Two UNC Students Receive State Department Scholarships to Study Abroad

Two University of Northern Colorado students are among 14 students from Colorado colleges selected to receive highly coveted U.S. Department of State scholarships to study abroad during the upcoming fall semester.

Ryan Ballard, a senior Interdisciplinary Studies - International Studies major, will receive $4,500 to study in Taiwan for the semester. Grant Thoresen, a junior International Affairs major, will receive a $5,000 award to study in Kazakhstan.

The funding is through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, which is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

According to officials at UNC's Center for International Education, Ballard and Thoresen are the first UNC students to receive Gilman scholarships since 2003, when the first UNC student received one.

The program, established by Congress in 2000, provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

Approximately 2,300 scholarships are awarded annually.