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Princeton in Asia Fellowship: Chris Colonna - He graduated from WKU as the Ogden Foundation Scholar, the highest academic honor at WKU. Now the Elizabethtown native and John Hardin High School graduate is preparing to spend a year teaching English at Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai, Thailand, after receiving a fellowship from Princeton-in-Asia.

Princeton-in-Asia (PiA), founded in 1898, provides service-oriented experiences for highly qualified students while serving the needs of various regions throughout the continent. In 2010, the program sent 165 fellows to serve in 18 Asian countries. A majority of these fellows teach English at high schools and universities.

After completing his year abroad, Colonna plans to attend the University of Kentucky College of Medicine with interests in primary care and international medicine.

“When they first called, I was a bit overwhelmed,” he said. “After a while, the fact that I’m going to be spending a year teaching in Thailand truly sunk in and now I’m just really excited.”


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