Thailand-Bound Dance Student Awarded Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship

May. 1, 2015

Thailand-Bound Dance Student Awarded Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship
Haubrich will use the Gilman scholarship for study in Thailand. (Photo credit Gerry Love)

Webster University’s Office of Study Abroad announces Shannon Haubrich has been selected as a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship recipient for Summer 2015.

Haubrich, who is majoring in dance, is one of over 1,000 American undergraduate students from 332 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the Summer 2015 academic term. Haubrich will study abroad at Webster-Thailand this summer.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims 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, who 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. 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 program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  The full list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships, including students’ home state, university and host country, is available on the scholarship website.

According to Allan Goodman, President and CEO of IIE, “International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries. It is critical to the success of American diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace.”

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