News Release| Gilman International Scholarship Program; Cal State L.A.


Gilman Program offers boost for
CSULA students’ global studies

Jones, Yu also receive CSU Wang Family Scholarships

Angeles, CA --

Cal State L.A. students Jazmine Jones, Amabel Robles and
Tyren Thompson are each awarded a $5,000 Gilman Scholarship
to further their studies in China, Spain, and South Korea, respectively,
for one full academic year. Another CSULA student, Sam Yu, receives
a $4,000 Gilman Scholarship to study in Taiwan.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program aims to

better prepare students to assume significant roles in an increasingly
global economy and interdependent world. The Program offers grants for
U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue
academic studies abroad.

Picture of 2010 Gilman Scholarship recipients.
2010 Gilman Scholarship recipients at Cal State L.A.: (l-r) Sam Yu, Jazmine
Jones, Amabel Robles and Tyren Thompson.

Communications major Jazmine Jones (Los Angeles resident) will be
studying at Peking University in Beijing, China, starting August 27. She
will be taking Mandarin courses to fulfill her minor in Chinese. Jones,
who hopes to pursue a career in international relations, said, “I am a
Chinese minor, so I know that the best way to become entirely immersed
in the language would be to live and study in a place that spoke it.”
She is also a recipient of a $4,000 CSU Wang Family Scholarship.

As for Spanish major Amabel Robles (Bell Gardens resident), she
will be traveling to Spain to study at Universidad Complutense de Madrid
starting August 23. Robles indicated that she will be taking courses in
Spanish American Literature; Women in Hispanic Literature; Poetry,
Narrative and Theatre; Cervantes and Don Quixote; Theater of the Golden
Age; and Contemporary Spanish Cinema. She said, “It is imperative for me
to learn more about my culture and roots, and I believe studying in
Spain will be a life-changing experience that will enhance my education
in both academic and personal levels.”

On August 16, business major Tyren Thompson (Westchester
resident) will begin studying at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. He
plans to take courses in his major alongside Korean language and history
classes. He is interested in learning American history from Korean
scholars’ perspectives, as well as Korean history, specifically the
conflict between North and South Korea. Thompson said, “By incorporating
what I will learn abroad and what I have learned in the United States, I
will have a competitive edge in the professional and academic realm.”

Traveling to Taipei, Taiwan, on September 14, finance major Sam Yu
(Los Angeles resident) will be studying at National Taiwan University. 
Yu said, “To successfully practice international business in Asia, I
realized it would be essential that I master Chinese Mandarin and
understand the subtleties of the culture. Not only will this
program…immerse me in a world where I will develop my linguistic skills,
I will have a chance to establish professional networks with
accomplished peers and alumni, clearly an invaluable asset in my
career.” He is also a recipient of a $4,000 CSU Wang Family Scholarship.

The congressionally-funded Gilman Scholarship Program is
sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S.
Department of State and administered by the Institute of International
Education-Southern Regional Center in Houston, Texas.

The CSU Wang Family Scholarship Program seeks to provide students with
an opportunity to learn in an international environment and another
culture. The scholarship provides an opportunity for students to prepare
for a role in a rapidly changing international and interdependent world.

Students interested in studying abroad
should contact Cal State L.A.’s International Programs and Services at
(323) 343-3170 and visit its webpage at

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