Batavia, New York — Study abroad is “an enriching social and cultural experience,” according to retired New York Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman. Gilman chaired the House International Relations Committee during his 30-year tenure in the House of Representatives. He retired in 2003, but his legacy lives on in the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. Genesee Community College encourages full-time students interested in studying abroad to apply for funding through the Gilman Scholarship Program. Applications for summer and fall semester study terms are due by March 4, 2014. Students can complete the one page application online at https://gilmanapplication.iie.org/Applicant/.
GCC believes in the value of study abroad as it expands a student’s outlook and prepares individuals to appreciate and embrace important human values and principles. GCC offers a variety of student exchange and study abroad programs. Among GCC’s Study Abroad/Study Away options available currently or in the past are: Australia, Brazil, England, Hawaii, Ireland and Amsterdam. To review GCC’s Study Abroad website go to: http://www.genesee.edu/academics/studyabroad/
In addition, GCC and other students can access additional travel abroad opportunities offered by other college/university programs through SUNY (State University of New York). Students can search out other options online at http://www.sunysystemabroad.com.
The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State. ECA works to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries around the world.
Financial constraints can make study abroad difficult. The Gilman Scholarship seeks to expand opportunities for undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Through the program, scholarships are offered to U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university. The goal is to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. “It 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,” Congressman Gilman stated.
“The Gilman Scholarship provides opportunities that can be life-changing, and some scholarships are very generous covering the cost of airfare, housing and even part of tuition or books,” said James Goodwin, director of GCC’s Global Initiatives. “We encourage any student interested in studying abroad to apply, and my office is ready to assist students with the application process. Just stop by or set up an appointment to chat.”
Students who would like additional information about the Gilman Scholarship or studying abroad can contact Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 343-0055 ext. 6322.
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