Huy Ho ’15 and Mandy Lin (Wong) ’15 have been awarded Gilman International Scholarship Program awards for undergraduate study abroad. Ho plans to study in Vietnam through the School for International Training (SIT) and Lin will study in Denmark through the Danish Institute of Study Abroad, Copenhagen.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

Ho, a sociology major, is a Boston Posse Foundation Scholar at Hamilton, the recipient of a full tuition leadership scholarship. He is a Project SHINE tutor for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), curriculum coordinator for the Young People’s Project, and a tutor for America Reads. Ho works at Hamilton’s Burke Library and last summer interned for the Posse Foundation in Boston. He is the son of Duong Dinh and Lee Ho and a graduate Charlestown (Mass.) High School.

Lin, a chemistry major and Opportunity Programs student, was the recipient of a Levitt Research Fellowship in 2013, which enabled her to travel to China to research perspectives on China’s educational system. She is a Hamilton Admissions Office tour guide, Recycling Task Force coordinator, and a member of the Young People’s Project. Lin completed a SUNY optometry internship in 2013 and was a summer researcher in Hamilton’s chemistry department in 2012. She is the daughter of Kam Chan of Elmhurst and Kui Lin and is a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School (N.Y.).

The Gilman Scholarship Program was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship 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 and intern abroad programs worldwide.

International experience is critically important in the educational and career development of American students, but it can also require a substantial financial investment. The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study and intern destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The program seeks to assist students from a diverse range of public and private institutions from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs. 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.

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