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Student James Dorsey Awarded Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad

Published August 15, 2017


The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that Nazareth College student James Dorsey is one of nearly 1,000 American undergraduate students from 386 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the 2017-2018 academic year. Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. Dorsey also received additional funding for the study of a critical language overseas. Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad in a country in which the language is predominantly spoken are considered for the Critical Need Language Award, for a total award of up to $8,000. This award is competitive and offered to a limited number of Gilman scholars each year.

Dorsey is planning to study Chinese at the Shandong University in Jinan, China, beginning this fall. "Without the generosity of the Gilman Scholarship Program, studying abroad would have been impossible for me,” said Dorsey. “I’d like to thank Kathy Hansen, Erika Hess, Professor Zhansui Yu, and anyone else at Nazareth that helped me during this process."  

The Gilman scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and, since 2001, has enabled more than 24,000 outstanding 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 commented, “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 (IIE). The complete list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships this term, including students’ home state, university and host country, is available on the website:



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