The program is sponsored by the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State
June 15, 2021
Mankato, Minnesota – Three undergraduates from Minnesota State University, Mankato will study abroad during the academic year after recently receiving the Benjamin A. Gilman International Fellowship, sponsored by the Department’s Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs. of American state.
Minnesota State Mankato students are among more than 1,500 U.S. undergraduates from 467 colleges and universities who have received the scholarship to study or intern abroad in 96 countries through the end of 2022.
The three State of Minnesota students at Mankato who will be studying or doing an internship abroad in the next academic year include Emmah Mardaüs, Megan schmidt and Morgan rud. A fourth Minnesota State Mankato student, Grace Gagnon, also received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Fellowship, but she chose not to study or intern abroad under this scholarship program.
Mardaus (pictured right), a junior economics student from Stillwater, Minnesota, and a 2019 graduate of White Bear Lake High School – South Campus, will be spending the 2021-22 academic year as an exchange student at the Seoul University.
“I will be going to Seoul, South Korea for the 2021-2022 school year to build a stronger connection to my heritage, while prioritizing my education,” Mardaus wrote. “Receiving the Gilman scholarship relieved a lot of my financial stress. So, during my stay in Korea, I can fully experience studying abroad without financial stress. “
Schmidt, a junior who plans to major in anthropology and Scandinavian studies, is originally from Brainerd, Minnesota, and graduated in 2011 from Brainerd High School. Schmidt will spend the 2021-22 academic year as an exchange student at Umeå University in Umeå, Sweden.
“The Gilman Scholarship provides an incredible opportunity to experience a new culture and grow through the education provided by the exchange program,” Schmidt wrote. “I chose Umeå University as an exchange program because it offers the perfect mix of education for my two specializations, anthropology and Scandinavian studies. Studying in Sweden will give me the exposure I need to specialize in Swedish culture, learn the language and become a more knowledgeable cultural anthropologist.
Rud (pictured right), a junior pre-dental major, is from Mondovi, Wisconsin, and graduated in 2019 from Mondovi High School. Rud will be spending the spring semester 2022 in Khon Kaen, Thailand, as part of the University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC).
“The Gilman scholarship means a lot to me, not only financially, but it will allow me to pursue many other opportunities abroad,” Rud wrote. “I decided to participate in the USAC program in Thailand because it matches my main venue and course interests. I particularly like Thai food, but also the people, the culture and the traditions. To top it off, the courses taught seem so interesting to me, and will count towards my majors.
the Benjamin A. Gilman International Fellowship Program, according to its website, “enables students with limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills essential to our national security and economic prosperity.”
The program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The full list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman scholarships, including the students’ home state, university, and host country, is available on his website.
Minnesota State Mankato has had 15 Gilman Fellows since 2013.
More information on overseas education opportunities is available from the State of Minnesota Mankato Center for Global Engagement, and those interested in additional information may contact Anna Ochs, Deputy Director, by mail. electronically at [email protected] or by phone at 507-389-1341.
Further information on scholarship opportunities is available from the Minnesota State Mankato Scholarship Office. Those interested in additional information can contact Kristen Cvancara, Director, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 507-389-5191.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,604 students, is part of the Minnesota state system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.