UA Students Win Gilman International Awards

  • July 29th, 2020

Ten University of Alabama students were awarded scholarships through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program during the 2019-2020 academic year.

“The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship allows students to study abroad who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints,” said Carolina Robinson, director of Education Abroad at UA’s Capstone International Center. “We are thrilled that we had 10 UA students selected as recipients for this award.”

Recipients were selected by the Institute of International Education through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State.

UA awardees include India Cary, of Louisville, Kentucky, selected to study in the Czech Republic; Koriella Graham, of Tuscaloosa, selected to study in Italy; Opal Khotsombath, of Montgomery, selected to study in South Korea; Meredith Mosley, of Union Grove, selected to study in Belgium; Michael Murphy, of Mount Prospect, Illinois, selected to study in Spain; Victoria Oldham, of Belleville, Illinois, selected to study in France; Paris Powell, of Mableton, Georgia, selected to study in Greece; Teagan Stanley, of Columbia, South Carolina, selected to spend a semester at sea visiting 11 countries; and Connor Todd, of Tuscaloosa, selected to study in Jordan.

Nicole Arnold, of The Colony, Texas, was selected as an alternate for the award to study in the Czech Republic.

In addition, Meredith Ward, of Niceville, Florida, was selected as a recipient of the Gilman-McCain Scholarship to study in Italy.

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship, a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain, provides awards to child dependents of active service members to study or intern abroad.

“Our Education Abroad office invests heavily in increasing awareness and supporting students in refining their stories and scholarship applications,” said Robinson. “Our efforts are paid off with each student who wins a scholarship, which allows them the incredible opportunity to experience a new country and culture.”

Students interested in educational opportunities around the globe can visit Education Abroad.

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.