Crofford Receives Gilman International Scholarship

BETHANY, OK (June 13, 2012) - SNU Senior Brad Crofford received the Gilman International Scholarship that allows him to intern for 10 weeks this summer in Benin.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

“As a SNU student who is studying politics, culture, and communication, this opportunity lies at the intersection of my interests. Even in my short time here, it is proving to be a great chance to learn about the State Department, engage with Beninese culture, and improve my French. In many ways, this summer is providing a chance to apply in a real-world setting what I have learned about politics and culture in a classroom setting,” said Crofford.

Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare. Crofford was one of 2,600 applicants for the 500 awards given out in Summer 2012.

“Dr. Don Dunnington and other faculty and staff on campus were supportive of this effort and were invaluable as I put together my application. There has been a lot of paperwork already, and there will be more after the summer as I conduct a Follow-Up Project to raise awareness about the scholarship, but it has overall been a rewarding experience and a true blessing,” stated Crofford.

This congressionally funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education through its office in Houston, TX.

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