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Spartans awarded Gilman International Scholarship

Published: Friday, 28 Apr 2017
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

April 27, 2017 – Eleven Spartans are among approximately 1,200 American undergraduate students from more than 350 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the summer of 2017. Three MSU students received an early decision in February, and eight additional awards were finalized this month.


Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs.  The program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or internships abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship 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. 

"Education abroad programs should be accessible to all students, regardless of their financial need," says Lynn Aguado, who leads the efforts to promote the award and certify the applications for the MSU Office for Education Abroad.  "The Gilman program provides significant financial support to students who might not otherwise be able to participate in these enriching international academic programs.  We are grateful to the Gilman program and proud of our students for their success!"


The list of MSU students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships are as follows:


·         Caitlin Dubay - United Kingdom - $4,000

·         Shanika Kidd - South Africa - $4,500

·         Cassandra Lawton – Japan - $6,500

·         Keiarra Menefe - South Africa - $4,500

·         Amber Massey - France - $2,500

·         Morgan Schriber – Ireland - $4,000

·         Monica Tran - Hong Kong - $5,000

·         Patrick Truszkowski - Germany - $3,000

·         Bridget Walker – Malawi - $5,000

·         Cassandra Walker – Japan - $2,500

·         Sheena Washington – Belize - $3,500


According to Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education who administers the program, "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."