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Gilman scholarship helps K-State students with education abroad experiences

Friday, Feb. 4, 2022



MANHATTAN — Kansas State University students have been offered the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study internationally.

Recipients of the federal scholarship are Meagan Miller, freshman in interior design, Augusta; Breianna Dixon, junior in animal sciences and industry and pre-veterinary medicine, Kansas City; and Olivia Wiley, junior in animal sciences and industry, Wagoner, Oklahoma.

The Gilman scholarship helps U.S. undergraduate students at two-year or four-year colleges or universities participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Gilman scholarships are congressionally funded and established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000.

Miller has opted to decline the scholarship because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but she will reapply for consideration next year. A graduate of Augusta High School, Miller created a food pantry in her hometown to address food insecurity. She is the daughter of Todd and Kelli Miller, Augusta.

Dixon plans on using the Gilman scholarship this summer to work with exotic animals in Costa Rica or Belize through a four-week pre-veterinary internship or study experience. Dixon is a member of the K-State's chapter of MANNRS — Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. She has received the Steven and Cheri Graham International Agriculture Scholarship, the Nelson and Marilyn Galle International Scholarship, John J. Womack Scholarship Fund and the Mike and Becky Goss Study Abroad Scholarship. A graduate of East High School in Kansas City, Missouri, Dixon is the daughter of Marcus Dixon, Kansas City, and Felicia McInnes, Kansas City, Missouri.

Wiley will use the Gilman scholarship to attend University College Dublin in the fall. She said she is excited to expand her knowledge abroad, which would not have been possible without the scholarship. Wiley is a member of the College of Agriculture Ambassadors. A graduate of Wagoner High School, she is the daughter of Christy Hardin, Wagoner.

"I am happy to see more K-State students, like Olivia, applying for the Gilman scholarship early," said Sara Boro, K-State Education Abroad advisor. "This scholarship is one of a few education abroad scholarships where students can apply a year before they go abroad and use the funding they receive to plan ahead for their program."

A fourth K-State student was offered the Gilman scholarship for spring/summer 2022 but declined acceptance.

The next Gilman Scholarship application deadline is March 1 for students planning to go abroad during summer 2022 or fall 2022. Students also may apply for the scholarship and receive an early decision if they are planning to go abroad in the spring 2023 term. Contact Boro at seboro@k-state.edu with any additional questions.


Sara Boro


K-State Education Abroad

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Augusta and Kansas City, Kansas; and Wagoner, Oklahoma.


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Megan Miller

Kansas State University student Meagan Miller was selected for a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.


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Breianna Dixon

Kansas State University student Breianna Dixon is the recipient of a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.


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Olivia Wiley

Kansas State University student Olivia Wiley is the recipient of a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.