September through mid-December. He is the third Linfield student to receive the prestigious and highly competitive scholarship.
The program is sponsored by the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation and is administered by the Association of Teachers of Japanese. One hundred scholarships are offered each year to assist students with travel and living expenses while studying abroad in Japan.
Lys recognition came as no surprise to Chris Keaveney, associate professor of Japanese at Linfield, who said Lys motivation makes him a top student.
"David has excellent Japanese language skills and is one of the very best Japanese language students I have taught in my seven years at Linfield," said Keaveney, adding that Ly also speaks Mandarin Chinese and his native language, Cantonese. "It should come as no surprise, I suppose, that he possesses excellent Japanese language skills."
Though Ly has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia, this will be his first trip to Japan. He hopes to experience Japanese life and improve his Japanese language skills.
"I really want to adapt to life in a place thats much different from the U.S. and blend in with the people," he said. "I want to travel all over the country to do some sight seeing and meet lots of new people. Im also looking forward to seeing my Japanese friends who studied at Linfield."
Ly plans to attend medical school after graduating from Linfield.
"I hope that either during medical school or after that my career as a physician will take me back to Japan again," he said. "This will be my first time going to Japan, but it will definitely not be my last."