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TWU Student Awarded Gilman Scholarship


DENTON — Elayne Edmonson of Dallas recently became the first Texas Woman’s University student to be awarded a scholarship from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. The TWU junior will use the $5,000 award to study at La Salle University Campus Barcelona in Spain during the 2004 academic year.

Edmonson originally wanted to study in Italy, where she has family, but a visit with another TWU student who is studying in Spain changed all that.

“I just fell in love with the environment, the culture … everything,” she said.

Edmonson applied for an International Education Fee Scholarship, but was ineligible an award because the La Salle University Campus Barcelona is not a TWU study abroad partner. She did, however, qualify for the Gilman scholarship program, which provides funds for undergraduate study abroad.

Dr. Remigus Ihekwaba, director of the TWU International Education Office, said Edmonson’s award demonstrates that money and scholarships are available for students who investigate and persist.

“All they have to do is come to the International Education Office or go to our website,” he said.

Edmonson, whose major is business with an emphasis in human resources, said she would like to earn a master of business administration degree and work in international consulting in the human resources field.

The Gilman International Scholarship is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Services of the U.S. Department of State, and is administered by the Institute of International Education.


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