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University of Georgia Announces Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Recipients

Athens, Ga. ­– The University of Georgia is pleased to announce that 11 undergraduate students have been awarded the highly competitive Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship to help fund their summer 2019 international education programs.

They are some of 395 students from 152 universities across the United States to receive this scholarship from the Summer Early Decision application cycle.

"Words can't explain how deeply honored I am to be chosen as a Gilman Scholar,” says Katera Powell, one of the University of Georgia’s Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship recipient. “As an International Affairs and Political Science major, this opportunity will enhance my ability to be a true global citizen and experience a culture outside of my own.”

The Gilman scholarship grants students up to $5000 to put towards studying or interning abroad. Their goal is to diversify and expand the number of students in America who are able to participate in study abroad programs.

 "Studying abroad always seemed out of reach, which is why I am eternally grateful to be a recipient of the Gilman International Scholarship,” says Omowunmi Oni, Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship recipient. “With the scholarship, I will be able to expand my cultural awareness and knowledge of health care systems in Bolivia, equipping me with excellent tools for my future career as a public health dentist.”

The program was administered through the Office of Global Engagement, which oversees and assists students with anything involving international education.

 “It’s incredibly rewarding to watch these students’ hard work pay off and see how excited they are when they find out they were chosen for the scholarship,” says Kaija Lazda, global education advisor for the Office of Global engagement. “The experiences that they’re going to have because of this are once in a lifetime, so I’m very grateful to Gilman for making that happen.”

The Summer Early Decision application recipients and their international education destinations are as follows:

  • Tatiana Anthony, Tanzania
  • Marion Cassim, China
  • Jodie Ehorn, Ghana
  • Crystal Gomez, Spain
  • Jocelyn Guzman-Corral, Peru
  • Samira Kanetkar, Ghana
  • Evette Martinez, Croatia
  • Obianuju Okeke, South Africa, Zimbabwe
  • Omowunmi Oni, Bolivia
  • Katera Powell, South Africa
  • Cecilia Turner, South Africa, Zimbabwe

About the Office of Global Engagement:

The Office of Global Engagement supports the University of Georgia's academic, research and outreach missions and strategic directions through the promotion of global learning experiences for students, the sponsorship and support of international students, scholars, faculty and staff, and the development of international research and instructional partnerships and collaborations. For more information, visit

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