More than a dozen SF State students receive study abroad scholarships

Fourteen SF State students have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad in spring 2012, continuing the University’s strong history of sending students overseas for studies. The awards will allow students to travel to such countries as South Africa, Ghana and the Netherlands.

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Based on need and merit, the scholarships help defray the cost of studying abroad, particularly for students of limited financial means or from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Nine hundred students nationwide received Gilman awards to study abroad this spring.

SF State consistently ranks near the top for students receiving Gilman scholarships, and this semester was no different. The University’s 14 awards, totaling $54,500, put it fourth nationally and match a record set in 2010 for the number of students granted Gilman scholarships for spring travel. Thirteen SF State students received awards for spring 2011.

Nearly 500 SF State students study abroad for a semester or longer each year, putting the University third nationally in that category, said Yenbo Wu, associate vice president for the Division of International Education. SF State is also well above the national average for the percentage of underrepresented students studying overseas, he said.

“That’s our emphasis. We promoted it. We try to encourage people of color and other underrepresented groups to participate in study abroad,” Wu said. “It’s almost part of our culture to help underrepresented students study abroad.”

SF State’s award recipients and study abroad locations are:

  • Delilah Bisase, South Africa
  • Maggie Church, South Africa
  • Guadalupe Gonzalez, Spain
  • Margarita Gonzalez, Ghana
  • Rebecca Hale, Italy
  • Jessica Muller, Netherlands
  • Steve Oh, South Korea
  • Samuel Sager, Netherlands
  • Yannig San Roman, Hong Kong
  • Shawn Swinger, Japan
  • Kirsten Taylor, Ghana
  • Paula Urrutia, France
  • Lhamo Wangden, Austria
  • Wynne Wen, Hong Kong

For more information about study abroad programs at SF State, visit To learn more about the Gilman awards, visit


-- Jonathan Morales