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January 20, 2023

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.  – Four JCCC students have been awarded Gilman Scholarships by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern in countries around the world during summer 2023.

Three students will study at Florence University of the Arts in Italy:

  • Bryan Atse – fashion history
  • Whitley Coke – fashion retail management
  • Eunice McCallop – fashion design

A fourth student, Liberty Wheatley, will study Korean language and culture in Seoul, South Korea, through a Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) program.

“The Gilman Scholarship has enabled our institution to increase the diversity of our study abroad students across many demographics, which aligns with our strategic goal to build an inclusive and equitable campus culture,” said Janette Jasperson, JCCC Coordinator of International Education.

Since 2001, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program has made studying abroad more accessible and inclusive by providing scholarships to outstanding students who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise participate. More than 34,000 Gilman Scholars from across the U.S. have studied or interned in more than 155 countries around the globe.

A Gilman Scholarship enables American students to gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures, skills that are critically important to their academic and career development. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to cover eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, international airfare, passport and visa fees.