Shirley Chan and Kevin Loder

Shirley Chan and Kevin Loder

Two University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) students received 2015 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to fund their summer study abroad programs.

The Gilman Scholarship is a highly competitive award that helps students cover the costs of a study abroad program, research or internship.

Senior public relations student Kevin Loder will be traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to intern at Rio EnCantos, a cultural tourism company started by UO alumna Kelly Tavares.

“This is one of my achievements that I’m most proud of,” he explains. “Thanks to the Gilman Scholarship I’m able to go this summer and have this pivotal point in my college experience and personal growth. I look forward to sharing my story next year with students and inspire them to go abroad.”

Junior journalism major Shirley Chan will be going to Accra, Ghana, as part of the SOJC Media in Ghana program. Chan will intern as a visual storyteller for the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR), a non-governmental organization (NGO) promoting sexual and reproductive health through advocacy.

“I am a visual storyteller,” says Chan. “Ultimately, my goal is to become a multimedia producer and a proactive journalist. Going abroad will give me the chance to better myself as a journalist, student, and human being. It will be an opportunity to help me tell stories that are silenced—stories that need me to make them heard.”

Gilman scholarship recipients receive up to $5,000 to apply towards study abroad costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study internationally and the countries and regions where they go.

Read more about the Gilman Scholarship and all of the UO students selected for this prestigious award on Around the O.

Story by Jessica Glackin ‘15