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Students earn competitive Gilman scholarships to study abroad

  • Mario Amaya-Velazquez
  • Angela Cluley
  • Samantha Holman
  • Katie LaRue
  • Elizabeth Obetts
  • Steve Plominski
  • Angela Smith
  • Cenique Yeldell

Posted on November 04, 2013

Twelve Grand Valley State University students recently received scholarships to study abroad through the Benjamin A. Gilman International program. Students received a combined total of $40,000 in scholarship money. Grand Valley remains a top producer of Gilman Scholars nationally.

To be eligible for a Gilman scholarship, students must meet several requirements, including U.S. citizenship, and plan to study in a country for at least four weeks that is not Cuba or on the State Department’s travel warning list. Complete eligibility requirements and details about the Gilman program are online at 

Below are 2013 summer and fall Gilman recipients, their major and country where they studied, and hometown:

• Mario Amaya-Velazquez, international relations, Jordan, Grand Rapids;

• Angela Cluley, social work, Costa Rica, Alma;

• Emny DeLeon, accounting, Dominican Republic, Grand Rapids;

• Deqa Elmi, public administration, Ghana, Grand Rapids;

• Samantha Holman, mathematics, Tanzania, Spring Lake;

• Kaylin Klein, international relations, Japan, Rockford;

• Katie LaRue, international relations, Costa Rica. Montague;

• Elizabeth Obetts, exercise science, Dominican Republic, Belmont;

• Steven Plominski, anthropology, Jordan, McMillan;

• Angela Smith, psychology, China, Casnovia;

• Bailey Tucker, biochemistry, Ghana, Marquette;

• Cenique Yeldell, communications, Costa Rica, Royal Oak.

The next campus deadline for the Gilman Scholarship is February 25, 2014.  A Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship information session will be held at noon on Wednesday, November 6 in room 216 Mary Idema Pew Library for students looking to study abroad spring, summer, or fall 2014, or academic year 2014/15.  Students are encouraged to work on the scholarship application well in advance of the campus deadline, and may schedule an appointment to meet with Amanda Cuevas, director of the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships at (616) 331-2699 or by stopping by 230 Mary Idema Pew for assistance.

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