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2011.12.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Shane Pekny - International Studies and Programs
phone: 402.554.2376 - email: spekny@unomaha.edu

UNO Students Win Study Abroad Scholarships

Omaha - Four University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students are packing their bags after winning the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, affording them study abroad opportunities in Costa Rica, Russia and Korea.

Since 2001, the U.S. Department of State has granted Gilman Scholarships twice annually to Pell-eligible undergraduate students at U.S. colleges and universities. Ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 each, the awards cover travel costs and other expenses for students who are otherwise unable to study overseas.

UNO Study Abroad Advisor Emily Hassenstab, who assisted the students in preparing their Gilman applications, said the awards recognize each student’s achievements at UNO and their commitment to learning more about the world.

“These scholarships strengthen UNO’s ability to give our students a global education,” she explained.

The scholarship recipients are: Marie Foxhoven, Secondary Education; Meaghan Valerius, International Studies; Richard Laye, Physics and International Studies; and Megan Lueders, International Studies.

After their experiences abroad, the students will return to UNO and engage in projects to promote international exchange opportunities among their classmates.

In the fall and summer of 2011, three UNO students won Gilman Scholarships: Natasha Fields, Megan Liken and Caleb Lorensen.

Nationally, about one-in-three applicants typically receives a scholarship. The application process, which requires student essays about their goals and their post-travel projects, begins early in the semester before their planned overseas experience. All majors are eligible, and study in non-traditional study abroad destinations – places outside of western Europe and Australia – are encouraged.

Altogether, 951 students from 335 colleges and universities received Gilman Scholarships for the 2012 spring semester. Awards totaled $3.6 million.

For more information on the Gilman Scholarship recipients from UNO or UNO’s study abroad opportunities, please contact Shake Pekny at spekney@unomaha.edu or by phone at (402) 554.4040

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