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Gilman International Scholarship

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

EMPOWERED!

I was afforded the opportunity to Study Abroad as a Benjamin Gilman Scholar at Eastern Illinois University through the Nation Building in the New South Africa program guided by Dr. Michael Loudon. It was by far one of the the most eye opening experiences of my life. Not only did I have an the opportunity to immerse myself in the culture of South Africa, but I was empowered to further my knowledge about the African diaspora and share it with others. My academic studies while in the country helped ground me culturally. Socially, I was taken aback by how welcoming and communal the people were. I couldn't have asked for a better experience in which I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about the country, myself and the diaspora. My time abroad will forever guide my path in life and strengthen my passion to serve and empower others!