Three Hampton University undergraduate students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad.
HU Juniors Rashad Williams, Justin Alvis and Leana Camille will use 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 and fall.
"We had 10 outstanding students apply for the Gilman scholarship this year and three have secured the award," said Ebony Majeed, Hampton University International Office Director. "It is growth such as this that illustrates our fervor for globalization. Hamptonians are being prepared and well-groomed for the international market that awaits them."
Williams, a political science and communications double major from Raleigh, NC, will be spending the summer in Shanghai, China with the Center for Academic Study Abroad Global Cities Program and studying at East China Normal University.
Camille, a political science major from St. Albans, NY, will travel to Thessaloniki, Greece and work with International Study Abroad and study at The American College of Thessaloniki.
Alvis, a strategic communications major from Cleveland, Ohio, will be in London, working with American Institute of Foreign Study and studying at The American International University - Richmond.
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.
Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, "Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community."
Matthew White '10