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Five UK Students Awarded Scholarships to Study Abroad

Monday, May 13, 2013

Five University of Kentucky students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship by the Institute of International Education to support their study abroad missions.

The Gilman Scholarship is a congressionally funded scholarship provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education.

The scholarship supports a diverse group of students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, such as students with significant financial need, community college students, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities.

Award recipients are selected via a competitive selection process and must use the funds to cover tuition, room and board, books, travel fees and other expenses

The University of Kentucky students receiving the scholarships for the summer of 2013 are:

  • Alexis Amorese will use the scholarship to study in Indonesia;
  • Cassandra Burns will use the scholarship to study in Costa Rica;
  • Tammala King will use the scholarship to study in Ireland;
  • Solomon King-White will use the scholarship to study in China; and
  • Evan Willett will use the scholarship to study in Germany

The Gilman Scholarship helps provide each of these students with a rewarding study abroad experience.

Alexis Amorese will study sustainable agriculture in Indonesia. “Agriculture is something that no matter where you are in the world we can all relate to,” Amorese said. “Whether it’s the hard times farmers may face, the unpredictability of Mother Nature, or the reward you get for producing food, I know that my experience in Indonesia will teach me things I can use to educate others.”

Evan Willett will study engineering in Karlsruhe, Germany and is excited for the opportunity to experience a new culture. “Being entrenched in a culture to which I am not accustomed will undoubtedly give me direct insight into the cultural differences between Germany and the United States, thus helping me gain a deeper appreciation for international cultural relations,” Willett said.

Students interested in the Gilman Scholarship should contact an Education Abroad advisor in order to select an Education Abroad Program. Email Seth Riker for more information:

Students who have already selected an Education Abroad Program and are ready to apply for the Gilman Scholarship should contact Pat Whitlow, director of the Office of External Scholarships at the University of Kentucky. The Office of External Scholarships (OES) helps current undergraduate students apply for scholarships not directly funded by the University of Kentucky. The OES helps strengthen student applications and provide guidance throughout the scholarship application process. Email Pat Whitlow for more information:

The deadline to apply for the Spring 2013 Gilman Scholarship is Oct. 1, 2013 and students interested in pursuing the opportunity are advised to begin working with Whitlow far in advance of the application deadline.