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Freeman Asian Scholars Program

General Information
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The Freeman Foundation
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Selection Criteria
Required Testing
Application Information
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Freeman Asian Scholars Association
Freeman Scholarship Addendum Information

The Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship Program provides expenses for a four-year course of study toward a bachelor’s degree for up to eleven exceptionally able Asian students annually from these countries and regions: the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

  • Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by January 1, 2015.
  • Students are advised to register now for SAT (or ACT) and TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Notification by April 1, 2015.
  • Japan notification by March 1, 2015.

Wesleyan notifies all applicants electronically for all admission programs.  Instructions on how to view your online decision letter will be sent via e-mail prior to the notification date.  Related materials will be mailed to students who are admitted, deferred or waitlisted.   For those students whose application is denied, decisions will be available online only.

Wesleyan is now accepting applications for participation in the Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship Program. The chosen applicants will join 2,900 other Wesleyan undergraduates from throughout the United States and nearly 50 countries for study with an outstanding teaching and research faculty in the sciences and mathematics, the arts, the humanities, and the social and behavioral sciences.

This program is made possible by Wesleyan University and the Freeman Foundation, which aims to improve understanding and strengthen ties between the United States and the countries and regions of the Pacific Rim.

Wesleyan University is located in Middletown, Connecticut, halfway between New York and Boston in the historic and colorful New England region of the northeastern United States. It is a private, nonsectarian, liberal arts and sciences institution founded in 1831. A number of early Wesleyan graduates were influential educators and ministers in Asian countries, and the present-day Wesleyan has formal ties to several prominent universities in Asia. The campus is home to a diverse population of 2,900 undergraduate students, equally divided between men and women, approximately 30 percent of whom are of African, Asian, or Hispanic descent, and nearly 260 students from foreign countries.

Approximately 200 graduate students, a number of whom are from Asian countries, are pursuing advanced degrees, principally in the sciences, mathematics, and music.

Wesleyan provides instruction in 47 major fields of study. Unlike some university systems abroad, in which students focus on one academic field, most American universities are based on a curricular tradition of liberal arts and sciences, in which breadth and depth of study are deemed equally important. At Wesleyan, the major programs of study involve one-third to one-half of a student’s course work, with the remaining time devoted to exploration of a variety of fields through which a student may broaden his or her background and understanding. More than 900 courses are offered, in which interdisciplinary pursuits are encouraged and an international perspective is fundamental.

Wesleyan graduates go on in high numbers to the best graduate and professional schools in the United States and to successful careers in engineering, business, law, medicine, education, politics, international relations, social service, and the arts. The primary purpose of study at Wesleyan, however, is not to provide vocational training in a specific area. The objectives of a Wesleyan education include the development of self-educating men and women who have mastered a major field, have learned to think critically, are cognizant of the variety of human experience, and have acquired the habits of imaginative and disciplined minds.

The liberal arts at Wesleyan are founded on an atmosphere of freedom, small college traditions, faculty resources, and student diversity. The University provides the facilities and opportunities of a research university while retaining the emphasis on teaching and the intimacy of a small college. The undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 9:1, enabling the faculty to provide direct and particular attention to undergraduate education. Wesleyan’s more than 330 teacher-scholars believe that scholarly research and active teaching are mutually reinforcing. The University’s curriculum is unusually flexible, and students work closely with a faculty advisor in planning all programs and majors. 


Many undergraduates cite the University’s relatively small size as a source of satisfaction with campus life. The community is small enough so that the individual may feel at home, yet large enough to provide a rich variety of activities and acquaintances.

Life can be very full for undergraduates. Outside the classroom, they may select from more than 200 different student organizations that range in interest from theatrical productions to environmental activism, from the Wesleyan Argus newspaper and the debate club to Ultimate Frisbee, from the Freeman Asian Scholars Association to West African drumming or a chamber music group. The University’s state-of-the-art athletic center encourages students to participate in athletics, either in one of 27 varsity sports or at the intramural level. Parties and social gatherings are held at student residences, at the campus center, at fraternity houses, and at restaurants in Middletown. Bringing the wider world closer, prominent scholars, artists, musicians, actors, and dancers come to the campus regularly, and the weekly campus calendar features a continuous program of concerts, plays, films, and lectures.


All Wesleyan students are guaranteed housing on campus for the full four years. They may choose among several options for housing and dining, and more than 90 percent of them live on or within one block of the campus. First-year students generally live in one of several residence hall complexes in either a double or single room. After the first year, Wesleyan offers a variety of housing options, including apartment complexes, furnished houses, and small rental houses. Membership in the dining plan is required for all four years, which allows students to eat in the many on-campus facilities as well as to buy food at the campus grocery store and cook their own meals. The Usdan University Center provides a central location for dining and social activities.


The first Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholars enrolled at Wesleyan in September of 1995. The Freeman Foundation, sponsor of the Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship Program, was established in 1994 through the bequest of Mansfield Freeman, a businessman, benefactor, scholar, and longtime resident in Asia who was a member of the Wesleyan University Class of 1916. Mr. Freeman was an insurance executive and one of the original founders of the American International Group, Inc. (AIG). Most affiliates in Asia are part of Chartis Insurance. The New York-based Freeman Foundation, which established the Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship Program in memory of Mansfield Freeman, is administered primarily by the Freeman family; its charitable efforts are directed mainly toward bettering relationships and understanding between the United States and the countries of East Asia. This program’s goal is for Freeman Asian Scholars to become leaders in their home countries.


Each Freeman Scholar will receive a scholarship to cover the cost of tuition and student fees (called “full tuition scholarship”) regardless of his or her family’s financial situation. In the 2014-2015 school year tuition and fees total $48,272. Families wishing to apply for financial aid to assist with the costs associated with room, board, travel, and books and supplies should submit The Profile TM Form of the College Scholarship Service (CSS) by February 15. Wesleyan’s Financial Aid Office will determine the family contribution. The family contribution is comprised of a parent contribution based on the parent(s) income and assets, as well as a student contribution.

A scholarship applicant who is not requesting financial aid to cover the costs beyond tuition will need to provide documentation that his or her family has the financial resources to pay those costs by submitting the Certification of Finances Form. The form must show that the family can fund approximately $17,000 per academic year. (The additional budget for new matriculants in the 2014-2015 academic year is $15,891 not including travel; residential comprehensive fee $13,226 plus books and miscellaneous $2,665). For instructions on how to complete the International Certification of Finances form, please go here.


Applicants for the academic year beginning in late August must have completed their secondary schooling* (high school) by then and must be citizens or permanent residents of one of these eleven countries or regions: People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam. Preference will be given to those currently living in one of these eleven countries or regions and to those who would otherwise be unable to study in the United States. Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or who are permanent U.S. residents are not eligible. Students who must fulfill a military service requirement may apply in their final year of school but waiting until the year in which one can enroll is preferable.

*Students following the British O- and A-level system typically will be enrolled in their second year of the A-level program at the time of application. We cannot consider students from Malaysia on the basis of forecast SPM results; students there should be enrolled in the second year of the STPM at the time of application. Students already enrolled in university are not eligible for Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship. In South Korea, a student may accept a place in a Korean university for February 2014, pending our scholarship decision.

Admission to Wesleyan and the selection process for Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholars is extremely competitive. We plan to award the scholarship to one student from each of the eleven countries or regions. Selection criteria include academic achievement; intellectual curiosity; a high level of discipline and commitment; strong personal qualities; extracurricular involvement, especially community service; and English language ability.

It is our preference to enroll students currently studying and residing in their home countries, but students who are temporarily living elsewhere may apply. Please note that interviews for finalists take place in students’ home countries or regions.

Freeman Asian Scholars are expected to return to their home countries upon completion of their degrees. (We understand that some students may wish to continue their education with graduate studies in the United States, which would be at their own expense.)

Successful applicants will be notified by April 1, except in Japan, where they will be notified by March 1. Alternates also will be chosen in the event that any of those initially selected decide not to accept the offer. Wesleyan will provide the necessary forms for obtaining an F-1 student visa to the United States.


Results of the SAT Reasoning Test of the College Board or the ACT are not required for applicants to Wesleyan if official actual results of national exams or International Baccalaureate exams are available, or predicted results if official results are not available. Applicants in the People’s Republic of China, where the SAT is not available, are exempt from this requirement. Non-native speakers of English also must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) in place of the TOEFL. Students should receive a score that demonstrates sufficient proficiency in the English language to function well in a highly demanding academic environment. A score close to 100 on the internet-based TOEFL or a “7” on the IELTS would be evidence of adequate English language ability. A high score – 650 or better – on the critical reading section of the SAT may also demonstrate the necessary English language proficiency. In such cases, submitting the TOEFL or IELTS results is not necessary. These examinations must be taken by January 1 in order to be submitted as part of your application. All examinations are administered on several dates, with a registration deadline approximately six weeks before the exam. Please be sure to list Wesleyan University (undergraduate) as an official score recipient.

We do not accept any alternative proof of English proficiency, including but not limited to AP English, A-level English, IB English, or primary instruction in English. The TOEFL, IELTS, or 650 on the SAT critical reading section are the only proofs of English proficiency we can accept. Please note that if you submit your SAT as proof of English proficiency, you must submit all sections of the SAT, not just the critical reading section. If you plan to use this option, you must select “SAT” as your test to be considered on the Common Application when applying to Wesleyan. 

We encourage students to contact the local EducationUSA office near them for information about registering and taking standardized entrance examinations such as the SAT and TOEFL, as well as for additional assistance applying. A complete list of their locations can be found at

Websites for registering for standardized examinations:


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ACT: IELTS: (take the academic reading and writing modules)


Interested students must submit The Common Application (, that includes background information, essay, a secondary (high) school/junior college transcript, recommendations from two teachers and one counselor, and results (or predictions if available) of any standardized national examinations administered during the secondary school/junior college years.

After applying, applicants must also complete the Freeman Scholarship Addendum, which includes the Freeman Essay and additional academic/personal information. Wesleyan alumni will conduct interviews of finalists in their home countries in February or March. All application materials are to be postmarked or submitted online no later than January 1. You will be notified by e-mail about how to access our new applicant portal to monitor receipt of your application materials, along with login credentials.

Please note that there is no longer a printed application packet available. Applicants must access the required forms electronically.

It is likely that some highly qualified applicants who would otherwise be admissible to Wesleyan will not be chosen for the highly selective Freeman Asian Scholarship. No financial aid is available to such students, but those who do not require financial assistance to attend are encouraged to apply as “regular” applicants to Wesleyan University. To be considered as a “regular” (non-aided) admission candidate in the event that you are not selected as a Freeman Scholar, please indicate your interest on the Freeman Scholarship Addendum.

There is no application fee for students applying only for the Freeman Asian Scholarship, but candidates also wishing to be considered as a “regular” candidate must submit the $55 application fee. Dual Freeman Asian Scholarship/“Regular” admission candidates must submit a Certification of Finances form documenting that the family has sufficient resources to fund the entire cost of education, approximately $65,000 in the first year and estimating a 5% increase in each subsequent year.


Kora Shin (, Senior Assistant Dean of Admission on the Wesleyan campus, coordinates the recruitment and selection of Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholars, but there are many other sources of helpful information and advice. Wesleyan alumni in the eleven countries and regions, as well as local Chartis Insurance or CVStarr offices and U.S. Education Advising Centers, can provide further information to students interested in applying.