Jul 16, 2010
Three Ohio University students were recently selected for the fall 2010 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, awarding them $11,000 collectively to study abroad.
Donald Lindsay received $3,000 to study in Japan, Alexandra Motz was awarded $3,500 to study in Costa Rica and Crystalyn Thomas-Davis received $4,500 to study in Ghana.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship offers grants for U.S. citizens who are undergraduate students with limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Students also must be a U.S. citizen and a federal Pell Grant recipient to apply for the scholarship.
International study is intended to prepare these students to assume significant roles in the increasing global economy and independent world, and students are encouraged to choose non-traditional destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
"It seems essential that we as Americans learn more about the rest of the world," said Beth Clodfelter, director of U.S. Fulbright Programs and Liaison for International Partnerships. "The majority of the world's population lives outside of Western Europe."
Lindsay, Motz and Thomas-Davis will all be studying language, Clodfelter said. In Japan, Lindsay will study Japanese, Motz will study advanced Spanish in Costa Rica, and Thomas-Davis will study Twi/Akan in Ghana.
Lindsay, a junior international business and marketing major from Columbus, Ohio, has dreamt of going to Japan ever since his father introduced Japanese culture and entertainment to him at a young age. He plans to pursue a master's degree in education and have the opportunity to travel abroad and teach.
Motz, a senior journalism major from Cincinnati, hopes that studying abroad will give her the opportunity to enter into travel reporting. She will study documentary production and photography in addition to Spanish in Costa Rica and is currently sending samples of her work to travel websites.
Thomas-Davis, a senior broadcast journalism major and African-American studies minor from Cincinnati, plans to become a journalist who specializes in issues regarding children and education. She would also like to publish books on that topic.
Of the Ohio University students who applied during the 2009-10 school year, five received the award, which is the highest number of Gilman awardees in school history. One of the awardees is scheduled to travel abroad during winter quarter and another student declined the award.
To allow students to travel to these unconventional study abroad locations, award amounts vary depending on the length of study and student need, according to the website. Students who receive the scholarship are also eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement.
Anyone interested in applying is encouraged to contact Clodfelter at firstname.lastname@example.org.