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Students Earn Prestigious Study Abroad Scholarships

Three Oklahoma City University students recently earned scholarships to study overseas.

MaryAnn Grover, who just completed her first year at OCU, received a scholarship valued at approximately $1,500 from the University of Exeter’s international summer school. She will participate in the International Relations: Conflict, Security, and Peace program. Grover is majoring in economics and finance with minors in history and Spanish.

She also received a $200 travel scholarship from STA Travel, a student travel agency. STA Travel offered Grover the scholarship upon learning that her family’s home was damaged by the May tornado in Moore. Grover is a member of the University Honors program, the Oikos Scholars program, and is a Chesapeake Scholar in the Meinders School of Business.

Mariah Nonnemacher, an acting major and Chinese minor, will spend 10 weeks this summer in Shanghai, China, where she will study Mandarin and complete an internship with the award-winning filmmaking company, Lost Pensivos. Nonnemacher received an $8,000 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, the highest award level available to students through the program.

Her scholarship includes a $3,000 critical language supplement for her Mandarin language studies. Her internship with Lost Pensivos requires her to assist with the filmmaking and film-editing processes and participate in brainstorming creative ideas with the company’s production team.

Named for former Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman, who served in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee, the Gilman Scholarship program is funded by the U.S. Department of State with an aim of diversifying the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Congressman Gilman stated: “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

Kelsey Ricks, a junior majoring in history and political science with a minor in Spanish, will spend the fall semester at the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain. Ricks was awarded a $1,000 study abroad scholarship from Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines in the U.S.

The Phi Kappa Phi study abroad scholarship requires students to have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 and attend an institution that has an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter. Fifty scholarships are awarded to students from across the U.S. Oklahoma City University’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter was chartered in 2004.

Ricks also received a $1,000 Affiliate Scholarship from Academic Programs International, the university’s program provider for the Pablo de Olavide University program in Seville, Spain.