Earning the esteemed Gilman Scholarship set the educational paths of two APU students, Lauren Collins ’13 and Roseanna Low ’13, on a new trajectory through a study abroad experience. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, aims to support study abroad opportunities of students to nontraditional countries by underwriting the costs involved. The program helps scholarship recipients become better prepared to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.
Collins, a business administration and Spanish double major, studies at Acento de Trinity in Spain during the spring 2012 semester. “I am very passionate about the Spanish language, so I hope that being immersed in the culture will greatly increase my proficiency,” said Collins. “I also hope to build a solid relationship with my host family and learn more about them, their lifestyle, and culture.”
Low, a psychology major, is spending the spring 2012 semester in South Africa. “I have never been to the African continent before, and I am eager to learn about South Africa’s culture, language, and people,” said Low. “I feel that studying abroad will open up a whole new world to me, serving as a great learning experience and fostering personal growth. I hope to gain valuable skills, memorable experiences, and friendships that will last a lifetime, and more importantly, serve God with this opportunity He has given me.”
“The prestigious Gilman Scholarship program enables a diverse range of undergraduate students to participate in study abroad opportunities, particularly those who might not otherwise enjoy such an experience due to financial constraints,” said Kimberly B.W. Denu, Ph.D., vice provost for undergraduate programs and special assistant to the president. “Students are chosen based on their proposals, academic progress, and overall essay purpose. Lauren and Roseanna have clearly distinguished themselves among aspiring scholars nationwide. Their selection also signals APU’s academic rigor amidst a competitive landscape.”