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9 students receive scholarships for international studies

(Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON — Scholarships paying up to $5,000 were awarded to UNCW students who have plans to study or participate in an internship abroad.

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship were awarded to nine students across multiple departments.

Since 2001, the program has offered financial support to those receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof they will be receiving it as they study abroad. Veterans of military service are encouraged and given preference when other factors are equivalent on the application.

Participants study languages especially critical to national security in diverse countries and world regions. It also helps them gain professional skills, language abilities, and knowledge of the world.

“These awards benefit UNCW applicants on short-term programs during the academic semesters and participants on faculty-led programs in the summer as well,” said Dr. Wilhelm, associate provost of global partnerships and international education. “I would like to thank Dr. Brian Chandler, associate professor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, who advises students on their Gilman essays, as well as our team of study abroad advisers who work with students from day one.”

Essays are required, a challenge Wilhelm said has “students think through the education abroad experience before it happens and get those thoughts down on paper as part of the application.”

“Students are motivated to articulate goals and outcomes,” he added. “Pushing boundaries in terms of location or language is rewarded.”

Below are the students awarded the scholarships and where they plan to travel to and study:

  • Taylor Blackmon, India, social work major
  • Arizona Carter, India, social work major
  • Raul Gutierrez, France, French and international studies major
  • Alexis Johnson, Japan, film studies and international studies major
  • Natasha Piner, Poland, film studies and communication studies major
  • Diandre Richie, Iceland, environmental sciences major,
  • Ashly Tinkham, India, social work major
  • Sonymelis Ramos Tosado, Argentina, biology major
  • Christine Tregoning, India, social work major

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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