Gilman International Scholars

Christena Weatherspoon received the Gilman International Scholarship. She is a YSU Student Success Story.

Christena Weatherspoon

Three YSU students were selected into the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program and will receive awards to study abroad next semester.

Anthony Latour, majoring in political science and minoring in international relations, received a $3,500 award to study at the University of Winchester, England. Lorene Swartz, Spanish major, will be studying at the Universidad de Vina del Mar in Costa Rica through ASA on a $4,500 award. And Jessica Valsi, a journalism major with a minor in religious studies, will travel to YSU’s exchange program at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey, with a $4,500 award.

This is the first time that all YSU applicants have been successful during a single application cycle.

One other YSU student recently finished her international experience as a Gilman Scholar. Christena Weatherspoon of Struthers (left), a geography major who has a minor in American government, received the exclusive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad last spring.

Weatherspoon, who attended The Rayen School in Youngstown before graduating from Struthers High School, used the scholarship to study at Christ College in Bangalore, India, during the spring 2010 semester.

Gilman is a competitive scholarship program that offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the congressionally–funded scholarship program is administered by the Institute of International Education. Since the inception of the scholarship in 2001, nearly 19,000 applications have been received and fewer than 5,000 scholarships have been awarded. The Program received nearly 2,900 applications for over 850 awards during the spring 2011 application cycle alone.