Pre finance sophomore Jia Hu came to WVU for the Intensive English Program in 2008 and was accepted into WVU the next year. Now, as a 2010-11 International Undergraduate Student Tuition Merit Award Scholarship recipient, Hu is looking forward to acceptance in the College of Business and Economics.
He is from China, near Nanjing, and has already taken courses in economics and accounting during his first year at WVU. Being in Morgantown is a lot different from China, he said. For one thing, his city is much larger than Morgantown. He came to WVU because "it has a very good study atmosphere and one can get a good education here." But getting used to the exam schedule here is a bit difficult.
In China, he said, there is usually only one final exam – sometimes a mid-term exam. Here, though, exams are popping up all the time. "It's good though," he said. "You have to study all the time and keep up with lots of homework."
He hopes to find an internship during his time at WVU and to work in the finance industry after graduation.
Hu helped with the September WVU International Student Organization's Mini World Cup, which is in its third year and brings together WVU students from around the world to compete.
A faculty and staff selection committee chose the Merit Scholars based on scholastic achievements, extra-curricular activities, on-campus employment and other achievements as international students at WVU. The scholarships will cover the students' tuition costs for one academic year.
Finance major Yaxin Liu also received a Merit Scholarship but was unavailable for comment.