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UGA's 2017 Gilman Scholarship Recipients

Monday, June 5, 2017

Sixteen University of Georgia students receive summer-term Gilman Scholarships

Athens, Ga. – Sixteen University of Georgia undergraduate students have been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for summer-term studies or internships abroad, and three were named as alternates. UGA is tied for sixth place nationally among summer-term Gilman-producing institutions, and approximately 30 percent of applicants from UGA were awarded the scholarship. UGA consistently ranks high among U.S. institutions for the number of students receiving summer-term Gilman scholarships.

"The Gilman scholarship is allowing me to study abroad without having to worry about taking out loans to cover the expenses. As a first generation college student, I never expected that I would have the opportunity to study abroad, or if I did, I never expected to be able to afford it. The Gilman scholarship has put many of my fears to rest, and I am so blessed to have received it," says Haley Higingbotham, a student majoring in Classical culture and history who will participate in the UGA Classics in Rome program. 

Clifvonne Webb, a rising senior biology major who will participate in the Medical Maymester in Peru program, says, "the Gilman scholarship made studying abroad financially feasible for me. I have been dreaming about traveling to Peru through UGA's Medical Maymester since I found out about it my freshman year. ... Studying abroad can be such an enriching life experience. However, funding one, in addition to having to take time off work, is very stressful. I am really grateful and honored that these scholarship programs are supporting my endeavors, and cannot wait to see what memories I make in Peru this summer!"

The Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is a nationally competitive, need-based scholarship that aims to diversify the students who study abroad and the countries and regions to which they travel. Gilman Scholars receive $2,000-5,000 each, and students are encouraged to choose nontraditional study abroad destinations such as Tanzania, Peru, Russia and Thailand.

Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies, making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector. These UGA students were selected during both the early decision and standard application cycles.

"As the Gilman Scholarship becomes more competitive each year, we're proud that a significant number of UGA students continue to be selected for this prestigious award," said Jacklyn Fisher, an education abroad adviser in the Office of International Education. "I congratulate these students for this outstanding accomplishment and wish them well as they prepare to embark on their study abroad programs."

The summer-term winners, their hometowns (in Georgia unless otherwise specified), and their selected programs are:

  • Chloe Hamby, Douglasville – GLOBIS Verona Maymester
  • Haley Higingbotham, Ellijay – UGA Classics in Rome
  • Ngeya (Agi) Jallow, Villa Rica – UGA Cortona, Italy Studies Abroad
  • Jocelyn James. Macon – UGA at Oxford, Grady Summer Program
  • Mary Craig Lindgren, Atlanta – UGA at Oxford, Franklin Summer Program
  • Zoe Macfoy, Decatur – UGA en España, Peru Medical Spanish
  • Charlene Marsh, Norcross – GLOBIS Verona Maymester
  • Krishna Patel, Waycross – Friends for Asia, Thailand Medical Internship
  • Katherine (Katie) Russell, Moultrie – UGA Franklin, Freiburg Study Abroad
  • Kaneisha Smith, Rome – UGA Franklin, Service-Learning in Tanzania
  • Autumn Stevens – UGA en España, Cadiz
  • Alexandria Talley, Otterberg, Germany – CAES International Agriculture Internship in Thailand
  • Addie Tucker, Carnesville – CAES International Agriculture Internship in Ecuador
  • Bryan Tucker – CAES International Agriculture Internship in Ecuador
  • Jennifer Watkins, Marietta – American Councils: Politics & Public Diplomacy in Contemporary Russia
  • Yvonne (Clifvonne) Webb, McDonough – UGA en España, Peru Medical Spanish

UGA students also received Gilman Scholarships for the fall and spring terms in the 2016-17 academic year. Those recipients and destination countries are:

  • Hyeong Jin Park, South Korea (Fall 2016)
  • Alex Singley, Japan (Fall 2016)
  • Dallas Hayes, Japan (Spring 2017)

The program is administered by the Institute of International Education. The list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships, including students’ home state, university and host country, is available on their website:

About the Office of International Education
The Office of International Education supports the University of Georgia's academic, research and outreach missions and strategic directions through the promotion of global learning experiences for students, the sponsorship and support of international students, scholars, faculty and staff, and the development of international research and instructional partnerships and collaborations. For more information, visit


Writer: Sue Myers Smith, 706-542-4208, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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