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Five VSU Scholars Receive Prestigious Scholarship

Published date: June 8, 2016

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholars to Study Abroad

VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY, VIRGINIA - Five Virginia State University students are among more than 1,150 American undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for students to study or intern abroad during the summer 2016 academic term. Four of the VSU students will travel to China, and one student will travel to India. The students will earn academic credits while gaining cross-cultural perspectives about their fields of study through their immersion experiences in these countries.

  • Monet Graves, a marketing major, will complete a professional internship and an Intercultural Communications & Management course at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China.
  • Ty-Li Brickus-Clark, a Mathematics major, Dejah Hardy, a biology major and Khaleah Mallory, a computer engineering major, will complete a summer program at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China.
  • Shai West, a history major, will study Hindi language as well as Indian history and culture at Symbiosis International University in Pune, India.

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. 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. Since the program’s establishment by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, more than 13,000 students nationwide have received this prestigious award. The scholarship is named after Congressman Benjamin Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee.
The full list of students selected to receive Gilman Scholarships, including students’ home state, university and host country is available at:

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