3 Appalachian State University students awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad
“Congratulations to Laurel, Rhiannon and Keylen … we wish them all the best in their education abroad experience. I hope more students will apply for the Gilman and other study abroad scholarships. There is a lot of funding for education abroad experiences, and students can get the support to find and apply for scholarships from the Office of International Education and Development (OIED). We are always happy to help students with their scholarship applications.”
Dr. Maria Anastasiou, executive director of Appalachian's OIED
Three Appalachian State University students — Laurel Roser, Rhiannon Reed-Kelly and Keylen Renteria — are the recipients of the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and will study abroad during the 2018 spring semester.
Roser, a junior political science major from Mount Holly, North Carolina, will study in Morocco; sophomore community and regional planning major Reed-Kelly, from Boone, North Carolina, will study in the Czech Republic; and Renteria, a junior global studies major from Charlotte, North Carolina, will study in Spain.
Each student received $2,500 to $3,500 to help fund their education abroad; they are among 1,000 undergraduate students from 386 universities and colleges across the U.S. to receive the scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
Named for retired Congressman Gilman, the program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. 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.
About the Office of International Education and Development
The OIED is responsible for spearheading the internationalization efforts at Appalachian. The internationalization mission of Appalachian is to develop awareness, knowledge, appreciation and respect of cultural differences in both domestic and international contexts in its students, faculty, staff and the surrounding communities. The university is also dedicated to creating a campus environment that builds the theoretical and practical skills needed to interact effectively in a global society.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.