CLAS students earn prestigious Gilman study abroad scholarships
April 18, 2017
Nearly two dozen Grand Valley State University students were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for terms during the 2016-17 academic year to help fund opportunities to study abroad. The majority of those selected have majors in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ disciplines.
The scholarships, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, are awarded to high-achieving students to help diversify the students who study and serve internships abroad, as well as the regions where they work and study.
Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply.
Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies, making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.
These CLAS students were awarded the scholarships, and are listed with their country of study and major:
Summer '16 (4,627 applicants, 1,197 American undergraduate students awarded from 377 colleges and universities):
Roy Herpin, Secondary Education/Mathematics/Psychology, Tanzania
Elayne Vaughn, Communication Studies/Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ghana
Amber Sackett, French/Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies, France
Shukri Bana, English/ Women and Gender Studies, South Africa
Vanesha Blackburn, Sociology/Nonprofit Administration, Ghana
Jaedah Pickens, Psychology/Sociology/African American Studies, Ghana
Sultan Hubbard, Psychology/African American Studies, Ghana
Nhu Nguyen, Biomedical Sciences/Chemistry, Ghana
Jasmine Bruce, Studio Art/Illustration, China
Julia Dang, English/Psychology/Secondary Education, Ghana
Fall '16 (2,900 applicants, 860 American undergraduate students awarded from 324 colleges and universities):
Jennifer Polasek, Writing/Advertising and Public Relations, Poland
Chloe Lalonde, German/ Allied Health Sciences, Germany
Sunnie Wiswell, Biomedical Sciences/German/Chemistry, Germany
Winter '17 (2,700 applicants, 860 American undergraduate students awarded from 359 colleges and universities):
Vanessa Crambell, Social Work, Australia
Antoinette Jackson, Psychology/African American Studies, Ghana
Amber Modena, International Relations/Spanish/Psychology, Spain
Travis Taylor, Biology/History, Australia
The program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
Courtesy of Nate Hoekstra in University Communications