ASU students take on the world with help from Gilman Scholarship

By

Nicole Greason

Eleven Arizona State University students will study throughout the world during the 2013-2014 academic year with support from The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Gilman Scholarships provide funding for study abroad programs to students in the United States who are receiving federal Pell Grants and defray eligible costs associated with program tuition, room and board, books, transportation, insurance and airfare.

The 2013-2014 fall/academic year Gilman Scholarship recipients from ASU are:

Hasana Abdul-Quadir, a family and human development major and student in Barrett, The Honors College at ASU, who received $8,000 to study in Jordan.

William Alderman, a global studies major, who received $5,000 to study in Costa Rica.

Taylor Collins, an English literature major and Barrett student, who received $5,000 to study in South Korea.

Robert Davis, a global studies major and Barrett student, who received $5,000 to study in Greece.

Jennette Duffin, a communications major, who received $5,000 to study in Taiwan.

Charles Flinn, a computer information systems and marketing major, who received $3,000 to study in Singapore.

Graeme Fox, an English literature major, who received $5,000 to study in Russia.

Rie Hinze, a global studies major and Barrett student, who received $5,000 to study in Japan.

De’von Jennings, a civil engineering major, who received $8,000 to study in China.

Brianna Pantilione, an interdisciplinary studies major and Barrett student, who received $4,500 to study in Armenia.

Lauren Paschke, a Chinese and Japanese languages major, who received $5,000 to study in China

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.

Since the establishment of the program by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, more than 13,000 students nationwide have received this prestigious award.

“Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment or 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 contributors, rather than spectators in the international community,” said Congressman Benjamin Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee.

The program is administered by the Institute of International Education www.iie.org.gilman. Recipients of the scholarship have the opportunity to gain better understanding of other cultures, languages and economies – making them more prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

 “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,” said Allan Goodman, president and CEO of the Institute for International Education.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is one of many study abroad opportunities for which ASU students can apply. ASU students can study abroad through over 300 programs in more than 60 countries facilitated by the Study Abroad Office. More information on options is available at http://studyabroad.asu.edu.

The Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarship Advisement (LWFONSA), housed at Barrett Honors College, assists students from all ASU campuses in preparing to compete for national and international awards of merit, including the Gilman, Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Fulbright, Truman, Goldwater, Carnegie Jr. Fellows, NSF, Udall, National Security Education Program, Killam and Woodrow Wilson scholarships. Since 1991, LWFONSA-directed students have won more than 427 major national awards worth millions of dollars in external funding. In several competitions, ASU ranks among the top schools in the United States. For more information about the office, visit http://barretthonors.asu.edu/academics/scholarships-and-fellowships/.