May 28, 2015
Two Students Receive Gilman Scholarship to Study Abroad
West Virginia Wesleyan College students John Bair and Taylor Germain will study abroad this summer thanks in part to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program.
Bair, a junior double major in music and applied physics from Shady Spring, WV, will be studying Buddhism in Chaing Mai, Thailand for five weeks. While overseas, he will also travel around Chiang Mai and take advantage of its surrounding natural attractions.
“Being selected as a Gilman Scholar is a great honor,” stated Bair. “I am glad I was given the opportunity to apply. I must encourage any student who sees an opportunity to study abroad to apply, apply, apply. These opportunities are available for anyone with a desire to go.”
Germain, a junior English literature major and philosophy, psychology, and Honors minor from Deep Creek, MD, will be studying in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for eight weeks. She will be taking classes and serving at an orphanage. Germain will also be taking advantage of the safari excursions, archaeological landmarks, and the opportunity to observe primates.
“I am honored and thankful that the Gilman program extended such a statement of faith in me,” commented Germain.
Named after retired congressman Benjamin A. Gilman from New York, the program was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. 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. Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. 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."
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
More information about ECA can be found here.
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