MISSOULA – Three University of Montana students recently were awarded prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad during the 2019-20 academic year.
The scholarship winners are Taylor Gregory, a junior in political science and global leadership from Lolo; Allison Grigonis, a senior in management and entrepreneurship and international business from Kalispell; and Mason Hutchinson, a junior in psychology from Missoula.
Gregory will spend fall semester studying political science at Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium. He plans to intern with the Honduran Embassy in Brussels once he completes his studies.
Grigonis will study Japanese and business at Sophia University in Tokyo for the 2019-20 academic year. Her goals are to become fluent in Japanese and experience as much of the country and culture as possible while making friends from around the world.
Hutchinson will study psychology at the American College of Greece in Athens for the 2019-20 academic year. He will do a photojournalistic project focused on the effects of socioeconomic status on mental health in the city following an economic collapse in 2007.
Run by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Gilman Scholarship Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for undergraduate U.S. citizens of limited financial means to study and intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. The Institute of International Education helps implement the program.
“The Gilman Scholarship is a prestigious grant, and UM is proud to support these students,” said Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry, interim director of the Global Engagement Office. “We want to give a special thanks to the UM Writing Center for collaborating with our office to support these adventurous UM students in their professional development.”