Two Hendrix students received awards from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.

The Hendrix recipients of the Gilman Scholarship areJoshua Hall, a junior from Sheridan, Ark. and Brittany Hearn, a junior from Texarkana, Texas.

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

Hall will study issues related to the European Union — integration, security, institutions, public policy, etc. — next semester through the Hendrix-in-Brussels program at the Institute of European Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels Free University). He will also write and defend a research paper under the direction of an IES professor and complete an internship with a public, private or nonprofit organization. IES grants graduate degrees only but, through a special agreement with Hendrix, educates Hendrix students as well.

Hearn will study abroad this spring through an ISEP exchange program at the Uniwersytet Wroclawski (University of Wroclaw), Poland. She will enroll in a variety of classes, mostly with Polish students. Wroclaw was founded in the 10th century and is one of the oldest cities in Poland with a long and rich history. In the following centuries it was ruled at various times by the Germans, Bohemians, and Prussians. Founded by Leopold I of Habsburg, the University evolved from a modest school run by Jesuits into a large, comprehensive university with more than 42,000 students. Brittany is on the second Hendrix student to study abroad in Poland in the past seven years.

"At Hendrix, we try to minimize hurdles that may prevent students from undertaking transformative, study-abroad experiences," said Dr. Peter Gess, Director of the Odyssey and International Programs at Hendrix and a politics and environmental studies professor. "The Gilman Scholarship will allow Josh and Brittany to complement and deepen their Hendrix educations by engaging with foreign cultures and higher education institutions with differing pedagogies, courses and student bodies."

This congressionally funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education through its office in Houston, Texas. Named after retired congressman Benjamin A. Gilman from New York, the program was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000.

Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, "Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community."