KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 29, 2013) — On Nov. 5, Emily Brattin, international studies coordinator at the Kansas City Art Institute, will travel to Houston to serve on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program’s scholarship selection panel. She is the first representative from KCAI to have been invited by the U.S. Department of State to serve on the national panel.
Brattin will meet with peers in the field of international higher education to evaluate the applications for spring 2014 awards and to select spring 2014 Gilman scholarship awardees. Several KCAI students have received Gilman scholarships since the program’s inception in 2000.
Established by the International Academic Opportunity Act, the Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad. Recipients are selected U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at two- or four-year colleges or universities. The scholarships allow these students to participate in study- and intern-abroad programs worldwide. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.
The program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. This congressionally funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education through its office in Houston. The program is named for retired New York congressman Benjamin A. Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee.
About the Kansas City Art Institute
The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.
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