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Brandi Zlatkind announced as recipient of Gilman Award


March 4, 2016


Brandi Zlatkind is the recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Shawnee State University student Brandi Zlatkind has been announced as recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

The Gilman Scholarship offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students the means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. The award is funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs that include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.

The scholarship will help aid Zlatkind in her pursuit to study in Tanzania, Africa through SSU’s consortium membership with Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS)

Zlatkind is a junior pursuing a degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at SSU.

“Winning the Gilman Scholarship means a chance of a lifetime for me,” said Zlatkind. “I can now reach one of my life goals that I probably wouldn’t be able to accomplish otherwise and I’m eternally grateful for this opportunity.”

The international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

“To have an SSU student selected as the recipient of the Gilman scholarship is a huge honor for the university and community,” said Ryan Warner, Director of the Center for International Programs and Activities. “Through KIIS and her Gilman Scholarship, I am confident that Brandi is making an immediate impact on the student body at SSU and is enhancing her college academic experience. I can only hope that more students like Brandi will join a KIIS program for the Summer 2017 program.”

KIIS offers 26 four-week Summer Study Abroad Programs in 23 different countries. This program meets the needs of students who can only afford to study abroad on a short-term program during a summer semester. Students can use their financial aid towards the program and will also take 6 credit hours of course work from Western Kentucky University. For more information about the KIIS programs, please visit http://www.kiis.org.

Currently, SSU has six students enrolled in the Summer 2016 program who will be studying in Africa, China, Costa Rica, Germany and Italy.

For more information about study abroad programs available at SSU, please contact Ryan Warner at (740) 351-3127 or by e-mail at rwarner@shawnee.edu.


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