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Four students receive prestigious Gilman Scholarships

Posted on December 08, 2010

Four Grand Valley students were named Gilman Scholars for the winter 2011 semester, setting a record for the largest number of scholars in one award cycle for the university.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is operated by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Institute for International Education. Students selected for the program use the scholarship to study abroad.

The students and the country where they will study follows:
• Onawa Gardiner, advertising and public relations major, will study in Chile;
• Ferris Jumah, majoring in statistics, accounting and finance, will study in Turkey;
• Marcy McCourt, health professions major, will study in India; and
• John Rood, majoring in political science and philosophy, will also study in India.

Amanda Cuevas, director of the Office of Fellowships, said the Gilman Scholarship Program received about 2,900 applications and presented 850 awards.

The deadline for students who want to apply for fall 2011 Gilman Scholarships is February 14. Contact Cuevas at or visit for more information.


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