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CSU students receive nationally competitive scholarship for study abroad

June 4, 2012

Eight CSU undergraduate students have received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad during the 2012 summer and fall semesters. These students were selected from the 2,300 applicants from over 550 colleges and universities across the United States.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education in Houston, Texas. Students receiving a federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions are eligible to apply.

Summer and fall recipients

The summer CSU recipients are Christian Hill, a History major, who is studying in China and Kaitlin Zito, a Political Science major, also studying in China.

The fall recipients include

  • Willa Johnson, a Nutrition and Food Science major, who will be studying in New Zealand;
  • Judah Melton, a Forestry major, who will be studying in the Czech Republic;
  • Kayla Myers, a Human Development and Family Studies major, who will be studying in Chile;
  • Josiah Savig, a Sociology major, who will be studying in Argentina; Zeenat Schultz, a Business Administration major, who will be studying in United Arab Emirates; and
  • Torre Wilkinson, a Biological Science major, who will be studying in Ireland.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad program costs, and a limited number of Critical Need Language Scholarships are given each year for a total award of up to $8,000. The full list of Gilman Scholarship recipients for the 2012 summer and fall semester, including students’ home state, university and country of study, is available online.

Scholarship makes study abroad possible

Julia Helminiak, study abroad coordinator at CSU and scholarship advisor says, “The Gilman Scholarship allows students to have an experience abroad who could not otherwise have afforded one.”

Helminiak helps prepare eligible students for the Gilman Scholarship. “I am available to read student essays and advise them on how to write a competitive application,” she says. Helminiak, along with other CSU staff, has served as a national scholarship panelist for the Gilman Scholarship Program in the past.

Many students awarded over time

Since 2001, the Gilman Scholarship Program has awarded more than 10,000 undergraduate students nationwide with this prestigious award.

For more information about the Gilman Scholarship Program, and other scholarships for study abroad, please contact Julia Helminiak at (970) 491-5917 or visit CSU Study Abroad.

Contact: Chris Churma
Phone: (970) 491-8750