Carly Tolle, class of 2015 biology major, is one of five Valpo students honored this year by the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Carly’s award allowed her to study in spring 2014 at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, taking courses in biology, English, and film. 

Since 2009, 13 Valpo students have received this award.

“It’s a remarkable achievement for our students to be nationally recognized by the Benjamin A. Gilman International Program, which invested significant funding toward their education abroad,” said Julie Maddox, director of Study Abroad programs. “Five recipients is a high number in one application cycle and says a lot about the drive and ambition of our students.

“I’m thrilled for them, because I know this funding helps make possible a life-changing experience for their personal development, their academic pursuits, and their future careers.”

Sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the students who study abroad and the countries and regions in which they study. While some students — such as engineering majors or student-athletes — may not believe study abroad fits into their rigorous schedule, programs like the Gilman Scholarship help make this possible.

“International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries,” said Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education, which administers the Gilman Scholarship Program.

Gilman Scholars have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies — better equipping them to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

Carly believes that studying while immersed in a new culture will allow her to see familiar material in a different light and help her to grow as an individual. Upon graduation, Tolle plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in forensics.

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