Six Global Studies students earn prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Photo Credit: Keegan Adams, Tyler Matson, Khenda Mustafa, Julie Peterson, Lane Vasa and Josh Ward
Keegan Adams, Tyler Matson, Khenda Mustafa, Julie Peterson, Lane Vasa and Josh Ward
Fri, 01/26/2018 - 21:43

Six global studies students including majors Keegan Adams, Tyler Matson, Khenda Mustafa, Julie Peterson and Josh Ward, and minor Lane Vasa have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad during the spring 2018 semester.

  • Adams, will study in Shanghai, China.
  • Matson, will study in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Mustafa, will study in Ifrane, Morocco.
  • Peterson, will study in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Vasa, will study in Berlin, Germany.
  • Ward, will study in Brussels, Belgium.

The award is a nationally competitive scholarship awarded three times a year to undergraduate students seeking to study or intern abroad. Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs, or up to $8,000 if they are studying a critical need language  (Matson and Mustafa both earned the maxium $8,000 award). The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.

“Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates,” said Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee. “Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience.  It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

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.

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