Four UAB students take summer studies abroad through Gilman Scholarship

School of Public Health

Four University of Alabama at Birmingham students are among 1,200 undergraduate students from 354 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Kenneth Davis, Jane Murphy, Laia-Rose Hudson, and Stevenson Craig.

The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program aims to make study abroad experiences accessible to a more diverse population of students and to encourage students to choose less traditional study abroad destinations. It also gives students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies — making them better prepared to assume leadership roles in government and the private sector.

Students are selected for the Gilman Scholarship through a highly competitive application process. The program receives more than 10,000 applications each year and awards about 2,500 scholarships. Gilman scholars are awarded up to $5,000 toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to support students who traditionally have been underrepresented in education abroad, including, but not limited to, students with high financial need, first-generation college students, students in STEM fields, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities.

The program aims to make study abroad experiences accessible to a more diverse population of students and to encourage students to choose less traditional study abroad destinations.

Jane Murphy, a senior foreign languages major with a concentration in French, is also studying abroad in France. In addition to her French major, she is pursuing a Fast Track Master of Public Health degree from the UAB School of Public Health. Murphy is capturing her experience through a video blog as part of her service project for the scholarship. Follow her study abroad experience here.