Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Contact: Ryan Warner, Study Abroad Advisor 304-696-2379

Marshall senior receives scholarship to study abroad

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Matthew Walker, a history and Japanese major at Marshall University from Charleston, W.Va., has been selected to receive a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to participate in a study abroad program during the spring 2013 academic term. He will study at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan, through Marshall’s bilateral exchange program.

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’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Institute of International Education (IIE) serves as the administrator of the program, which is headquartered in IIE's Houston, Texas, office. 

Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad program costs. 

Since the establishment of the Gilman program by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, more than 13,000 students nationwide have received this prestigious award. Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

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 in 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.”

A complete list of selected Gilman Scholarship recipients, including each student’s home state, university and country of study, is available at

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is the world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, the institute is among the world’s most experienced global higher education and professional exchange organizations. IIE has a network of 17 offices worldwide, working with more than 1,100 member institutions and more than 6,000 individuals with a commitment to the internationalization of their institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources. These programs include the Fulbright and Humphrey Fellowships administered for the U.S. Department of State. For more information, contact Michelle Dass Pickard, Executive Director, IIE-Houston, at 832-369-3505 or

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