Earthquake Hero Studying Biology At Florida Tech
By Space Coast Daily // September 21, 2012
Rescuer Receives College Scholarship
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – A genuine hero is attending classes at the Florida Institute of Technology this fall.
Ma Jian has enrolled at Florida Tech as a biology major.
Chinese officials were moved and inspired by the selflessness shown by Jian in Yingxiu Village in China following the Sichuan Province earthquake of May 2008.
He spent five hours in pouring rain to dig out his classmate, Xiang Xiaolian with bare hands.
Jian then helped two others who were trapped, offering drinking water in the dim glow of a small lighter.
Last year, the Chinese government showed their gratitude to Jian by awarding him a college scholarship.
“We were just so impressed with this determined young man who risked his personal safety to rescue others. It would make us very proud to have him at our university,” said Florida Tech President and Chief Executive Officer Anthony J. Catanese.
The Sichuan Province earthquake killed an estimated 68,000 people.