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Three U of M Students Awarded Gilman Scholarship for Foreign Study

For release: December 4, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Three University of Memphis students have received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for foreign study for spring 2014.


Alex Galbraith of Brownsville, Tenn., is majoring in Asian Studies and International Trade and business economics. He will study at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in Shanghai, China. The son of LeAnn Beck and Kurt Galbraith, his career goal is to serve as the U.S. ambassador to China.

Lisa Gibson, a biomedical engineering major from Memphis, will study electrical engineering at Hochschule Ulm in Ulm, Germany. She is the daughter of Roger Gibson and Susan Gibson. Her career goal is to do research and development in the industry as a biomedical engineer. Gibson plans to specialize in bioelectricity by combining electrical engineering with biomedical engineering.

Bradley Starnes, a French major from Memphis, will attend the Catholic University of Lille in Lille, France. He is the son of Jimmy and Margaret Starnes. His career aim is to teach French.

“In an increasingly global world, it is important for our students to have an international experience before graduating from college,” said Rebecca Laumann, U of M Study Abroad director. “Studying internationally is not only a rewarding and life-changing opportunity, it also provides students with excellent multicultural skills, an ability to examine issues from a global perspective, fluency in a language, and experiences that may be the highlight of their college career.”

The Gilman Scholarship supports students who may be unlikely to study abroad, including those with financial need, those in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities.

Recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to pay for eligible study abroad costs. Those costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.


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