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Glen Ellyn Resident Receives Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship

A University of Illinois at Chicago undergraduate from Glen Ellyn, Ill., has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship for a study abroad opportunity in Garborone, Botswana.

Osamah Hasan, a senior Honors College biological sciences major, and four other UIC students are among more than 500 undergraduates awarded Gilman scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $8,000 to apply toward program costs during the 2012 summer semester.

Since 2006, UIC students have received 59 Gilman scholarships totaling $244,000. Eligible students are those receiving federal Pell Grant funding and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. The program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they travel.

The latest UIC recipients represent the College of Applied Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Honors College.

The Gilman scholarship program is funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and is administered by the Institute of International Education's Southern Regional Center in Houston. It honors former U.S. Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman of New York, who chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee.

UIC ranks among the nation's leading research universities and is Chicago's largest university with 27,000 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state's major public medical center. A hallmark of the campus is the Great Cities Commitment, through which UIC faculty, students and staff engage with community, corporate, foundation and government partners in hundreds of programs to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world.

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