Vol State International Travel Includes a New Grant and Scholarships

Submitted on June 25, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Two Vol State students are traveling across the globe this summer as part of an undergraduate study abroad scholarship. Lucas Bates of Cottontown is studying Introduction to Sociology in China. Kyle Nagy of Goodlettsville is studying Biology on the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. The national Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This is the first time Vol State students have received the scholarship. Both of the students will study abroad for four weeks. During the summer 2012 application cycle, the Gilman Scholarship Program reviewed more than 2,600 applications for over 500 awards.

In other international education news, Vol State associate professors Dr. Eldo Osaitile and Dr. Girija Shinde have been chosen to take part in a Tennessee Board of Regents Access and Diversity grant program that seeks to increase minority participation in international education. They will have extensive training to incorporate international and diversity elements into core curriculum classes. They will then recruit minority students for international travel-study experiences. The program is run by Pellissippi State Community College and the TnCIS program.

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