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Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships helps students win nationally competitive awards for study abroad

  • Audrey Tensen
  • Erika Schmitt
  • Hsuan Sun
  • Kara Apodaca
  • Lauren Hribek
  • Sophia House
  • Michelle Ross
  • Zoe Kilbourne

Posted on December 10, 2012

Many Grand Valley State University students have been awarded nationally competitive scholarships that will help them study and work abroad. 

In total, eight students were given awards. Each of them worked with the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships to apply for the awards.

Six of the students won Gilman Scholarships for Winter 2013, totaling $26,000 in awards. The students, along with their country of study, include Kara Apodaca, India; Sophia House, Norway; Lauren Hribek, India; Erika Schmitt, Spain; Hsuan Sun, Austria; and Audrey Tensen, Greece. 

Amanda Cuevas, director of the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships, said that Grand Valley students who applied for the Gilman awards had a 50 percent success rate, a major accomplishment considering the national average is about 33 percent.

Another student, Michelle Ross, of Mancelona, earned a Freeman-ASIA Scholarship to study in Japan for the Winter 2013 semester. Ross is an English Language and Literature major, with a minor in East Asian studies. Ross will participate in the last cohort of the program, which is being closed after this term. The scholarship provides funding to assist the recipient with the cost of a study abroad program with the intent of giving students a better understanding of American people and institutions by the people of East Asia.

Grand Valley alumna Zoe Kilbourne, from East Grand Rapids, is currently working in Denmark, thanks in part to earning the Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Scholarship. Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate studies and career development for active Phi Kappa Phi members. Only 147 awards are given each year nationally. 

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