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Two College of Health Sciences Students Receive Study Abroad Scholarships.

Boise State University’s International Learning Opportunities office has awarded scholarships to two College of Health Sciences students for studying abroad during the spring semester. Additionally, Boise State students have been awarded more than $21,000 in government-funded study abroad scholarships.

Leslie Sedano of Jerome, Idaho, pre-physician’s assistant program, and Tracy Sedano of Jerome, Idaho, health sciences major, were two of five Boise State students that were awarded the competitive Benjamin E. Gilman scholarship for undergraduate study abroad for the spring 2013 semester. The students each received between $2,500 and $5,000 awards. Both students will be studying in San Ramon, Costa Rica.

“Studying abroad provides students with an incredible opportunity to see the world and be immersed in another culture while developing skills and connections that will benefit them for the rest of their lives,” said Sara Dart, education abroad advisor in the International Learning Opportunities office. “Students worry that they cannot afford to study abroad, but there are a significant number of scholarships out there.”

The Gilman award is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The award aims to support students who traditionally have been underrepresented in study abroad programs, including, but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, students with disabilities and students of nontraditional age.