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Contact: LeAnn Adam, OSU Coordinator for National and Global Scholarships Advising, [email protected]

June 7, 2021

CORVALLIS, Ore. - National and Global Scholarships Advising at Oregon State University is pleased to announce that five OSU students are among the American undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the 2021-22 academic year.  The complete list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships, including students’ home state, university and host country, is available on the website. The Congressionally funded Gilman Program broadens the U.S. student population studying and interning abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduate Pell Grant recipients who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise study abroad.  Since the program’s establishment in 2001, over 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent more than 31,000 Gilman scholars who represent the rich diversity of the United States to 151 countries around the globe.

The following students from Oregon State University have been awarded a Gilman scholarship:*

Christa Shipman, junior in Kinesiology for a Multiculturalism & Human Rights program in Morocco 

Roberto Lizarragas, junior in Kinesiology for a study abroad program in Finland 

Tiffany Navas, junior in Kinesiology for a study abroad program in South Korea

Kamen Schaefle, sophomore in Mechanical Engineering for a study abroad program in Spain

Maria Arellano, junior in Biology for a health-rotation internship  in Ecuador

*Recipients will be permitted to travel to countries with a Level 1 or Level 2 State Department Travel Advisories and all others will be offered the option to defer.  Please visit the Gilman website for more information on the scholarship’s Travel Advisory Policy.  

In addition, one undergraduate student from Oregon State University was awarded the Freeman-ASIA Scholarship for study abroad. The Freeman-Asia Scholarship is a nationally competitive scholarship for U.S. undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

The following student from Oregon State University has been awarded a Freeman-ASIA Scholarship:

Rebekah Rocak, sophomore in Ethnic Studies for a study abroad program in South Korea 

These students were awarded scholarships representing a combined total of $27,500 for summer 2021, fall 2021, spring 2022, and academic year 2021-2022 programs. 

The Gilman Program aims to make study abroad, and its career advantages, more accessible and inclusive for American students.  The program particularly focuses on supporting first-generation college students, students in the STEM fields, ethnic and racial minority students, students with disabilities, students who are veterans, students attending community colleges and minority serving institutions, and other populations underrepresented in study abroad, as well as broadening the destinations where scholars study or intern. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gilman Program has offered expanded options to scholars, including allowing them to use the scholarship for virtual international study and internship programs. 

The Gilman Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  Oregon State University students who wish to apply may seek advising and support from the National and Global Scholarships Advising Office https://topscholars.oregonstate.edu/. For more information, please contact LeAnn Adam, OSU National and Global Scholarships Advising Coordinator [email protected]

Freeman-ASIA is sponsored by the Freeman Foundation, a private foundation with offices in Honolulu, HI. The Freeman Foundation's major objectives include strengthening the bonds of friendship between the United States and countries of East Asia. Through education and educational institutes, the Foundation hopes to develop a greater appreciation of Asian cultures, histories, and economies in the United States and a better understanding of the American people and of American institutions and purposes by the peoples of East Asia. For more information, please contact LeAnn Adam, OSU National and Global Scholarships Advising Coordinator [email protected]

About Oregon State University: As one of only two land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the nation, Oregon State serves Oregon and the world by working on today’s most pressing issues. Our more than 33,000 students come from across the globe, and our programs operate in every Oregon county. Oregon State receives more research funding than all of the state’s comprehensive public universities combined. At our campuses in Corvallis and Bend, marine research center in Newport and award-winning Ecampus, we excel at shaping today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.