USA- 127 UC students win international students scholarships
Students at University of California (UC) recieved 127 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad during the summer and fall of 2010. UC students made up more than 10 percent of all scholarship recipients, receiving more than $471,000, and four students from UC got the maximum award of $8,000. Of the 127 UC recipients, 117 plan to use their scholarship to study through the UC Education Abroad Program.
The scholarships are a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and focuses on applicants who are low-income Pell Grant recipients and who plan to study at least four weeks in a single country, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. “These important focal points speak to the core elements of the universitywide study abroad program that places particular emphasis on offering UC students rich, immersive experiences in societies and highly ranked universities outside the United States,” said Michael Cowan, executive director of the UC Education Abroad Program. “UCEAP is proud that our efforts, and those of our students, continue to receive national recognition.”
The Gilman Scholarships offer grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. The goal is to better prepare U.S. students for roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.
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