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Spring 2010 Gilman Scholarship Recipients Announced
December 7, 2010

Hannah Feig and Gianexis Lopez, USF students won Gilman Scholarships to study abroad for Spring 2010.  Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad program costs. There were only 850 Gilman Scholars selected out of 2,900 applicants nationally.

Ms. Feig, an Engineering major and Honors College student, was awarded the Gilman Scholarship to study in Senegal. Ms. Lopez, a Criminology major, will be studying in Italy.  All recipients are required to carry out a Follow-on Project to share information about the Gilman program within their university and community.

The next USF Deadline for Gilman is January 15 for the upcoming Summer and Fall terms.  The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Students receiving a federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply and should alert the Office of National Scholarships (ONS) of their interest as soon as possible.  Ms. Emily Nanna is the National Scholarships Graduate Advisor who manages the Gilman Scholarship portfolio. Contact her at hon-ga1@usf.edu.

Since the establishment of the Gilman International Scholarship Program, over 6,500 students nationwide have received this prestigious award.  Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates.  Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

Boren, DAAD, and CLS scholarships also fund enrolled students to go to international locales without requiring the Pell grant.  DAAD is specifically for study, research and internships in Germany.  Boren emphasizes language and study abroad for 6-12 months. Each summer, the Critical Languages Scholarship (CLS) sends students to learn one of 13 critical languages in the country in which it is spoken for 7-10 weeks.  More information on these scholarships and many more can be found at the Office of National Scholarships website: http://ons.usf.edu.

Ms. Penny Carlton who coordinates the award in the Office of National Scholarships, said, “We recommend that students come early in their University career to begin to build their profile to be competitive.  Using our new profile system, which students access through our website, we are able to help them target the scholarships that fit them best. There are many opportunities for outstanding students as early as freshman year to apply for merit scholarships to study or research abroad as well as for graduate school. The USF Office of National Scholarships in collaboration with the Education Abroad Office, consults with students to identify study abroad programs and strengthen their applications to these prestigious scholarships.”

For more information on the Undergraduate Scholars award or merit scholarships, contact Penny Carlton, MFA, or Dr. Linda Lucas at the Office of National Scholarships by phone (813) 974-3087 or by email nationalscholarships@usf.edu   in person at SVC 1088 and online at http://ons.usf.edu to get the competitive edge.