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Hendrix Student Awarded Gilman Scholarship

CONWAY, Ark. (June 17, 2019) – Brandon Casey ’21 of Greenbrier, Ark., will travel to China this summer on a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship, which is a program of the U.S. Department of State, enables U.S. undergraduate students to gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures—the types of training that can prove critically important to students’ academic and career development. Award recipients are chosen through a competitive selection process.

“We’re excited that Brandon is a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship and will represent the College as a participant in this summer’s Hendrix-in-Shanghai program,” said Claudia Courtway, assistant director of international programs at Hendrix. “This is one of our newer study abroad programs, and Brandon will be immersed in the language and culture of China.”

Casey applied for the Gilman Scholarship because of his deep interest in building relationships with people from other countries and improving his language skills. The Hendrix-in-Shanghai program, which is supported by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, provides a four-week experience for seven Hendrix students, led by Assistant Professor Dr. Wenjia Liu. The group will be based in Shanghai, where students will take Chinese language classes and participate in many cultural activities at East China Normal University.

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