GPC Students Awarded Study Abroad Scholarships

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Three Georgia Perimeter College students are among 500 students nationwide to receive a Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship for Study Abroad. The trio was selected from more than 2,600 scholarship applicants from across the United States.

Kristi O’Neal, Clarence Williams and Keith Hunt received a total of $11,000 in scholarships for study abroad trips this summer. This is the first time GPC students have won this award, says Adrienne Langston, study abroad advisor at GPC’s Center for International Education .

All three students came to GPC as nontraditional students, after taking time to raise their family and work.

Hunt, a history major on Dunwoody Campus, will focus on courses in religious studies and Spanish while in Madrid, while Clarkston Campus student O’Neal will study art history in that country. Both leave for their trips July 1.

“I’m 36 years old, and after a very long break, I’m now in college,” Hunt says. “I love it here—I’ve learned a ton, and GPC is very diverse, which I like.” Hunt received $4,500 for his study abroad experience.

O’Neal, who received a $1,500 Gilman scholarship, shared a fun side project: she plans to post a blog about her study abroad experience from the perspective of her stuffed animal called “vampire panda." She will present an art exhibit on Clarkston campus when she returns from her trip.

Williams, an art major on Decatur Campus, dreams of one day becoming a museum curator. He received $5,000 from the Gilman scholarship, and will study art appreciation and drawing in the country famous for its ancient art—Greece. His study abroad trip began May 18 and continues for five weeks.

According it its website, “The Gilman scholarship aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities. The program seeks to assist students from a diverse range and type of public and private institutions from all 50 states.”

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