New Scholarships in Chinese Studies
Former Faculty Member Provides Two New Endowments
Posted: February 1, 2005
The Louise J. Faurot Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Chinese Studies This will be used to support undergraduate students in their research and scholarly efforts with a focus on Chinese Studies. Recipients may major in History, Philosophy, Religion, Comparative Literature, Plan II, etc., as long as their focus is Chinese Studies. The Louise J. Faurot Memorial Endowed Fellowship in Chinese Studies This will be used to support graduate students in their research and scholarly efforts with a focus on Chinese Studies. These recipients may major in History, Philosophy, Plan II, Religion, Comparative Literature, etc., as long as their focus is Chinese Studies.
Since 1972, Professor Emeritus Jeannette Faurot has been an important part of the Asian Studies community at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Faurot taught Chinese language, literature, and culture at the University for over two and half decades. During those years she was not only a much beloved teacher and colleague, but also a dedicated, indeed exemplary, member of the community. With her genuine love and profound understanding of China, Professor Faurot built a solid foundation for the China program almost single-handedly, and she was also undoubtedly the main driving force behind a key phase of remarkable development of the East Asia program as a whole, which grew from a small unit of only two and half faculty lines in the early 1980s to its present size of over twenty faculty and lecturers in the early 2000s, further strengthened by three endowments totaling over two million dollars. Many of our present East Asia faculty members joined the department during this period and received warm assistance and invaluable mentorship from Professor Faurot.
The China program, in particular, has benefited tremendously from the generous Endowment Professor Faurot's late mother donated to our university in the 1990s, which provides it with the much-needed support in all areas of faculty research, student fellowships, and program enhancement. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the East Asia program at UT could not have flourished as it has without Professor Faurot's significant, selfless and unfailing contribution.