Quite often it's students from Trinidad and Tobago getting scholarships to study in the United States but four US students have been granted scholarships to study in Trinidad and Tobago over the summer period.
The four students are from the Albany State University, who have all been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.
- Asia Clemmons, a junior social work major;
- Tamia Hurst, a sophomore sociology major;
- Vivia Johnson, a senior psychology major;
and Nikesia Patrick, a sophomore psychology major.
Approximately 1,000 undergraduate students from 386 colleges and universities across the U.S. were selected to receive the national scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Gilman Scholars receive up to US$5,000 to apply toward study-abroad or internship program costs with additional funding available for the study of a critical language overseas.
The Gilman scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and, since 2001, has enabled more than 25,000 Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad.
It's not clear which tertiary institution the students will go for their studies.
The other four students will go to Belize, India and Japan.
The ASU Office of International Education coordinates a Gilman Scholarship workshop initiative with the ASU Writing Center and faculty program co-ordinators to create awareness about the scholarship.
According to OIE Director Nneka Nora Osakwe, the workshop inspires more students to apply for the scholarship each year. Since 2012, 48 ASU students have received the Gilman scholarship to study abroad.
“The Office of International Education coordinates study-abroad opportunities to destinations around the globe, including Belize, China, Dominican Republic, France, Jamaica, Japan, Trinidad and Tobago, Peru and Costa Rica,” Osakwe said.
ASU also collaborates with other universities through consortium programs and study-abroad agencies such as Education First and the Council on International Educational Exchange.