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2012-2013 Gilman Scholarship Recipients

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. We are proud to announce that this year two UNO students are recipients of this prestigous award.

Shelby Kendrick | Brodie Leblue

Shelby Kendrick
Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey
Academic Semester Abroad, Spring 2013
UNO History Major


This Spring, I’ll be attending Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey. I will be taking classes in History, Turkish language, and Turkish Mythology. I am very grateful for the Gilman Scholarship as it will help me make this trip possible without the worry of student loans. Studying abroad and experiencing a culture I am interested in is crucial to my academic growth as an aspiring historian.

While in Turkey, I plan to produce a topic on which to write my senior honors thesis, which I will complete my senior year. This trip will not only give me the experience of a lifetime, but expose me to a new language that I can use in graduate study. It will also afford me the opportunity to examine primary sources that are not available in the United States which will greatly aid me in writing my thesis.

By being granted the opportuntiy to study abroad, I will benefit from not only that incredible experience, but I will also be exposed to a language relevant to the area I want to study, the Middle East, and I will be able to complete a compelling thesis-- all of which will increase my chances of being admitting to a competitive graduate program. It is an incredible honor to receive both the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Study Abroad and the SG Senatorial Award at UNO as both will impact my career, my life, and my future as a whole.


Brodie LeBlue
Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey
Academic Year Abroad, 2012-2013
UNO Political Science Major

Little more than six months ago I arrived in Turkey with little more than the wind at my back and the sun in my eyes. In the first three months before the fall semester began, I visited places as different as the capital, Ankara, to a small tea farming village in the northeast. I ate new food, met new people, learned new things, and most importantly of all, I made new friends. 

In my time here, I've ridden horses, seen spectacular natural wonders, eaten foods that would make sensitive stomachs cringe, and discovered new and wonderful things about myself. Istanbul is one of the major metropolises of the world; that goes without saying. But there is so much to discover and many hidden jewels in the city, from a Japanese garden to a tucked away South American restaurant. At first glance it seems like you can know Istanbul after only a few short weeks, but further scrutiny would show you just how wrong you are. With more restaurants than you can shake a finger at and more historical sights than it would seem possibl, this incredible 2,600 year-old city also has a vibrant nightlife and the country offers much for the intrepid traveler to discover and enjoy. 

Another large benefit to studying abroad in Turkey is, surprise surprise, the opportunity to learn about a misunderstood region. Yeditepe offers fantastic courses on getting to know your new home and on the Middle Eastern region. I've taken advantage of this spectacular opportunity by loading up on courses that teach the history, the culture, and the politics of the Middle East. These courses have shown that the war-battered region is not so easily pinned down with a few pigeon-holing terms. Yeditepe has also granted me the opportunity to write and research my senior honor's thesis (about the current ruling party of Turkey) with professors that are experts on all facets of Turkish politics, which is essential for my career as a political science major at UNO.

I am a recipient of both the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Study Abroad and the UNO SG Presidential Award for Study Abroad. If it wasn't for the combined help of these awards, this experience would not have been possible. And because of these scholarships, I can look forward to another six months in the Turkish Republic, learning the politics, learning the language, and learning the people-- truly a once in a lifetime experience.


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