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SF State is second in nation for overseas scholarships

June 22, 2010 -- Twenty-five students are going overseas this fall with support of the Gilman International Scholarships. SF State is second in the nation for the number of scholarships awarded for the fall semester this year.

A photo of Shaylona Wheeler

Shaylonoa Wheeler is one of 25 SF State students taking their studies overseas this fall.

Scholarships of $5,000, $3,000 and $1,500 will be applied toward students' fall semester work in Asian, European and African countries, as well as Australia. The awards, based on need and merit, help defray the costs of studying abroad for students of limited means and diverse backgrounds.

Liberal studies undergraduate Shaylona Wheeler is looking forward to attending the University of Ghana next semester. She expects that classes in political science and human rights, history of Islam and Christianity, and the Asante Twi language will serve her plans to become a college professor of African and African American history.  She also plans to volunteer for the youth ministry in a Ghana church to fulfill requirements for a community service learning course.

Applicants were required to outline a project in which they would inspire other students to study abroad once they returned to the U.S. Wheeler plans to offer a workshop to show first-generation, low-income students the benefits of studying abroad.

The other SF State scholarship recipients are: Lorenzo Feher and Latoya Hall for study in the United Kingdom; Samuel Ferrati, Raul Garcia, Linda Nguyen, Bethany Pozzi-Johnson and Ecaterina Verbitchi, for study in France; Win Chen, Tad Ochwat, Elizabeth Frankel and Ace Wiseman for study in the Netherlands; Bruce Huynh, Tamara Okyere and Kayla Mulholland for study in Italy; Jennifer Leddy and Angela Raiford for study in Germany; Patricia Llames for study in Chile; Peter Mai for study in Hong Kong; Caesar Trejos for study in Australia; and Christina Zhukovsky for study in Sweden.

Established in 2000, the Gilman Scholarship Program provides awards for undergraduate study abroad to students receiving federal Pell Grants.  Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, the scholarships help foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

-- Denize Springer


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