Carroll Students Awarded Gilman Scholarships to Study Abroad

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

HELENA - Carroll College is pleased to announce that Hope Emmanuel Grey and Natalie Yocum are two of 1,413 American undergraduate students from 427 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad in 2020. Emmanuel Grey, a sophomore English writing major from Livingston, Mont., will be studying at La Universidad de Almeria in Spain during the fall 2020 semester. Yocum, a first-year biology and environmental science major from Arlee, Mont., will be participating in Carroll’s French Immersion Abroad program during this upcoming summer.

As an English major with aspirations in business writing and cinematography, Emmanuel Grey will study in Almeria, Spain, at La Universidad de Almería to improve her Spanish speaking skills and diversify her global perspective. She hopes to ultimately obtain an internship in Barcelona in the near future working for a feminist independent filmmaker.

“Receiving the Gilman scholarship made my wishful goals realistic,” said Emmanuel Grey. “As someone with complete financial independence from family, I rely on scholarships like these to earn my fantastic education and to gain unique experiences I otherwise would not. This scholarship is the financial magic that will get my flying travel carpet off the ground. Gilman can show you the world, and I hope other students with similar financial backgrounds and tribal affiliations will learn about this opportunity and fight stagnation by traveling abroad.”

Yocum will be studying French in Étretat, France, for five weeks in June of 2020. Along with Carroll College professor Dr. Anneliese Renck and six other students, she will be taking a French class and spending time immersed in both the French language and culture during her time in France. She will be living with a local host family while in Étretat.

“This scholarship is important to me because it means I can stop saying 'oh, I'll do that when I'm older,' and fully explore the meaning of going to a liberal arts school,” said Yocum.

Emmanuel Grey and Yocum are the fifth and sixth Carroll College students in the past three years to receive Gilman scholarships. Rebecca Whitesell ’20 interned in Santiago, Chile, last summer and Rachel Wall ’19 studied abroad in Morocco in the spring. Hailey Kellum ‘19 studied abroad in Italy during the summer of 2018. Cierra Powell ’18 interned in Ecuador in the summer of 2017, served as a Gilman ambassador, and earned a Fulbright award to be an English teaching assistant in the Canary Islands beginning this past September.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Gilman scholarships support students with limited financial means to study or intern abroad. The program offers grants of up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduate students participating in credit-bearing study abroad programs or international internships. Since its inception in 2001, more than 31,000 students in the U.S. have had the opportunity to study and intern abroad in 151 countries with the help of Gilman funds.

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