Mann awarded Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2016-08-18 14:08:27 - General

Edward Mann

Edward Mann

Coe junior Edward Mann has been awarded a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad during the 2016-17 school year. Mann is the third student in Coe history to receive the award, which will provide him with $2,000 in academic support.

Mann 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, Mann is pursuing a major in Asian studies. For the fall term, he will study at Nagoya Gakuin University in Nagoya, Japan. During the application process, Mann received guidance from Foreign Language Professor John Chaimov, who also coordinates Coe’s study abroad programs.

"I'm really grateful that I’m getting the chance to study in Japan for a whole semester," said Mann. "I imagine I'm going to learn a great deal not only about Japanese culture, but also a lot about myself. I've been told that this experience will challenge me and encourage professional and personal growth, and I'm ready for that."

At Coe, Mann is very active in the Tae Kwon Do Club. Originally from Connecticut, he is the son of Tamara Jones and grandson of Ellsworth and Cheryl Jones.

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.

Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe's vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.