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Thirteen U. of I. undergraduates awarded Gilman Scholarships

6/12/2013 | David Schug, National and International Scholarships Program | 217-244-0254;

[ Email | Share ] CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Thirteen University of Illinois undergraduate students have been awarded scholarships from the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program. The scholarships are for students studying abroad in summer 2013, fall 2013 or the 2013-14 academic year.

U. of I. recipients, their programs and destinations (EDITORS: See list.):

The Gilman is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the regions of the world where they study. The award honors Benjamin A. Gilman, a former chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee who retired in 2002 after serving 30 years in the House of Representatives. Recipients of the scholarship have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other countries, cultures, economies and languages.

In this round of the national competition, 1,500 U.S. undergraduates were awarded scholarships from an applicant pool of 4,500. To be eligible for the award, students must demonstrate financial need by receiving a federal Pell Grant for their current studies. Gilman Scholars generally receive between $2,500 and $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad program costs. U. of I. recipients were awarded a total of more than $40,000 from the scholarship program to fund their overseas studies.

“North, South, East and West, our Gilman recipients will be representing the university on five different continents, and then just as important, will be bringing back what they have learned to our classrooms and their communities,” said David Schug, the director of the national and international scholarships program at Illinois.

Applications for spring 2014 Gilman scholarships are due Oct. 1, 2013.


ANTIOCH – Kaela Talley, senior in music education, Music Program in Vienna, summer 2013

AURORA – Rodrigo Acevedo, junior in global studies, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro Exchange Program, Brazil, fall 2013

BOLINGBROOK – Sajani Gumidyala, freshman in biology, The School for Field Studies – Kenya & Tanzania: Wildlife Management Studies, summer 2013

CHICAGO 60625 – Jorge Villegas, sophomore in business administration, Escuela Superior de Administracio y Direccion  Empresas Business School, Barcelona, Spain, fall 2013

CHICAGO 60630 – Jennifer Isabel Mendez, junior in East Asian languages and cultures, National University of Singapore, summer 2013

CHICAGO 60634 – Kathryn Garbacz, sophomore in economics, Kiel University – Summer Business Program, Germany, summer 2013

CHICAGO 60643 – Dan Mikros, junior in biology, The School for Field Studies – Rainforest Studies in Australia and New Zealand, summer 2013

GLENDALE HEIGHTS – Jafir Ali Haidri, sophomore in mechanical engineering, Minnesota Arabic Language and Culture, Morocco, summer 2013

GLENVIEW – Ariel Sine, sophomore in chemical engineering, South Korea Pohang University of Science and Technology, fall 2013

ROCK ISLAND – Roberto Alva, junior in electrical engineering, Hiroshima Institute of Technology, Engineering: Summer in Japan-Hiroshima, summer 2013

SAVOY – Ariella Cohen, junior in anthroplogy, Korea University Exchange Program, South Korea, summer 2013


CALIFORNIA, Arcadia – Joseph Chang, freshman in engineering, Hiroshima Institute of Technology, Engineering: Summer in Japan-Hiroshima, summer 2013

WISCONSIN, Montfort – Kyle Van Den Bosch, junior in natural resources and environmental sciences, ACES in the Netherlands at Wageningen University and Research Centre in Wageningen, academic year 2013

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