9 Berea College students receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for summer and fall 2013 academic terms.

Carlos Aguilar ’13, Brea Bailey ’14, Steven Borsman ’14, Suzanne Dazo ’14, Paul Hawkins’ 14, Thomas Risk ’14, Jasmine Towne ’15, Jacob Leibeck ’15 and Cheyenne Bridgewater ’14 are representing Berea College among over 1000 outstanding American undergraduate students from 270 colleges and universities across the U.S. who have been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, to participate in a study abroad or international internship program during the summer and fall 2013 academic terms.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad program costs, and a limited number of students will also receive additional funding for language study through the Critical Need Language Awards, for a total award of $8,000. The list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships, including students’ home state, university and country of study, is available at www.iie.org/gilman. Berea College is one of the universities with the most awardees in this academic year.

The U.S. Department of State’s Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Applications for spring 2014 Gilman Scholarships will be available online in August 2013 and due October 1, 2013. Students receiving a federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in an international internship for academic credit are encouraged to apply.

Since the establishment of the Gilman International Scholarship Program by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, over 13,000 students nationwide have received this prestigious award. The program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Recipients of the scholarship 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. According to Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education, “International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries. It is critical to the success of American diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace.”

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