This year's recipients of the of the 2013 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Award at UGA will be studying in Morocco, Japan and Australia.
Regy Perlera, a junior Cognitive Science major from Athens, Ga., will be studying at the UGA - University of Sydney Exchange Program in Australia, for fall 2013. Teman Worku, a junior pre-Journalism/digital broadcast major from Lilburn, Ga., will be studying at the International Studies Abroad Language, Culture and Society Program, at the Moulay Ismail University, in Morocco, for fall 2013. Tsion Wright, a Japanese Language and Literature major from Decatur, Ga. will be studying at the UGA - Waseda University Exchange Program in Japan, for the academic year of 2013-2014.

 “The Gilman scholarship is a prestigious and highly competitive national scholarship, so it’s a real honor for UGA to have several recipients consistently each year,” said OIE Director of Education Abroad Dr. Kasee Laster. “Congratulations are in order to these students for their strong applications and their exciting choices of study abroad programs.” 

"I am very excited to be in Sydney, Australia this semester. I've gotten a chance to experience cultures from all around the world and meet like-minded people with similar interests. Over the next few months I'll also be working with the Tech-Startup scene here in Sydney, hoping to build connections all the way over on this side of the world." Regy Perlera.

“My passion to see the world and experience life through other people’s eyes is fueled by my belief that all humans are together in the journey of life. This passion is the driving force behind my love for journalism and storytelling. I knew when entering college that I wanted to expand on my love for exploring the world and gain educational experience. I found the ISA Meknes, Morocco program through the help of my study abroad advisor and decided within a week it was the program for me! “Why Morocco?” you may ask. Morocco is a region of diverse cultures with its close proximity to Europe and Arab and African influence. As an aspiring international journalist, learning and living in such region will be beneficial to my understanding of the world and its people. I will be entering the program with no expectations, only a hunger to learn and absorb all I can in the time I am there. I am more than thankful to have been chosen as a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholar to study abroad and follow my dreams. With the support of my family, friends and university, I am sure this will be a time of my life I will never forget!” Teman Worku.

“As a Japanese major it is important for me to have an advance understanding of the language and the culture of Japan. This is why I chose to study abroad! I want to study through Waseda's Japanese Language Program because it is an intensive language learning program. Through this program I will be able to strengthen my language skills, which is my goal while abroad. I also hope to learn even more about the culture.” Tsion Wright 

Undergraduate students who will study abroad for Spring 2014 can apply for Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship this August, when the spring 2014 application cycle starts. The online application deadline for Spring semester applicants students is October 1, 2013.  The Summer and Fall 2014 student application deadline is March 4, 2014.
Please contact Colleen Larson ( or another Education Abroad Advisor in the Office of International Education for more information about the Gilman or other study abroad scholarships.  Applicants are encouraged to work with an Education Abroad Advisor prior to finalizing their Gilman application online, as advisors can often provide feedback on the required essays.  
To learn more about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, please visit: