Park University Student Earns Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad

Monday, November 25, 2013

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Ayla Parham, a sophomore secondary education/science major in Park University's Honors Academy from Clever, Mo. (attended Clever High School), has been named a recipient of a 2013-14 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

This nationally competitive scholarship, funded by the U.S. Department of State, provides money for students to study abroad. Parham received a $5,000 scholarship to spend the Spring 2013 semester studying science at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. She is the third student in Park University’s history to receive a Gilman Scholarship. Parham was one of approximately 700 students selected for the award from a pool of more than 2,600 applicants.
The Gilman Scholarship program was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at two-year or four-year colleges/universities to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Since the inception of the Gilman Scholarship program in 2001, more than 50,000 applications have been received and more than 14,000 scholarships have been awarded to students participating in study abroad programs.

The Gilman Scholarship program seeks to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Specifically, the Gilman program offers scholarships for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates in good academic standing. Applicants must meet several additional eligibility requirements, including studying abroad for at least one semester. Summer or short-term programs are ineligible for funding. Visit for more information.

Park University’s adviser for the Gilman program is Angie Peterson, director of global education and study abroad. Contact Peterson at or (816) 584-6510 for more information about the program.