The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program supports American undergraduates with financial need in their efforts to study abroad. It aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad as well as the regions where they go.
If Nebraska Wesleyan’s 2012 Gilman scholars are any indicator, the program is hitting its mark of helping very different students to study in very different places. This semester, three Nebraska Wesleyan students are studying in South America, Asia and the Baltic with Gilman Scholarship support.
Emma Hoffman, a junior theatre major from Fremont, Neb., is using her $5,000 Gilman Scholarship to study Spanish and film at the Universidad Catolica del Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay. Hoffman said she chose Nebraska Wesleyan because of its strong study abroad program, but admits that studying in Uruguay wasn’t top on her list. “Now I feel that no other place could suit me better.”
Meanwhile, Ben Schilling, a junior accounting major from McCook, Neb., is using his award to study business in Hong Kong. “It’s a critical time to learn international business and culture because more and more corporations are competing on a global scale,” he said.
And Gabe Taylor, an exercise science major from Council Bluffs, Iowa, is using his Gilman Scholarship to return to Estonia after a positive experience in the Baltic with Nebraska Wesleyan’s University Choir last summer.
Nebraska Wesleyan students have now earned 20 Gilman Scholarships since the program’s inception in 2001.