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Students receive national scholarships to study abroad

June 14, 2013

Loyola University New Orleans junior Meghan Gallaspy is intrigued by Japan’s language and culture. Junior Whitney Woods wants to learn sports broadcasting from a South African perspective. Senior LaDadrian Darden seeks to immerse herself in South African culture while studying economic policy reform. Junior Stephanie Tilley is fascinated by Latin American culture and hopes to improve her Spanish proficiency. Those hopes will become reality thanks to four prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships awarded to the Loyola students.

The Gilman scholarship program offers the awards for undergraduate study abroad to students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two- or four-year college or university.

“Many Loyola students are prime candidates to apply for this outstanding award from the U.S. Department of State. I am thrilled that they were selected for the honor this year,” said Alisa Townes, study abroad advisor in the Center for International Education.

  • Gallaspy, an honors biology major, was awarded $5,000 to study in Tokyo during the fall 2013 semester. She will study at Sophia University, a Jesuit institution and part of Loyola’s exchange program.
  • Woods, a mass communication major, was awarded $3,000 to study at the University of Johannesburg in the fall through the International Student Exchange Program.
  • Darden, an economics major, was awarded $4,500 to study at the University of Johannesburg, also coordinated through the International Student Exchange Program.
  • Tilley, also an economics major, was awarded $3,500 to study in San Jose, Costa Rica through the American Institute for Foreign Study, a third-party provider.

Since its inception in 2001, more than 13,000 students nationwide have used the Gilman scholarship to study in 131 countries. The program encourages students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The program 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.

More information on the Gilman scholarship program and study abroad is available online.

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