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FSHS junior gets grant to study in Botswana

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Rebecca Wieneke, a junior in family studies and human services, has received a $2,000 grant from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to study in Botswana.

She hopes to work in adoption and foster care after graduation.

"This scholarship has provided a great opportunity for me to go to Africa where I will be able to grow in knowledge, cultural awareness and self-awareness," she said. "It's so important in today's world to explore other cultures."

Also receiving a Gilman Scholarship is Justine Gruen, an interdisciplinary social sciences and international studies major with minors in Spanish and nonprofit leadership. She will study in Turkey.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is congressionally funded and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. It was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act, and since 2001 has been offering grants to U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue academic studies abroad in hopes of preparing students to assume significant roles in a global economy. Award recipients are chosen through a competitive selection process.

Prepared by University communications and Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services.