Sweet Briar College student Victoria Jemmett ’18 is one of more than 850 undergraduate students from 324 colleges and universities across the U.S. to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the 2016-2017 academic term. The award is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. Since its inception in 2001, the program has aimed to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies — making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.
“Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates,” said Congressman Gilman, according to a press release by the Institute of International Education, which administers the program. Gilman retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee.
“Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience,” he said. “It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”
The full list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships is available on the program’s website.