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Students Awarded Prestigious Federal Study Abroad Scholarships

Date: 12-04-2013

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

Three California State University, Chico students with plans to study abroad this spring have received prestigious federal scholarships to help offset their costs.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship provides students with financial need with up to $5,000 to apply to their study abroad program costs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program aims to diversify the students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Recipients must be receiving a federal Pell Grant, and preference is given to students in nontraditional study-abroad countries, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities.

The three CSU, Chico scholarship recipients are among 700 undergraduate students across the United States to receive the competitive grant for next spring; 2,600 students applied. The CSU, Chico students will spend the spring 2014 semester abroad in Thailand, Costa Rica and the Czech Republic.

Earlier this year, the national Institute of International Education (IIE) ranked the CSU, Chico study abroad program second in the nation among master’s-granting institutions for number of long-term (yearlong) participants. The University was previously ranked third in the nation for five years running. Chico State was also ranked second by the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) for the number of students it sent abroad in the 2012-13 academic year.

The three scholarship recipients join 10 other CSU, Chico students who received Gilman scholarships earlier this year, including one summer recipient and nine fall or yearlong recipients. By the end of the 2013-14 academic year, the University will have sent approximately 320 students abroad to 25 countries around the world.

“This year, more Chico State students received Gilman Scholarships than ever before,” said Jennifer Gruber, study abroad advisor for the University. “Being that this is a national scholarship, it is quite impressive that so many of our students are receiving the award. They should be very proud of themselves.”

The Spring 2014 CSU, Chico Gilman Scholarship recipients are

  • Tracy Rugene, political science major, Chiang Mai, Thailand ($5,000)
  • Carina Gutierrez, double major, psychology and comparative religions, Prague, Czech Republic ($3,000)
  • Michelle Arevalo-Diaz, management information systems major, Heredia, Costa Rica ($4,500)

The Benjamin Gilman Scholarship program is administered by the IIE. For more information, please visit www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program.