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AUGSBURG STUDENT ABDULKADIR SHARIF AWARDED U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE’S GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY ABROAD!
The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that Abdulkadir Sharif from Augsburg University was selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad this Spring 2019. Abdul is a double major in Political Science and International Relations. He will be studying this spring on CGEE’s own semester program in Southern Africa: Nation Building, Globalization and Decolonizing the Mind.
This is actually the SECOND prestigious international scholarship Abdul has won this year – he was awarded the Boren Scholarship for this summer and fall. The Boren Scholarships are an initiative of the National Security Education Program and provide funding for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Abdul studied Swahili intensively at the University of Florida this summer and is continuing his language learning in Tanzania this semester.
Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program. The Gilman scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and, since 2001, has enabled more than 24,000 outstanding Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study. 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).
Since 2008, fifty five Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling $215,500.