Carol Elliott | December 5, 2018
Avian Rabenberg-Robinson, a junior business analytics major at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, is one of more than 800 American undergraduate students across the U.S. selected from nearly 3,400 applicants to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the spring 2019 term.
Rabenberg-Robinson will study abroad in Germany at the Berlin Consortium for German Studies, which is run by Columbia University. He plans to study at the Freie Universität zu Berlin (Free University of Berlin), taking an art course at the Gemäldegalerie art museum. Rabenberg-Robinson, who is originally from Grafton, Wisconsin, also hopes to take courses in philosophy and German literature during his time in Germany.
Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or internships abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.
Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies -- making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.
Notre Dame had five recipients and three alternates receive Gilman honors for spring 2019 — the University's best ever performance in a single cycle. Notre Dame’s Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) — which promotes the intellectual development of undergraduates through scholarly engagement, research, creative endeavors and the pursuit of fellowships — assisted students with the application process.
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