Illinois among top producers of Giman Scholars to study abroad
Thirteen UI undergraduates were offered federally funded Gilman Scholarships to study abroad during the summer, fall and academic year 2011-12 terms, placing Illinois among the top five institutions nationally this year in number of Gilman recipients.
The scholarship provides financially needy students who are eligible for federal Pell Grants with scholarships of up to $5,000 to study abroad. Illinois recipients were among the 1,500 awardees nationally from the 5,100 applicants for these terms.
Most of the 13 students are studying abroad for a full year.
The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions to which they go. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education.
Karolina Wasiniewska, of Arlington Heights; Fahd Hussain, of Beach Park; Eda Xian, Suyun Cai, Marcin Michniowski and Ashley Doruelo, all of Chicago; Richard Dembinski, of Des Plaines; Sharon Lee, of Hoffman Estates; Dana Vattanavanitkul, of Morton Grove; Gina Chung, junior, of Palatine; Lindsey Stirek, of Riverside; Bianca Serrato, of Rolling Meadows; and Reese Hartmann, of Savanna.