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Loyola students win international scholarships

January 28, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans students Andrew Vo and Brittany Chavez were honored last month with the 2011 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, specifically awarded to undergraduate students interested in expanding their educational horizons by studying abroad.

The scholarship is funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two- or four-year college or university are eligible for the scholarship.

“Many Loyola students are prime candidates to apply for this outstanding award from the U.S. Department of State. I am excited that two students, Brittany and Andrew, were selected for the honor this year,” said Mariette Thomas, study abroad advisor in the Center for International Education.

Chavez, a psychology and criminal justice double major, was awarded $4,000 to study in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, during the Spring 2011 semester. There she will be studying philosophy, religion and sociology while enrolled at the American University in Bulgaria through the International Student Exchange Program.

Vo, a political science major, was awarded $5,000 to continue studying abroad in Japan. After spending the fall semester studying in Hirakata City at Kansai Gaidai University, he was awarded the Gilman for a Spring semester in Japan, this time at Nihon University in Mishima.

Approximately 6,428 students across the United States have used the Gilman Scholarship to study in 111 countries. The program encourages students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

During the Spring 2011 application cycle, the Gilman Scholarship Program received almost 2,900 applications for more than 850 awards.

"The campus community can be very proud of Brittany and Andrew," said Thomas, who encourages other Loyola students to apply for the Gilman.

For more information on the Gilman Scholarship program and study abroad, please visit http://studyabroad.loyno.edu.

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