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Alcorn State University students win prestigious Gilman Study Abroad Awards

Alcorn State, Miss. (September 7, 2012) – Four Alcorn State University students received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad for fall 2012.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, congressionally funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, is one the nation’s most competitive and prestigious programs, offering grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad, with the intent to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The program aims to support a diverse range of students, who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad. Eligible students are those who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in education abroad.

Below are four students who received and accepted the Gilman Scholarship, and their classifications, majors, hometowns and Study Abroad destinations.

• Jasmine Lakisha Myers, sophomore, psychology major from Ridgeland, Mississippi, will study abroad at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco during the 2012 fall semester.

• Johnesha Trinay Hawkins, sophomore, psychology major from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will study abroad at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco during the 2012 fall semester.

• Pandora Eula White, senior, bio-chemistry major from Fayette, Mississippi, will study abroad at the University of Ghana, Legon in Ghana during the 2012 fall semester.

• Justin Shamar Johnson, junior, agri-business major from Detroit, Michigan, will study abroad at Universidad VERITAS in Costa Rica during the 2012 fall semester.

Below are two students who also received the Gilman Scholarship, but are unable to accept it.

• Errolyn Yvonne Gray, junior, mass Communication major from West Point, Mississippi

• Ariel Da’Shay Williams, Sophomore, Social Work major from Abbevile, Mississippi

For more information on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, contact a representative in the Global Programs Office at 601.877.6533 who can help you locate funding sources for studying abroad. Click here visit the program's Web site.


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