4 students earn Gilman Scholarships to study abroad

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Four UNL students have earned a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad. The four winners are Sarah Anthony and Irina Sulejmanovic of Lincoln, Hans Christensen of Johnson and Michaela Wolf of Omaha.

Anthony is a senior majoring in music with minors in math and Spanish. She received a $4,500 scholarship to study at the National University of Ireland in Galway during the spring semester. Her studies in Ireland will focus on the acoustics of music, electronic music composition and sound synthesis.

Christensen is a junior majoring in marketing and finance. He received a $3,500 scholarship to study at the University of Cape Town in South Africa during the spring semester.

Sulejmanovic is a junior majoring in mass communications/advertising and German. She will use a $4,000 scholarship to go with 10 other UNL students to a language institute in Berlin this spring through UNL's Deutsch in Deutschland program. Originally from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sulejmanovic left her home county at age 3 to live in Germany with her parents, and eventually immigrated to the United States at age 9.

Wolf is a senior environmental studies major with a biological focus. She will use a $3,500 scholarship to study at the Anglo-American University in Prague, Czech Republic, for a semester.

The four winners were among 13 UNL students who applied for the Gilman scholarships this year, both figures high-water marks for UNL.

"The rate of UNL students winning Gilman Scholarships demonstrates a commitment to linking students with existing opportunities. It also reveals the diversity and scholarly interests of UNL," said Christa Joy, director of the Study Abroad Program in UNL's Office of International Affairs. "Our office is committed to making study abroad accessible to all students by helping students find programs that fit and resources that help."

The Gilman International Scholarship is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Services of the U.S. Department of State, and is administered by the Institute of International Education. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program.

- Susan Burton, International Affairs