Jones awarded Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad

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2016-07-28 10:37:49 - General

Jeanette Jones
Jeanette Jones

Coe junior Jeanette Jones has been awarded a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad during the 2016-17 school year. Jones is the second student in Coe history to receive the award, which will provide her with $5,000 in academic support.

Jones is one of more than 850 American undergraduate students from 324 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the award. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

At Coe, Jones is pursuing a major in international business with a minor in Asian studies. In the upcoming academic year, she will study at Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul, South Korea. During the application process, Jones received guidance from Foreign Language Professor John Chaimov, who also coordinates Coe's study abroad programs.

"This process has been challenging for me, but I never let my circumstances keep me from pursuing my goal," said Jones. "I've been really committed to earning this award, and my high level of motivation has helped me to get through the journey of the challenging application process. Now that I’ve received this honor, I'm excited for the opportunity, and I will make the best out of this experience."

At Coe, Jones is involved in Children of Promise and Coe Cohort Mentors, and she is a member of International Club. Originally from Chicago, Jones is the daughter of Richaun Jones and Donlee Thomas.

The previous Gilman recipient from Coe was Yafet Mengesha, who also studied at Sookmyung Women's University during the 2013 spring term.

Gilman scholars receive awards to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients 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.

The program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). According IIE President and CEO 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."

Since the establishment of the Gilman International Scholarship Program by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, more than 20,000 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.

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