University of Vermont

Three UVM Students to Study Abroad on Gilman Scholarships

Gilman winners
Gilman Scholarship winners (from left): Corey Tondreau, Achaleke Taku and Addie Halligan.

Three University of Vermont students have been awarded prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships. The Gilman is a nationally competitive award given to accomplished students with financial need who wish to study abroad, and it seeks to support students as they prepare themselves to become active and engaged citizens in an increasingly globalized world.

Addie Halligan '14, an environmental studies and green design major Portland, Me., received an award. Halligan will spend the spring of studying in Copenhagen, Denmark. Achaleke Taku '14, a double economics and film studies major, received an award to study in Belgium during the spring semester. Originally from Yaounde, Cameroon, Taku came to UVM from Tuscon, Ariz. Corey Tondreau '14 was awarded a Gilman to study in Madagascar for the spring 2013 semester. Tondreau is a wildlife biology major from Rochester, N.H.

The three UVM students received a total of $16,500 in study abroad scholarship money from the Gilman awards for the fall 2012 semester. A fourth UVM student also received the award but has since had a change in study abroad plans.

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. The program provides awards that allow American undergraduate students who receive federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Award recipients are chosen through a very competitive application process.

In 2011, the Institute for International Education ranked the University of Vermont fifth in the nation among public doctoral universities for the percentage of its undergraduate students -- 32.5 percent -- who participate in study abroad programs.

Since 2005, when the university put a centralized fellowship outreach and support program in place, 99 UVM students have won or been finalistsĀ in the country's most prestigious and competitive competitions, including the Fulbright, Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, Udall, Truman, Madison, Gilman and Boren Overseas scholarships.