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2014 Gilman Scholarship

Published date: January 22, 2014

Virginia State University students Chelsea J. Harris, a senior; and Lillian Coffey, a junior were recently selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Harris and Coffey will participate in a Hospitality and Tourism Management International Internship program in Chengdu, China, during the spring and summer 2014 academic terms. In addition to studying Mandarin language, the students will complete courses in Global Issues and Tourism, Chinese Food and Culture and Multinational Business in China. Their program will be completed with an 18-week internship at an international luxury hotel in Chengdu.lillian

A resident of Charlotte, NC, Coffey is treasurer of the VSU Chapter of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality. Her career goal is to become a general manager of a luxury hotel. Harris, a resident of Glen Allen, VA, was a recent inductee into the VSU College of Agriculture Honor Society and the Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Honor Society. She is pursuing a career in lodging operations management.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad program costs. A limited number of Critical Need Language Scholarships are given each year for a total award of $8,000. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is 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, TX. The program brings diversity to study abroad participants and the countries and regions in which they study.harris

Benjamin A. Gilman retired in 2002 after serving 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, during which time he chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee.

For questions about the Gilman Scholarship application process, contact Dr. Maxine Sample, Director of International Education and the Gilman Scholarship Program Campus Advisor, at or 804-524-5986.

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