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Patrice Edwards Awarded Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad

Published August 14, 2018

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that Patrice Edwards of Nazareth College is selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the fall of 2018 or the 2018-2019 academic year.  Edwards is studying in Berlin this fall as part of the Nazareth-sponsored study abroad program. She is one of 835 American undergraduate students from 310 colleges and universities across the United States chosen for the honor.

Edwards is a junior business administration major with a minor in legal studies. While in Berlin, she plans on taking language requirements to add a German minor to her Nazareth degree.  She’ll also complete an internship while abroad, perhaps at a law firm. “The rest of the time I will be learning about the culture and becoming one with Germany,” said Edwards. She’s no stranger to study abroad opportunities at Nazareth. She participated in the Nazareth-sponsored Chinese History and Cultural Perspectives program in China this past May.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards 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 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).


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