June 12, 2009

Richie LeDonne Earns Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

PORTLAND, Ore. - Sophomore cross country and track & field athlete Richie LeDonne was one of three Lewis & Clark students to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. LeDonne will be traveling to India to study abroad in during the fall semester.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad.Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

There are 820 Gilman Scholarships that will be given out nationally to help students study abroad. The Gilman Scholarship is open to all US citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of their study abroad.
  • The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
  • The applicant is studying abroad for at least 4 weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least 4 weeks.
  • The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the State Department's current Travel Warning list.
  • The applicant is studying in the fall, spring, or academic year terms including winter inter-sessions. Summer only programs are not eligible.

As part of his trip to India, LeDonne will be looking at the artistic aspects of ancient and modern culture - music, dance, art, lights, literature, food offerings, architecture, sculpture. What he learns from Indian culture, he will then teach to a middle school class called Ancient Worlds and Waterways (AWW). The first section of the class will provide the class with a better understanding of modern Indian practices, social issues, and lifestyle in a way that builds on their previous learning. The second part of the lesson for AWW will emphasize the benefits and the importance of an international education in life and in general.

"I will discuss how to pursue an overseas education in the future and what is important to think about before traveling," said LeDonne. "I hope that my perspective will encourage young students to seek out an overseas study program when they are in college."

 

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