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Release Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:14 PM
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By Jarrod Jackson
University News Service
April 15, 2013      
Gilman Scholar Promotes Opportunities for Study Abroad
Samantha Calixte

WASHINGTON – After receiving a $4,500 scholarship from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, Samantha Calixte, a health management senior, is encouraging other Howard University students to study abroad despite the cost.

Calixte studied health care policies and practices in New Delhi, India for nearly four months during the fall 2012 semester. Calixte also completed a month-long independent research project in which she examined the socio-cultural constraints that keep Indian mothers from adopting healthy breastfeeding practices.

“Cost is one of the top factors prohibiting students from taking part in global opportunities,” she said. “Students shouldn’t worry about cost because there are a lot of opportunities for scholarships.”

The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and provides scholarships for undergraduate students for up to one academic year of study abroad.

Since its inception in 2001, the Gilman Scholarship Program has awarded more than 13,000 scholarships to students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including students with high financial need, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, and students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, among others.

“Studying abroad is a great opportunity,” Calixte said. “I had so many great experiences. It was very different from what I’ve experience in America.”

Each year, the Gilman Program awards approximately 2,200 scholarships. Calixte encourages interested students to apply early.

“Start thinking about studying abroad early,” Calixte said. “Having everything done ahead of time will save you a lot of headaches.”

The next deadline to apply for the Gilman Scholarship is Oct. 31.

For more information on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, visit


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