Three Southwestern students have been awarded Benjamin Gilman International Scholarships for the spring 2011 semester. The scholarships, which are highly competitive, enable U.S. undergraduate students with financial need to pursue academic studies abroad.

Joseph Hillman, a junior international studies major with a focus on East Asian art history, received $3,500 to study in China.

Daisy Mateus, a junior Latin American studies major, received $4,000 to study in Spain.

Adriana Saad, a junior international studies and Spanish double major, received $4,500 to study in Ecuador.

The Gilman International Scholarship program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. It is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Students are encouraged to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, particularly areas outside of Western Europe and Australia.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of an application plus a proposal for a “follow on project” that will be completed after they return from study abroad.

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