Two students from
Indiana University of Pennsylvania were
recently chosen to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International
Scholarship, which will pay for their education abroad as they spend the fall
2018 semester studying in Australia.
Austin Bey, of Pittsburgh, and Frank Manzano, of
Milton, become IUP’s 15th and 16th recipients of the scholarship, which is
awarded by the U.S. Department of State and instituted by the Institute of
International Education. It enables undergraduate students who receive Federal
Pell Grant funding at two- or four-year colleges to study or intern abroad in a
variety of disciplines at a university of their choosing.
Bey and Manzano
were selected from a pool of candidates from colleges and universities across
the country. They were chosen based on their transcripts and two essays they
Communications Media major and graduate of the Pittsburgh Science and
Technology Academy, will be studying at The University of Technology Sydney, in
Australia’s most populous city.
“I hope to see
how others live in their own country,” Bey said. “I want to learn some
different cultural values. The thing I am going to be most excited about is
just meeting new people and making new friends and memories that will last with
me for years.”
carries a double major in accounting and finance at IUP, is a graduate of
Milton High School. He will study at Western Sydney University, in Parramatta,
a suburb of Sydney.
“I am blessed to
be able to receive this scholarship and to be able to fulfill my dreams of
studying abroad,” Manzano said. “I want to gain not only knowledge in my fields
of study, but to advance my overall education of how life works for different
people and different cultures. I want to give myself a head start on learning
new things and adapting to new environments.”
According to the
IIE, in 2016 and 2017 more than 10,000 students applied for the Gilman
Scholarship, with fewer than 3,000 being selected for the award. Of those
students chosen, 30 percent came from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields, and 46 percent were
first-generation college students.