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Massey Earns Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad


JONESBORO – Hannah Massey, a junior electrical engineering major at Arkansas State University, has been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad. She is an Honors College student, and she was also awarded an Honors Experience Grant of $2,000 for her upcoming study abroad.

Massey, from Walnut Ridge, will study at Ulster University of Northern Ireland in the spring of 2017. Following graduation from A-State, she plans to pursue a master’s degree and PhD in electrical engineering and hopes to work in the power industry.

She is one of over 850 American undergraduate students from 359 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the spring 2017 term.

“I enjoyed working with Hannah, and I'm so proud of her for being open to the life-changing experience she's going to gain while studying in Northern Ireland,” said Jennifer Salo, special projects coordinator of the Honors College. “She's a great example of a student who is eager not only to excel in the classroom but also to take advantage of all these great resources and opportunities that A-State students can experience during their time here. 

“Hannah and our other students who apply for competitive scholarships are blazing a trail to create a culture on campus that embraces these enriching opportunities. Being a Gilman recipient will certainly open doors for Hannah in the future, and I couldn't be more excited for her.”

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to thrive in the global economy and interdependent world.

In May 2016, Raj N. Patel of Bryant, then a junior student in interdisciplinary studies, was selected as a recipient. In June and July, he studied at Saitama University in Japan.

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. 


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Hannah Massey of Walnut Ridge