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Thirteen Kansas University students have won scholarships to study abroad.
Eight undergraduates received the the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, an award sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that provides $5,000 toward overseas study.
The winning students are Amber Norris, a junior from Wichita, who will study in Argentina; Chad Buttram, a senior from Arkansas City, who will study in India; Der Lee, a senior from Hutchinson, who will study in Japan; Gabriel Alaniz, a sophomore from Overland Park, who will study in Greece; Kasey Hernandez, a sophomore from Garden City, who will study in Taiwan; Lynne Yang, a junior from Kansas City, Kan., who will study in China; Rachel Trottier, a junior from Wichita, who will study in the United Kingdom; and Valencia Johnson, a junior from Wichita, who will study in Ireland.
Three KU students have also received the State Department's Critical Language Scholarship, which is aimed at boosting the number of Americans mastering foreign languages. The winners are Garvey Burrows and Sally Kagay, both juniors from Topeka, who will study Persian in Tajikistan; and Katrina Lynn, a graduate student from Gillette, Wyo., who will study Russian in Russia.
Additionally, Ashlie Koehn, a junior from Burns, was awarded a Boren Scholarship to study in Kyrgyzstan. Anna Balmilero, a junior from Lawrence, received the $10,000 Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship to study in South Korea.