Trinity University Student Wins Gilman International Scholarship

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Jun. 25, 2013

Trinity University Student Wins Gilman International Scholarship

Rising junior to study abroad in Hong Kong in the fall

By Molly Mohr

Anthia LiuSAN ANTONIO - Trinity University rising junior Anthia (Xiao Yu) Liu will be studying abroad in the fall in Hong Kong as a recipient of the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Originally from Richmond, Texas, Liu is majoring in business administration with a concentration in international business. Passionate about film production, she is in the process of proposing a second interdisciplinary major potentially titled film and television studies.

Liu hopes to combine her interests in film and business to create a memorable experience abroad. Through the Syracuse University Abroad Hong Kong program, she will travel to Beijing, Singapore, and Malaysia, complete 10 weeks of business related academic courses, and fulfill a challenging internship, which she hopes will be with a Chinese film production company.  

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers grants up to $5,000 to undergraduates to pursue academic studies and internships abroad. Since the program's inception in 2001, more than 13,000 students have received a Gilman Scholarship.

All recipients of the Gilman Scholarship are required to complete a Follow-on Service Project that promotes international education in the students' home communities. Liu plans to use her film production skills to create a short video of her time in Hong Kong and present it to the First Generation, Under-represented group at Trinity.

"Through my short film about my experience in Hong Kong, I hope to show other first-generation students that they can study abroad. Many of these students haven't had this kind of opportunity, and I want to encourage them to dream big," Liu said.

During the academic year, Liu is heavily involved in TigerTV, Trinity's campus television station. She is part of TigerTV's executive team and is an associate producer for Newswave, a show that presents to Trinity students news about politics, sports, weather, and entertainment.

This summer, Liu will be assisting Patrick Keating with research about the history of camera movement in Hollywood cinema. Keating is the chair of the film studies minor and a professor in Trinity's communication department.

"Having had Anthia in class before, I was delighted to work with her, as I was sure she would have a great deal to contribute to this project," said Keating.

Liu plans to pursue a Master of Fine Arts after graduating from Trinity. She wants to help create inspirational movies that deliver powerful and encouraging messages.

"I hope that one day my career affords me the opportunity to really do good for humanity," Liu said. "I hope to leave a lasting impression of love for life and compassion in my heart. Everything that I hope to do and accomplish begins right here, at Trinity University, for me."

Molly Mohr is a junior at Rice University working in the Office of University Communications. Originally from San Antonio, she is pursuing a major in sport management and a minor in business.