December 14, 2009
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
University student receives prestigious Gilman Scholarship
Shawnee State University student Jonathan Phillips, of New
Boston, has received a $4,000 Benjamin A. Gilman
International Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State,
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute
of International Education.
The Gilman Scholarship program received 2,050 applications
for 850 awards and Phillips was one of the 850 to receive an
award. He will be going to Morocco to study during Spring
Semester as an exchange student.
The program provides scholarships to students who study
abroad, including students from diverse backgrounds and
students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations.
The scholarship will pay for fees, tuition, room and board,
airfare, books, local transportation and insurance.
To qualify for the scholarship, Phillips had to write an
essay on why he wants to study abroad and why he chose the
program and the country, among other things. In his essay,
he talked about how he started college pursuing a business
degree right after high school and dropped out. After three
and a half years, he returned to the university with the
realization that he could study a subject that he was
passionate about – history.
“I came to school the first time just wanting to get it over
with and the second time, I was genuinely excited about
pursuing a degree in history,” Phillips said. “I realized
the first step in setting successful career goals is
following your passions, what you have an affinity toward,
and what can inspire you to generate the determination and
effort required to achieve a degree.”
He will be in Ifrane, Morocco at Al Akhawayn University.
When he returns to Portsmouth, he plans to exhibit photos
and present a program about his study abroad experience to
middle school students.