Jun 2, 2011
By Brooke Bunce
Several Ohio Ohio University students have received scholarships to study abroad this year. The awards include the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Critical Language Scholarship and Boren Fellowship.
Six undergraduates have been selected to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship awards for 2011 summer or fall study abroad programs.
The Gilman program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students, who are recipients of the Pell Grant, to pursue academic studies abroad, preferably outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
This year's recipients are:
Olivia Hernlund, a nursing major, was selected to participate in a medical Spanish study abroad program in Costa Rica. Unfortunately, it was not possible for her to accept the award.
Baron Laudermilk has received an award to participate in a study abroad program in China this fall. He is a political science major who is also pursuing an East Asian Studies certificate.
Anna Melnik, a geography major, received the Gilman award to participate in Ohio University's Edinburgh: City and Environment summer study abroad program in Scotland.
Jermain Onye, a chemical engineering major who is pursuing a Spanish minor, will conduct research in conjunction with Ohio University's SPIRE partnership program in Bariloche, Argentina.
Jordin Shannon, a double major in political science and international studies, and Avery Tucker, an environmental and plant biology major, will participate in Ohio University's Chinese Language and Culture study abroad program in Beijing, China. Tucker also will do a three-week internship in Beijing. Avery has been selected for another nationally competitive award, the Freeman Award for Study in Asia for the study abroad program as well.
"These six students, combined with the three who received awards for winter and spring quarters, have set a record for the highest number of Gilman International Scholarship awardees that Ohio University has had in an academic year," said Beth Clodfelter, director of the Office of U.S. Fulbright Programs. "It is wonderful to see hard working students receive the chance to study abroad and the fascinating places that they have chosen to go."
Critical Language Scholarship
Four students have been awarded highly competitive Critical Language Scholarships (CLS), which are part of a U.S. government's effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. The CLS program seeks applicants who are serious about using their language skills throughout their academic and professional careers.
Tim Baird, a doctoral student in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts, received a CLS award to participate in an intensive Chinese language program this summer. He hopes to hone his Chinese language skills in order to conduct his dissertation research in China.
Darcy Higgins, a political science major pursuing minors in Russian and French, was selected for an intensive CLS Russian language program.
Amy Goodnite, an industrial and systems engineering major, has received a CLS award to intensively study Japanese. She hopes to work in logistics for the U.S. Army in Japan in the future.
Meredith Skaggs, a master's student in art history, received a Critical Language Scholarship to participate in an intensive Chinese language program in China.
"These students deserve credit for their motivation to attain advanced skills in important languages that relatively few Americans study," Clodfelter said. "Participants in the CLS program have the opportunity to learn an academic year's worth of a language over the summer, meaning that they have challenging and excellent programs awaiting them."
Katie Bruhn, a master's student in Southeast Asian Studies, has been selected for a Boren Fellowship. The scholarship will enable her to continue her study of Indonesian, learn the Javanese language and conduct research into the Indonesian educational system.
For more information, contact Beth Clodfelter at 740-593-2302 or