by Pearlie M Bowser
Three ASU students, Tahari Hart-Sanders, a freshman pre-nursing major; Jonathan Payton a senior, logistics and supply chains management major; and Jennifer Swan a sophomore, mathematics and computer science major, won this summer’s Benjamin A. Gilman’s International Scholarship for study abroad.
The students are among 850 undergraduate students from 324 colleges and universities across the country selected to receive the prestigious scholarship which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’sBureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Nine students, who completed study abroad opportunities at Xiamen University in China, returned to ASU on June 16.
“We are proud of their grand global performance and as a new team of ASU Global Ambassadors, we expect other students will draw motivation from them,” said Dr. Nneka Nora Osakwe, Director of ASU Global Programs and Fulbright Program; also the Gilman’s Scholarship Adviser.
The students are scheduled to make presentations at ASU and community schools during the fall semester, beginning in September.
Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 for study abroad program costs. Students who receive federal Pell grants from two and four-year institutions who study abroad or participate in international internships 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 in government and the private sector,” Oswake added.
Details about the scholarship criteria and a comprehensive list of winning students and schools for 2013 can be accessed at the Benjamin Gilman’s Scholarship website: http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program.
For more information contact Osakwe, at (229) 420-1043.