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TWU student using Gilman Scholarship to study in England


DENTON — As a little girl, Kristin Rhoden of Trenton dreamed of traveling the world.

This fall, the Texas Woman’s University sophomore is realizing her dream by traveling to England through TWU’s study abroad program.

Ms. Rhoden, a biology major, is using a $2,500 scholarship from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to spend the fall semester at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.

She learned of her award through email.

“I was too nervous to open (the email) at first,” she said. “When I did open it, I saw that it said ‘Congratulations’ and was so excited.”

Ms. Rhoden said she would not have been able to travel abroad without the scholarship.

“It has been a big financial help,” she said.

Ms. Rhoden decided to apply for the scholarship after learning about it through her honors classes at TWU. She will take core classes and British studies at Harlaxton, and has received advice from previous Harlaxton students about trips to take while overseas.

Ms. Rhoden, a 2012 graduate of Trenton High School, is the daughter of Allen Rhoden and the late Deanna Rhoden. She plans to become a neurosurgeon and one day conduct research.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers awards to undergraduates who might otherwise not participate in study abroad programs due to financial constraints. International study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State sponsors the program. For more information on the Gilman Scholarship, visit

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