Four University of Wisconsin–Madison students are among 2,100 undergraduates from more than 500 colleges and universities across the U.S. awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad during the summer of 2023.
The Gilman Scholarship awards up to $5,000 to apply toward study abroad program costs. The program aims to diversify the population of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Students must also be a federal Pell Grant recipient to be eligible.
UW–Madison’s summer 2023 Gilman awardees:
- Sophia Levenson, a senior Global Health major, CFHI Global Health Internship in India
- Irayma Quintana, a senior pre-nursing major, UW Spanish Language in Costa Rica
- Skylar Rotter, a senior Marketing, Business Operations and Technology Management, and Supply Chain Management major, University College Dublin Internship, Ireland
- Bri Stehling, a senior Art major, International Internship Program in Oaxaca, Mexico
“Study abroad, internships and other international experiences provide so many tools for connection-building and cultural understanding,” said Barry Gerhart, interim vice provost and dean, UW–Madison International Division. “We are very pleased to have four outstanding undergraduate students participating in programs that foster these life skills and lessons this summer, thanks to the support of this grant.”
The Gilman Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
“International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries,” says Allan Goodman, IIE’s president and CEO. “It is critical to the success of American diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace.”