GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Provides $500 Bonus Awards to Program Participants Receiving Gilman Scholarships

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Bonus dollars open doors to more possibilities for Gilman scholarship recipients studying abroad via GlobaLinks Learning Abroad programs.


Javahnda Kea, a Gilman Scholar studying abroad through GlobaLinks Learning Abroad at Korea University, standing in front of one of the national palaces in Seoul.

"Receiving the bonus award allowed me to readjust my expenses budget and provided me the opportunity to visit the second largest city in South Korea (Busan), in addition to paying for airfare to South Korea's world famous Jeju Island for five days."

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, a provider of international education programs across the globe, is awarding $500 bonus scholarships to participants in its programs who receive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships.

“GlobaLinks Learning Abroad is underscoring the goals of this important international program by awarding Gilman scholars participating in our programs a $500 bonus to support their study abroad plans,” said Cynthia Banks, founder and executive director of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad. “The Gilman Scholars program provides U.S. students of limited financial means with scholarships so they can make the important academic, professional, personal, cultural and social discoveries that come through international education.”

The Gilman Scholarship Program provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Established in 2000 by the International Academic Opportunity Act, the program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

“Receiving the bonus award allowed me to readjust my expenses budget and provided me the opportunity to visit the second largest city in South Korea (Busan), in addition to paying for airfare to South Korea's world famous Jeju Island for five days,” said Javahnda Kea, a senior marketing and international business major at Georgia State University who is studying abroad at Korea University.

Kea describes her time abroad as “the experience of a lifetime” and has immersed herself in the Korean culture through involvement on campus and learning the Korean language. “I also now have a better understanding of Asian culture in general,” she says, “and am even more set on my goal of working in Korea once I obtain my degree.”

Specifically, the Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support a diverse range of students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to:

  • Students with high financial need.
  • Students studying in non-traditional countries, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Students with diverse ethnic backgrounds.
  • Students from a diverse range of institutions including four-year, public, private, community colleges, historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges, Hispanic serving institutions and other minority serving institutions.
  • Students with disabilities.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad annually offers Gilman bonus awards, as well as many other scholarships and funding resources to enhance the affordability of semester, year and summer-abroad programs in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the South Pacific. It also offers financial aid counseling and budgeting advice for all of its programs to students, parents, advisors and study abroad offices.

For more details about scholarship and study abroad funding resources, go to GlobaLinks Learning Abroad’s Scholarships page.

About GlobaLinks Learning Abroad:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, based outside Denver in Westminster, Colo., is a leading provider of education abroad programs for college-level students in destinations across the globe. Students from more than 800 universities and colleges across North America choose to study with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad each semester via its educational programs:, with semester and year abroad, internship, and summer programs in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji via 35 partner universities, and degree programs in Australia and New Zealand at more than 30 institutions:, with semester, year, and summer programs in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand via nine partner universities., with degree, semester, year, and summer programs, including research abroad, in the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Greece, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Italy, and The Netherlands via 17 partner universities.

Since it was founded in 1990, GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has sent more than 20,000 students on educational programs worldwide. For more information, visit GlobaLinks Learning or check out the latest news on our programs and partners at


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