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UW-Eau Claire Student Wins
Scholarship to Study in Costa Rica

 MAILED:  Dec. 1, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Junior Aaron Schasse, Eau Claire, has been awarded a $3,000 Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Costa Rica program in spring 2005.

According to Susan Lochner, a student services coordinator at UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education, for the 2005 application cycle, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program received 859 applications for 159 possible awards, making the scholarship very competitive.

"Aaron's application and proposal was one of the best I've ever read," said Lochner. "He had clear goals for what he wants to do in Costa Rica , which involves making a promotional video featuring Costa Rica's young people and their interests. He also described how he would use that video when he returns to help promote the Costa Rica program."

Schasse became interested in the Gilman Scholarship after receiving an informational email sent to all students planning to study in Costa Rica. He has applied to several different scholarship programs and was recently awarded a $300 UW-Eau Claire study abroad grant.

"My decision to study in Costa Rica was an easy one to make," said Schasse. "I would love to see the rainforest, dance to the Latin rhythms, and taste the wonderful foods. I also wanted to challenge myself to learn another language.

"The Gilman looked especially handsome to me because of my non-traditional status and my financial situation — I'm broke," said Schasse. "I geared my proposal essay towards encouraging students on campus to study abroad, and I just wrote the truth about my goals and aspirations."

The Gilman program, which is sponsored by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education, offers grants that allow U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. The program is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The Gilman Scholarship broadens the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise p art icipate due to financial constraints.

For more information about Gilman International Scholarships, visit the Web site.

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Updated: December 1, 2004