Prestigious scholarship takes Blugold to South Korea for summer

A Blugold will spend her summer studying in South Korea thanks to a prestigious international scholarship program that supports students interested in enhancing their global skills. 

Pa Nyia Thao, a communication sciences and disorders major at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. As a Gilman scholar, she will study at Ajou University's International Summer School in Suwon, South Korea.

Thao hopes the experience will help her build her knowledge and skill set in working with culturally and linguistically diverse clients.

"As a communication sciences and disorders major at UWEC, I have always been interested in learning more about other cultures and languages, and how to provide effective speech services for culturally and linguistically diverse clients," said Thao, a senior from Wisconsin Rapids.

Thao is one of more than 1,000 American undergraduate students from 332 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The scholarship program is supported by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with the goal of supporting students who want to study or intern abroad.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad, and the countries and regions where they go. 

Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies —better preparing them to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

 The program is administered by the Institute of International Education. More information is available online.