McDaniel senior wins study abroad scholarship

August 23, 2010

Izabella Baer-Benchoff, a senior at McDaniel College, has been awarded a Gilman International Scholarship to study this fall at the University of Jordan in Amman.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, which awards up to $5,000 to students for international study, was created 10 years ago and is funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. The program aims to provide study abroad opportunities for undergraduates with financial need.

“This scholarship is going to provide Izabella with the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Rose Falkner, McDaniel’s director of International and Off-Campus Study program. “Study abroad experiences such as this give students like Izabella the edge they need to compete in an increasingly global society.”

The scholarship will afford Baer-Benchoff, who has studied Arabic extensively at McDaniel, the chance to continue her studies of the Arab World.

Baer-Benchoff, a Sociology major, was among about 1,000 students to receive scholarships for Fall 2010 and Summer 2011. Nearly 3,000 students from across the nation competed for the scholarships. This year’s recipients will be studying in 80 different countries, including Paraguay, Malaysia, Rwanda and the United Arab Emirates.