Three Appalachian State University students who will be studying abroad during the spring 2018 semester received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The students are: Laurel Roser, a Junior majoring in Political Science from Mount Holly, Rhiannon Reed-Kelly, a Sophomore majoring in Community & Regional Planning from Boone, and Keylen Renteria, a Junior majoring in Global Studies from Charlotte. Each student received $2,500 to $3,500 to support their education abroad. They are among 1000 American undergraduate students from 386 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious scholarship. Laurel will study in Morocco, Rhiannon will study in the Czech Republic, and Kaylen will study in Spain. The scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
“Congratulations to Laurel, Rhiannon and Keylen for receiving the Gilman Scholarship and we wish them all the best in their education abroad experience. I hope that more students will apply for the Gilman, and other study abroad scholarships. There is a lot of funding for education abroad experiences and students can get the support to find and apply for scholarships from our office, the Office of International Education and Development (OIED). We are always happy to help students with their scholarship applications,” said Dr. Maria Anastasiou, Executive Director of OIED.
The Gilman program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who plan to study abroad or participate in a career-oriented international internship abroad 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.
Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. 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.”
The Office of International Education and Development (OIED) assists Appalachian students with the Gilman Scholarship application process by offering workshops specific to this scholarship on a regular basis every semester and one-on-one assistance closer to the applications deadlines in October and March each year. For more information please visit the OIED website.