Mengesha receives Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad

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2012-12-07 13:06:18 - General

Coe junior Yafet Mengesha has been awarded a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad during the 2013 spring term. He is the first student in Coe history to receive this competitive national award, which will provide him with $5,000 in financial support.

Mengesha, who majors in business administration and Asian studies at Coe, will spend next semester studying at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. He is "ecstatic" about the learning experience offered by this opportunity. During the application process, Mengesha received guidance from Foreign Language Professor John Chaimov, who also coordinates Coe's study abroad programs.

A native of Eritrea whose family now lives in Denver, Colo., Mengesha is the son of Rahel Tsegaye.

Nationally, more than 1,000 outstanding undergraduate students from nearly 400 colleges and universities across the U.S. were offered the Gilman International Scholarship to participate in a study abroad program during the spring term.

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in Houston.

Since the establishment of the Gilman International Scholarship Program by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, over 13,000 students nationwide have received this coveted award. The scholarship is named after Congressman Benjamin Gilman of New York, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee.

Recipients of the scholarship have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies - making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector. According to IIE President Allan Goodman, "International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries. It is critical to the success of American diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace."