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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 9, 2013) – University of Central Missouri junior Justin Drouin, an international studies major from Blue Springs, been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, to participate in a study abroad or international internship program during the summer of 2013.
Drouin, the son of Stacy Drouin of Blue Springs, will depart May 17 to study Arabic and Islamic politics at Moulay Ismail University in Meknes, Morocco, through June 23. Drouin is one of more than 700 American undergraduate students from 270 colleges and universities across the U.S. who were selected to receive the scholarship.
Gilman Scholars receive the scholarships to apply towards their study abroad program costs. Drouin is among a limited number of students also will receive additional funding for language study through the Critical Need Language Awards, for a total award of $8,000.
With the announcement of the new scholarships for this summer, the Gilman Scholarship Program will have offered more than 2,800 scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year, the largest annual number of Gilman awards to date.
The U.S. Department of State’s Gilman Scholarship Program, named for retired U.S. Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman, seeks diversity in the students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they study.Applications for spring 2014 Gilman Scholarships will be available online in August 2013 and due October 1, 2013. Students receiving a federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in an international internship for academic credit are encouraged to apply.
Since the Gilman International Scholarship Program was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, more than 13,000 students nationwide have received the award. The program is administered by the Institute of International Education . Recipients of the scholarship 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.