Jackson State student awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship


Jackson State senior Chemistry major, Antoinette Liles has been awarded a $2,500 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study in Costa Rica. Liles, one of 2,900 applicants for the scholarship, was one of 850 national recipients.

“I’m very excited,” said Liles, who admitted that she “did a happy dance” when she learned of her award.  “I’m excited to study dance, Spanish, cooking and culture while in Costa Rica.”

The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

 Five Jackson State students have received the Gilman Scholarship over the last five years.

“I am so proud of Ms. Liles,” said Yolanda Davis, study abroad coordinator in the JSU Division of International Studies.  “I know she will have fun and learn a lot while in Costa Rica.”

Liles, an aspiring dentist from Saginaw, Mich., will depart for Costa Rica on Jan. 22 and will return on April 23. The Summer/Fall application deadline for the Gilman scholarship will be March 1.  Any interested students should contact Yolanda Davis at 601-979-1609.

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