Two Texas State University-San Marcos students, Martha Bitar of
Bitar, an international studies major, will study this fall in
“Winning this award means opportunity to me,” Bitar said. “This is an opportunity to represent a rapidly growing minority in the 'Arab World,' an opportunity to interact with a culture that is completely different, where dress and conduct codes are practically the opposite of the culture that I am used to, an opportunity to gain a better understanding of U.S.-Arab relations, and to expand my language skills by living in a place where I will be surrounded by the language.”
Lee, a Spanish major, is participating through the collaborative program between
“The Gilman scholarship opened the door to this amazing study abroad opportunity in
The scholarship program offers grants for
The program is designed to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. Students must qualify for federal Pell Grant funding at two-year or four-year colleges or universities to be eligible to apply. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs. Award amounts vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000.
For information about the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program contact the Texas State Study Abroad Office or visit the IIE web site at: http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman/index.html.