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Animal Science Major Gets Gilman Scholarship

Published date: July 15, 2013

Victoria Brunson, a junior in Virginia State University’s School of Agriculture, is one of over 1,000 outstanding American undergraduate students from almost 400 colleges and universities across the U.S. who have been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to participate in a study abroad program during the Fall 2013 academic term. Victoria will travel to Queensland, Australia, where she plans to take courses in behavioral ecology and study the biodiversity of tropical Australia while attending James Cook University, Townsville.  An intern at the University’s Randolph Research Farm, Victoria is completing a concentration in animal science and pre-veterinary medicine.  Her career goal is to become a veterinarian.  The Gilman Scholarship Program awarded Victoria $4000 to apply towards her study abroad program costs. The funding  enables  scholarship recipients 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.  The list of recipients is available at

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in Houston, Texas, the Gilman Scholarship Program seeks to bring diversity to study abroad participants and the countries and regions where they study.  Since the program’s establishment by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, over 13,000 students nationwide have received this prestigious award. The scholarship is named after Congressman Benjamin Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee.  Program details and 2013-2014 deadlines are available at

A resident of Washington, D.C., Victoria is a former member of the VSU Track and Field Team and a current member  of  the VSU chapter of the NAACP.  Upon her return from Australia, Victoria plans to mentor other students in the School of Agriculture.  After graduating from VSU, she plans to continue her studies in veterinary science. 

For questions about the scholarship application process, students may contact Dr. Maxine Sample, Director of International Education and the Gilman Scholarship Program Campus Advisor ( /804-524-5986). 

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