Youngstown State University students Tara Esker of Leetonia and Sarah Lewis of Girard have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad.
Lewis, a senior political science and Spanish major, received a $3,000 award to participate in the Spanish, Ecological and Latin American Studies program in Costa Rica starting in August.
Esker, a senior psychology major, received a $2,500 award to study at the University of Winchester in England starting in September.
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers a competition for awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the congressionally-funded scholarship program is administered by the Institute of International Education through its Southern Regional Center in Houston. Since the inception of the scholarship in 2001, nearly 19,000 applications have been received and less than 5,000 scholarships have been awarded.