Carroll University animal behavior major, Devin Sikora, has been selected to receive the esteemed Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The highly competitive Gilman Scholarship offers undergraduates of limited financial means an opportunity to study abroad and enrich their education.
Sikora will be studying at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana. “Winning the Gilman Scholarship is an honor” said Sikora. “By studying abroad in Botswana, I will be able to further my own learning and personal growth while living in an amazing country.”
Sikora, who is also minoring in sociology of sustainability
and natural resource management
, shared that “While abroad, I plan on taking several environmental science courses that are unique to the University of Botswana, in addition to a course in Setswana, the national language of Botswana.”
Carroll University was ranked in the top five for study abroad participation in 2018 >
“I look forward to becoming more culturally aware. Studying abroad will help me with my future career goals and give me invaluable experiences.”
Gilman Scholarship applicants are reviewed based on the following criteria:
- Academic preparedness and impact on student’s academic and career trajectory.
- Diversity of background and experience.
- Choice of program and destination.
- Impact to community.
- Critical need language award.
Since 2001, the Gilman scholarship has enabled more than 25,000 outstanding Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study. The scholarship is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education.