CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Students Receive Study Abroad Scholarships

Date: 12-22-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Following a nationwide competition, three California State University, Chico students have been awarded Gilman Scholarships to study abroad next year.

Jose Cerda, from Orland, received $2,000 to study for the spring semester in Costa Rica; Jessica Ocegueda, from Los Angeles, received $3,000 to study in Thailand; and Justin Green, from Rocklin, received $5,000 to study for a year in South Africa.

Gilman Scholarships are funded by Congress and are administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. The program was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000.

The Gilman program is for undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university. The program supports students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, such as students with high financial need, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities.

Applicants have to write two essays, one of which is a service project to help bring an international perspective to their home school and/or other schools when they return. Students must complete the service project proposed in the essay after their study abroad experience.

More than 2,300 Gilman scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. A competitive selection process determines the awardees. The average scholarship is approximately $4,000.