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Roadrunners awarded prestigious study abroad scholarships

Five MSU Denver students were awarded the U.S. State Department’s Gilman Scholarship for summer 2018.

Five students from Metropolitan State University of Denver have been selected to receive the U.S. Department of State’s prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the summer of 2018.

The students from MSU Denver are Paige Arellano, a junior majoring in art history, theory and criticism; Bridgette Maloney, a senior majoring in human services with a concentration in mental health counseling; Julie Pellerin, a senior majoring in individualized studies; Blanca Rodriguez, a senior majoring in integrative health care; and Hannah Varble a freshman majoring in event and meeting management.

These students were selected out of 1,230 American undergraduate students from 269 colleges and universities across the United States. Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs with additional funding available for the study of a critical language overseas.

The Gilman Scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and, since 2001, has enabled more than 25,000 Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study.

The late Congressman Gilman, for whom the scholarship is named, served in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee. When honored with the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal in 2002, he said, “Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but 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 Gilman Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education.

For more information on studying abroad, visit the Office of International Studies.