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Jordanian student is heading to China to study international business

Fouad Jeryes, an American-born Jordanian student at UMass Dartmouth, is about to go to China to study international business economics as part of the International Scholar Laureate Program. Jeryes, a Management Information Sciences major, has been raising funds for the trip himself, through an internship and two scholarships.

Jeryes is the university's first recipient of the Cecil Milton Lopes III Scholarship. Cecil's grandmother, Phyllis Lopes, selected Jeryes to receive the scholarship after reading his essay about a violent attack he suffered in high school. Jeryes also received a Donald E. and Ann L. Walker Scholarship this year, which earned him recognition at the 22nd Annual Honors Convocation on May 2, and will receive a Alumni Association Scholarship on May 11.

Jeryes' grew up in Tewksbury, Massachusetts until he was eight, when his father, who was born in Nazareth, Palestine, and his mother, a Jordanian, returned the family to Amman, Jordan, where Fouad lived until graduating high school. At UMass Dartmouth, he has maintained a 3.87 grade point average, and plans to one day run a high-tech business with his younger brother, Faris, who is a freshman at UMass Dartmouth.

5/1/07