Three Hampshire students have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad in the fall. The scholarship program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Jessica Chapman 07F will conduct research for her Div III (senior thesis) on women’s inclusion in post-conflict reconstruction at the Kigali Institute in Rwanda.
James Sims 09F will take advantage of Hampshire’s exchange program in China to continue advancing his Chinese language skills while studying creative fiction, art, and cultural studies.
Molly Smith 08F will go to Costa Rica as part of Hampshire’s exchange program with the Institute for Central American Development Studies. She will live with a Costa Rican family, study Spanish, and conduct fieldwork while participating in a sustainability and resource management program.
“I hope to learn from Costa Ricans, who generally have a pretty awesome track record in their interactions with the planet, ways Westerners can change our lifestyles to better relate to our environment,” Smith says in an email.
These competitive scholarships, ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 each, make overseas opportunities accessible to a wide range of students.
Thirty-seven Hampshire students will study abroad this fall, with 14 participating in Hampshire College exchange programs and 23 going overseas on field study. Over the 2010-2011 academic year, it is expected that roughly 200 Hampshire students will conduct academic work abroad.
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