Larios receives prestigious international scholarship
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MARTIN, Tenn. – Kimberly Larios, of Paris, recently received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to help finance a summer studying abroad in Toledo, Spain.
Larios, a senior at the University of Tennessee at Martin, is one of approximately 1,200 American undergraduate students from 354 colleges and universities nationwide to receive a Gilman scholarship this year, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of State. She is the first UT Martin student to receive this award to study Spanish and plans to graduate this fall with bachelor’s degrees in both international studies and sociology.
Gilman scholarship recipients are awarded up to $5,000 toward the cost of a study abroad or internship program in order to gain the skills needed to assume leadership roles within the government and private sectors. More than 22,000 Gilman scholarships have been awarded to help undergraduate students participate in study abroad programs and internships around the world since the program’s inception in 2001.
The award is named for the late Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years and chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee.
“Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor rather than a spectator in the international community,” said Gilman after accepting the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal in 2002.
Dr. Daniel Nappo, UT Martin professor of Spanish, is the university’s Gilman adviser and assists qualified UT Martin students through the Gilman application process each year. He also coordinates the university’s study abroad program in Toledo, Spain.
For more information about the Gilman scholarship, study abroad opportunities or the UT Martin foreign language program in Spanish, contact Nappo at 731-881-7428 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested candidates can also visit gilmanscholarship.org for more details.