Five students earn Gilman scholarship to study abroad this fall

Nikki Sandoval

Five UO students have earned Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships to study abroad this fall term.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs with additional funding available for the study of a critical language overseas. 

“The Gilman Scholarship is a prestigious and competitive scholarship that has a national success rate of approximately 27 percent,” said Luis Ruiz, assistant director for advising at Global Education Oregon. “In the fall 2018 application cycle, the success rate among UO students was an impressive 38.4 percent. This achievement illustrates the strong interest that UO students have to pursue international opportunities, as well as the support that GEO staff provide to students throughout the application process.”

The UO cohort is part of nearly 1,200 American undergraduate students from 363 colleges and universities across the United States selected for the grant. The five UO recipients are:

  • Melody Charles, a geography major, will study in Jordan.
  • Nikki Sandoval, a Japanese major, will study language and culture in Japan.
  • Anna Tassia, a human physiology major, will travel to Italy.
  • Rene Torres Mata is going to France as a pre-business administration major.
  • Momo Wilms-Crowe, a double major in political science and international studies, will be going to South Africa.

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

“We recognize that applying for scholarships can often be an intensive and complicated process, so I’d highly encourage students thinking of going abroad to plan early and make full use of the scholarship services we provide, including receiving feedback on essay drafts and coming in for advising to explore possible funding opportunities,” said Chin Yi Chen, scholarships advisor at Global Education Oregon.

To learn more or apply, visit the GEO scholarships website.