Published: May 2, 2017

Spartans awarded Gilman International Scholarship

By: Cheryl Benner Office of Study Abroad office: (517) 432-5166 bennerc@msu.eduContact(s): Kristen Parker Media Communications office: (517) 353-8942 cell: (517) 980-0709

Eleven Spartans are among approximately 1,200 American undergraduate students from more than 350 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

The scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for 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. 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.

"Education abroad programs should be accessible to all students, regardless of their financial need," said Lynn Aguado, coordinator 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 Scriber – 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
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