November 22, 2013
Five CSU undergraduate students have been awarded the highly competitive Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, which provides students with up to $5,000 to apply toward an education abroad experience during the 2014 spring semester.
The program received more than 2,600 scholarship applications. Winners included 700 recipients from 341 colleges and universities around the country. Read on to hear a small part of their story.
Michael Bent, a junior from Centennial, Colo., is double majoring in art with a concentration in graphic design and interior design. This spring, he will be attending the Paris American Academy in Paris, France. Bent has always had his eyes set on The City of Light, where he hopes to expand his knowledge and design skills among some of the greatest creative works in the world, in the city that has inspired so many.
Devon Aimes, from Colorado Springs, Colo., is a senior studying business administration with a concentration in business management and computer information systems. This spring, he is participating in a Chinese Language and International Business Studies program in Shanghai, China. Aimes chose to study abroad, because it will allow him to do something completely new and different. His objective is to gain a new perspective in business practices that he can use in his future career.
Nadia Marrakchi, a junior from Broomfield, Colo., is studying international studies, Arabic, international development, and peace and reconciliation studies. She will spend her spring semester studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan. Marrakchi aims to generate awareness about the importance of youth advancement and opportunities around the world, and has a long-term goal of starting her own orphanage in her father's native country of Morocco. She chose to study in Jordan to improve her Arabic language skills and to learn more about the social, cultural and religious differences in this new culture.
Stefani Gleave, from South Weber, Utah, is a junior international studies student. She will be studying at Yunnan Normal University in Yunnan, China. Gleave plans to work in the field of international adoption and foreign affairs. She hopes to advance her Mandarin language skills and build connections in China during her semester abroad.
Dustin Clark, a junior from Buckingham, Va., is an anthropology major. This spring, he will study Japanese as an exchange student at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, Japan. After graduation, Clark would like to work as a cultural interpreter with a focus on Japan. He hopes to return to Japan after graduating to further improve his Japanese language skills.
As part of the Office of International Programs, CSU Education Abroad assists students in finding a program that is the right academic fit. Program types include short and long-term study, internships, research and service learning. Education Abroad also holds financial aid and scholarship workshops each semester in collaboration with Student Financial Services.
Applications are now open for summer and fall 2014 programs. Feel free to come by the International Resource Center during walk in hours Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., and Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.- 3 p.m., in Laurel Hall Room 008 or visit the website.