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Student Receives Gilman Scholarship

Published date: May 6, 2014

Mohamed Bah


Mohamed Bah of Annandale, VA, a junior, criminal justice major, has been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to study abroad this summer.  He is one of only 1,100 American undergraduate students from 358 colleges and universities across the country to receive a Gilman Scholarship. 

Bah’s $2,500 scholarship will help fund an internship with the Troubled Youth Rehabilitation Program in San Ignacio, Belize, whose focus is working with at-risk youth with the assistance of local law enforcement and judicial authorities.  Bah will add this experience to his previous volunteer work mentoring youth as a VSU student.  Upon graduation from VSU, he plans to pursue a graduate degree in criminology and said the international internship will enhance his preparation for a career in this field. 

Gilman Scholars have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies.  The Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in Houston, TX. The program brings diversity to study abroad participants and the countries and regions in which they study.  

Benjamin A. Gilman retired in 2002 after serving 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, during which time he chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee.  

For questions about the Gilman Scholarship application process, contact Dr. Maxine Sample, Director of International Education and the Gilman Scholarship Program Campus Advisor, at  or 804-524-5986. 

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