Bates earns Gilman International Scholarship

Sam Bates in Namibia
Sam Bates in Namibia

Sam Bates, Fisheries and Wildlife major, earns the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship ( to support his study abroad trip to Namibia.

The Gilman is a nationally competitive scholarship awarded twice a year by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education. Students may apply several months in advance of their program, allowing them to finalize their education abroad plans with the reassurance of funding.

The scholarship provides funding for education abroad programs to undergraduate Pell Grant recipients who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The Gilman program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries and to study languages — especially critical need languages.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward program costs and may receive up to an additional $3,000 to study a critical language.

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