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The Asian Studies Program at John Carroll University has established the Fr. Richard J. Schuchert, S.J., Memorial Prize in Asian Studies. The prize is awarded annually to the John Carroll student who has completed at least two years of an Asian language with a 3.0 GPA and best demonstrates a commitment to the understanding of Asia through participation in Asia-related activities. Secondary consideration will be given to the student’s overall GPA and progress toward a degree in Asian Studies. The winner is announced at the annual Mitsui Distinguished Lecture Dinner.

The Fr. Schuchert Prize was established in memory of the late Fr. Richard J. Schuchert, S.J., a Toledo native who taught linguistics in the Department of English at JCU from 1962 to 1979. Prior to coming to John Carroll, he spent twelve years in Japan as a teacher and missionary. His developing interest in Japan led him to study the language intensively and to translate The Life of Jesus by Catholic writer Endo Shusaku. After coming to John Carroll, he maintained his interest in Japanese language and literature, continuing his translation work and sharing his enthusiasm by teaching evening Japanese classes even after his retirement. He worked actively to help establish John Carroll University’s Asian Studies Program.


Congratulations to the 2021 Schuchert Prize winners!

2021 Schuchert Prize winners

The Asian Studies Advisory Committee received many competitive applications for the 2021 Schuchert Prize. In the end, we selected Collin Derrig '21, a senior double major in Political Science and East Asian Studies, for outstanding work in Chinese language, and two students for superior dedication to the study of Japanese language: Graham Hallman-Taylor '21, a Computer Science major and East Asian Languages minor, and Bradley Winiarczyk '22, a double major in Computer Science and East Asian Studies.

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