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UVA International Center
A Division of the International Studies Office

Lorna Sundberg International Scholarship

The Lorna Sundberg International Scholarship was created in 2003 to honor the dedication to community service that marked the life of Lorna Sundberg, the International Center’s leader from 1981-1998. The 2001 summer issue of the International Newsline has many moving remembrances of Lorna Sundberg. Endowed by Dr. Richard Sundberg in 2018, the current award amount varies between $2000-$4500. 

Rising 4th-year undergraduate international students enrolled at UVA are welcome to apply. A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is required. Students with full scholarships are not eligible.

Required application materials include an unofficial transcript, two letters of recommendation, and an online application form with a personal statement. Email with any questions. The application deadline is Friday, March 19, 2021.


2020 Scholarship Recipients – Erwin Wijaya and Lihong (Mary) Peng

ERWIN WIJAYA, from Indonesia, is double majoring in commerce and computer science. Having twice experienced the distress of geographical dislocation, Erwin personally invests himself in creating the kind of community we all want to be a part of. At UVA, he has served as a leader, especially for the Indonesian community in Charlottesville and through his work with InterVarsity. Even more impressive than his formal public acts of service, are the thousand small acts of kindness he has shown to so many. Motivated by an innate sense of empathy and generosity, some of his most meaningful community service is personal: performed quietly without expectation of recognition or reward. Erwin excels academically at UVA as well, achieving a double major. 

LIHONG (MARY) PENG, from China, is majoring in global studies with a concentration in global commerce in culture and society and minoring in anthropology and philosophy. Mary has built a record of public service that is impressive in its breadth, depth, and diversity. At UVA, she has shown leadership by serving on the service exploratory committee in the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and with the Madison House BIG Event 2020. She has shown initiative in creating Project CONNECT, which builds bridges in our community by engaging UVA students to interact with refugees through meaningful projects and excursions. She has shown dedication to global development through her volunteer work in Nairobi, Jamaica, Cambodia, and China. It is clear that Mary prioritizes service in her life, approaching each engagement with both heart and intellect. She has managed a sustained commitment to public service while being a student of the highest caliber.